Rafferty chooses her decade’s best
news Wed 6 Dec 2017
Claire Rafferty hopes tonight's game against Spurs can be added to the list of her most memorable fixtures during 10 years as a Chelsea Ladies player.
In the recent matchday programme for our Champions League meeting with Rosengard, which was given away free to ticket holders, Raff revealed a few of her favourite matches as a Blue, plus one historic England game thrown in for good measure...
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
Women’s FA Cup quarter-final
12 April 2015
When we beat them at their place, I knew it was going to be a special season – and when we did it again in the league later on that year, I knew the tables had turned with regards to the heavyweight club of London. I remember thinking after that game, “We’ve got a good chance of doing something this season.” And we all know how it ended.
Chelsea 1-0 Notts County
Women’s FA Cup final
1 August 2015
The FA Cup final was such a momentous occasion and day. We knew it was going to be close because they were always well organised, but Ji So-Yun scored the first goal of the game, which was so crucial, and we held on. Winning that first trophy for the club, and lifting it with Kate, is something that will stay with me forever. Playing in front of all my family and friends at Wembley, all that hard work in the years leading up to it and watching the club transform itself – it was all worth it for that moment.
Chelsea 4-0 Sunderland
FA Women’s Super League 1
4 October 2015
We’d had such a good defensive record all season apart from one game – away at Sunderland. We went into this match knowing a win would guarantee the title and when Ji scored the first goal, the relief just took over – all the emotions that had built up throughout the season...we ended up running riot, winning the game 4-0 and the league title was ours.
Canada 1-2 England
Women’s World Cup quarter-final
28 June 2015
It’ll be quite hard to top 2015! Beating Canada was my favourite game of the World Cup. It was a quarter-final in front of something like 60,000 supporters in Vancouver and I think it was Canada Day, too! To win there was great and although we lost in the semi-final to Japan in heartbreaking fashion, we picked ourselves up to secure an historic win over Germany which meant a bronze medal. I’ve got so many great memories from that tournament.
Chelsea 1-0 Glasgow City
Women’s Champions League first round, first leg
8 October 2015
For most of my time at Chelsea, I never really paid much attention to the Champions League because it never looked like a possibility for us. So to make my and the club’s debut in the competition was a special night – although, disappointingly, they didn’t play the anthem before the game! Fran Kirby scored the only goal of the game with a spectacular strike and we ended up going through comfortably.
Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City (AET)
Women’s FA Cup, semi-final
17 April 2016
We won’t talk about the final that season, but what a great feeling it was to win this game. This almost felt like the final – I wish it was – and it was such an incredible moment when Fran Kirby scored the winner with the last kick of extra-time. I remember the bundle afterwards, it was like we’d won the World Cup or something! I’d been subbed off and I ran onto the pitch to celebrate and our goalkeeper coach, Stuart Searle, went nuts as well.
- Tonight's game at Kingsmeadow kicks off at 7pm. Tickets are £3 adults, £1 juniors and seniors