Although largely un-reported by the mainstream press, Arsenal Ladies Football Club have this week have put the cherry on top of a feat which is a minor miracle in football terms. This accomplishment has never been bettered or equalled by their English counterparts, male or female, and unlikely to occur again.
By securing the Premier League title, The UEFA Cup, the League Cup and the FA Cup they have powered their way to an unprecedented quadruple. This included a “perfect” domestic league season in which they won every game, home and away, racking up 119 goals in 22 games (conceding only 10), culminating in a 6-0 thrashing of Leeds. Islington council have responded by giving them the freedom of the Borough which historically, and bizarrely, allows them to drive their sheep over the Borough's common land and get free coffee from one of the area’s many cafes (ironically owned by a Spurs fan).
Vic Akers, the team’s long serving manager, proudly surveyed his team’s achievements this year by saying, “It doesn’t get any better than this”. He’s put together a formidable team as their last League defeat came against Charlton Athletic on October 15, 2003, meaning the club have been unbeaten in three and a half years. Due to their domination of the domestic league, Arsenal have had 9 call-ups to the England Squad which recently beat Iceland 4-0 with all Arsenal scorers (Chapman, Yankey and captain Kelly Smith). This is a great result in the run-up to September’s World Cup in China where England are grouped with World Champions Germany, Argentina and Japan.
You can see and read more about Arsenal LFC here but Londonist wants to know when they get their open top bus parade through the streets of North London.