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It is one of sports most enduring debates - can women compete with men?
It is 35 years since the infamous 'Battle of Sexes' between tennis legend Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs and next week Chelsea Ladies will be hoping to overcome a Chelsea Old Boys team featuring a host of former international stars.
The first Battle of the Sexes ended with a straight sets victory for Billie Jean King, prompting debates throughout the sporting world and inspiring sportswomen such as Michelle Wie and Annika Sorenstam to compete on equal terms with their male counterparts.
The Chelsea Ladies team will be using King's triumph as their inspiration as they take on the men who have a wealth of experience of the top flight.
Not that the women are without their stars. With 6 full internationals and 5 junior internationals as well as UEFA and World Cup winners in the squad, the game is delicately poised and despite being two weeks away, the mind games between the teams has already started.
"We're younger fitter and faster," said Ladies Manager Steve Jones, "it will be close but I think we'll edge it."
Old Boys player manager and Chelsea legend Clive Walker disagreed: "We may not have the pace we did a few years ago but we have got strength and experience on our side - it'll be interesting but we're going flat out to win it."
The game will be held on 10 August 3pm at the Met Police Ground at Imber Court. Entry is £4 for adults £1 for under 16s and is free for schools and junior football clubs when accompanied by a coach or teacher. Proceeds from the game will go towards the Chelsea Past Players Trust.
The Past Players Trust was established in 2006, inspired by the late Tony Banks, who tirelessly raised funds for former players. All money raised by the Trust is used to provide medical and financial assistance to past players who have given so much to Chelsea during the course of their careers.
Chelsea Ladies (from): Siobhan Chamberlain, Kylie Davies, Shelby Hills, Laura Cooper, Emma Delves, Anita Asante, Sian Larkin, Jess Smith, Lorrie Fair, Danni Buet, Casey Stoney, Sophie Perry, Claire Rafferty, Elizabeth Edwards, Dunia Susi, Katie Owen, Eniola Aluko, Lianne Sanderson.
Chelsea Old Boys (from): Peter Bonetti, Dave Beasant, Keith Dublin, Clive Walker, Paul Canoville, Trevor Aylott, Ray Wilkins, David Stride, Ken Monkou, Tommy Langley, Gareth Hall, Graham Wilkins, Colin Pates, Gary Chivers.
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