BRISTOL, ENGLAND - MAY 26: FA Women's Cup Final 2012 at Ashton Gate on May 26, 2012 in Bristol, England. (The FA via Getty Images)

PREVIEW: Birmingham City v Chelsea

Birmingham City are taking fans back to 2012 tomorrow afternoon when the club screen their first FA Women’s Cup final appearance against fellow debutants Chelsea.

Neither club had ever featured in an FA Women’s Cup final and there was an opportunity to add a new name on a trophy which Arsenal had lifted in five of the previous six years.

Ahead of tomorrow’s re-run of the final, we take a look back at the build up to the showpiece which was played out in-front of 8,723 fans at Ashton Gate in Bristol.

Birmingham City qualified for the final by defeating 10-player Bristol Academy 4-1 at The Lamb Ground in Tamworth. Rachel Williams and Karen Carney both netted braces in that match. The Blues had previously seen off Liverpool 3-0 in the fifth round and Sunderland 4-0 in the sixth round, they disposed of both opponents on home soil.

Chelsea reached the final without conceding a single goal. They defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 at home in the fifth round before winning 2-0 at Doncaster Rovers Belles in the sixth round. The South West Londoners caused a real upset in the semi-finals by beating holders Arsenal 2-0 at Brentford’s Griffin Park.

David Parker’s Birmingham City squad was crammed full of talent. Eight of the 11 players who would start the 2012 FA Women’s Cup final against Chelsea either had, or would gain, senior international honours for England. The Chelsea side led by Matt Beard included goalkeeper Carly Telford, defender Sophie Ingle and midfielder Drew Spence who are also representatives of the Blues in the present day. Birmingham City would end the 2012 FA Women’s Super League 1 campaign nine points and four places above their FA Women’s Cup final opponents.

Birmingham City’s 2012 FA Women’s Cup final re-run will be screened on the Blues’ official Facebook page and on FA Player at 3pm tomorrow afternoon.

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