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Football - 06. May 2007.

Charlton Athletic take on Arsenal in English FA Cup Final

The FA Women's Cup sponsored by E.ON
The Final 2007
Charlton Athletic v Arsenal
1pm, Monday 7 May 2007
The City Ground, Nottingham Forest FC
Live on BBC One

Charlton midfielder Katie Holtham is hoping The FA Women's Cup Final will kick-start a superb summer for English female football.

A record crowd is already guaranteed for the game between Arsenal and Charlton at Nottingham Forest's City Ground on Monday 7 May, with more than 17,000 tickets sold in advance.

And millions of viewers will tune in to watch the match live on BBC television as women's football begins an exciting build-up to the World Cup Finals in China in September where England will compete.

And Holtham says: "The FA Women's Cup Final is a massive event because it gives so many people the chance to see top-class female football.

"It's great to have lots of young girls watching and maybe inspire them to take up football or get more involved.

"And this is the start of the road towards China, with lots of potential England players already excited about the thought of the World Cup."

Holtham accepts that Charlton will be the underdogs against Arsenal, but is determined to help her side produce a shock.

"Arsenal are obviously the favourites with the way they have been playing in the League and also in Europe," she adds.

"But we were the last team to beat them, when we won 2-1 last season, so we know we can do it and we are going there to claim the trophy."

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