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Nottingham Forest to host FA Women's Cup final

Jane Ludlow
Jane Ludlow lifts the Cup after Arsenal beat Sunderland at Pride park

Nottingham Forest's City Ground has been selected to host the FA Women's Cup final for the third time in the past four years.

Last season the game was staged at Derby County's Pride Park.

But this year's showpiece final returns to the City Ground on the May Bank Holiday (Monday, 3 May).

Forest chief executive Mark Arthur said: "We have proved we can successfully stage the highest profile women's football event in the UK."

He added: "Hopefully the 2010 final will be every bit as memorable, for players and supporters alike, as the previous games at the City Ground."

The City Ground still holds the record attendance for a domestic women's game in England, with 24,582 fans attending the 2008 final between Arsenal and Leeds.

Women's football is right at the heart of Nottingham's 2018 World Cup offer

Nottingham City Council leader Jon Collins

Forest also hosted the 2007 final between Arsenal and Charlton, but the event moved to Pride Park last season when Arsenal once again emerged victorious, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Sunderland.

Nottingham City Council leader Jon Collins said: "Women's football is right at the heart of Nottingham's 2018 World Cup offer with an ambition for Forest's proposed new stadium to become the national home for the women's game in England - the Wembley for women - as well as hosting World Cup matches."

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see also
Arsenal win FA Women's Cup
04 May 09 |  Women
Pride Park to host women's final
19 Dec 08 |  Women
Forest not hosting Women's final
05 Sep 08 |  Women
Leeds laid bare by Arsenal class
06 May 08 |  Women
Arsenal Ladies 4-1 Charlton Women
07 May 07 |  Women

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