Women's Team

White: We’ll fight tooth and nail to defend FA Cup

Ellen White says City will fight ‘tooth and nail’ to keep our name on the Women’s FA Cup.

Gareth Taylor’s side host Chelsea in the 2020/21 semi-finals on Sunday, targeting a place in what would be a fourth Wembley Final in five years.

City are the current holders, having lifted the trophy in 2019 and 2020, and White, who edged closer to becoming England's all-time record goalscorer on Tuesday, asserts her side are desperate to retain the coveted silverware.


With a home tie, the England striker (and Ballon d’Or nominee) asserted her teammates are ready to give their absolute all and hopes the familiar surroundings of the Academy Stadium, plus a vocal City following, will prove a strong advantage.

“The FA Cup is really special,” she told mancity.com. “We’re the holders of the trophy and it’s something we’ll be fighting tooth and nail to defend.

“It’s an amazing competition and one we were determined to be part of. We all know what it means – we love the FA Cup

“The win over Leicester in the quarter-finals was a really important win for our season – to progress and stay in the competition – and it’s great that we’re playing at home in the semi-finals.

“Having home advantage at this stage is really important. We love playing at the Academy Stadium and we hope the fans can come out to cheer us on.

“We’ll give everything to get the result we want and hopefully, put in a big performance for the fans.

“It’s a great chance for us to progress. We’ll do all we can to reach the Final.”

Though Chelsea have never won at the Academy Stadium in 90 minutes, City have not beaten Emma Hayes’ side since our last FA Cup semi-final meeting in April 2019.

The pair are familiar foe, having battled it out for every piece of domestic silverware over recent years, meeting on five occasions in this competition and four times at the last four stage.

Though the League Champions have edged recent encounters, White insists City have no fear heading into the eagerly-awaited clash against her former Club.

“It’s always a really exciting game against Chelsea,” she continued. “It’s a big one for us.

“We know all about them and we have total respect for what they’ve done – they have a great front line, the system they play, the fact they have a lot of players who have been there for a number of years but have added as well…

“They’re a tough team to break down but we have more than enough in our squad to get the result we want and we know that when we perform on our day, we can beat anyone.

“There’s no doubt they’re a very good team but so are we. We’ll be doing our homework and if we do the basics really well and stick to our gameplan, there’s no reason why we can’t get the win.

“We have belief and confidence that we can progress.”


Sunday's semi-final clash is a 12:45pm kick-off at the Academy Stadium.

Tickets are available from just £1 for Under-16s and as the game falls on Hallowe'en, we have tonnes of activities and competitions planned to celebrate.

Secure your seat now and cheer us on to the Women's FA Cup Final!