Women's FA Cup final: Attendance record smashed as 30,000 fans watch Chelsea beat Notts County

 
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Chelsea's Ji So-Yun (l) scored the only goal of the game (Source: Getty)

Chelsea Ladies beat Notts County Ladies 1-0 in front of the biggest crowd ever gathered for a Women's FA Cup final.

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Ji So-Yun scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea won their first Women's FA Cup in front of over 30,000 fans at Wembley.

The record attendance was almost double the crowd of 15,098 that who watched Arsenal beat Everton at last year's final in Stadium MK in Milton Keynes.

It also marks the first time the game has attracted more than 20,000 fans this decade - the previous record was held by the 2008 final where 24,582 fans turned up at the City Ground to watch Arsenal thrash Leeds United.

England's thrilling march to the Women's World Cup semi-final in June spiked new levels of interest in the women's game, with 12.6m viewers tuning in to watch the late night kick-offs from Canada - more than double the total viewers of the Euro 2013 competition.

Yesterday the FA announced that it would be making a joint £3.7m investment with Sport England to a female football participation programme.

Star Chelsea forward Eniola Aluko heralded the win to the BBC:

The overwhelming emotion right now is just relief. It has been a long time coming...We were disciplined and got the win. This is history in the making I couldn't be more proud of this group of players.

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