That’s all folks!

The Women’s Football Archive project has now closed.   Thanks are due to friends and collaborators: Neil Morrison from RSSSF, Ian Nannestad from Soccer History magazine and Scottish soccer buff Stuart Gibbs.   See also some excellent work happening at The National Football Museum’s Hidden History blog and football historian Jean Williams’s JJ Heritage site.Continue reading “That’s all folks!”

Calamity Belles!

Doncaster Belles 0–9 Blackburn Rovers; Belles kids given brutal induction to FA Women’s Northern League at the hands of Blackburn Rovers     For the Belles faithful, this must have been gut-wrenching to witness. The former Queens of English women’s football, reduced to such a pitiable state just three months after carrying off the WSL2Continue reading “Calamity Belles!”

EDITORIAL: Soaring Lincoln City must bring back Lincoln Ladies

Resurgent Imps back from the brink – but lacking the final piece of comeback jigsaw     LINCOLN CITY tasted Wembley glory this season, for the first time in their proud history.   Okay, it might ‘only’ be the Checkatrade Trophy (or The Auto Windscreens Shield, in old money) but the fans are on cloudContinue reading “EDITORIAL: Soaring Lincoln City must bring back Lincoln Ladies”

Players: Hristina Hristova

Hristina Hristova     ХРИСТИНА ХРИСТОВА   Hristina Hristova: Bulgarian star who captained her national team and tore it up in Italy with Milan   Born: 26 February 1963, Sofia Position: Right winger Debut: TBC Occupation: Airline Chef (1987)   For this article we’re widening the Women’s Football Archive net, to bring you a profileContinue reading “Players: Hristina Hristova”

Review: Hull honours Flo Bilton

Hull recognises late WFA icon Flo Bilton with a plaque     Review: Flo Bilton honoured by Hull City Council as part of their launch of International Women’s Week and the Lord Mayors Personal Legacy Project through the unveiling of 100 Centenary Plaques, Monday 5th March 2018.  

Lúcia Feitosa is the new coach of Italy’s women’s futsal team

Italian FA hire Lúcia Feitosa to women’s futsal national team post   Exclusive: Brazilian legend scoops Italian futsal coaching gig   News reaching Women’s Football Archive towers suggests Lúcia Feitosa will coach the Italian women’s ‘futsal’ team in 2018.   “So what?!” you cry in unison.   Well, Maria Lúcia Alves Feitosa is a bonaContinue reading “Lúcia Feitosa is the new coach of Italy’s women’s futsal team”

Match: Ireland 0–4 Denmark, 17 April 1985, Glenmalure Park

Glenmalure Park 17 April 1985 – Ireland 0–4 Denmark   Denmark too strong for Ireland in Dublin   Classic match report: Lone Smidt Hansen-inspired Danes thump Ireland 4–0 in prestige friendly     As Martin O’Neill’s boys in green battle Denmark for a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we’ve delved into theContinue reading “Match: Ireland 0–4 Denmark, 17 April 1985, Glenmalure Park”

Players: Pat Firth

Patricia “Pat” Firth: Wunderkind striker and pioneering female coach   Born: c.1957, Leeds Position: Forward Debut: Scotland (H) 23 June 1973 Occupation: Production worker (1976)   A striking prodigy from Leeds who burst on the scene in a flurry of GOALS. She blasted a sensational debut hat-trick – England’s first ever – against Scotland inContinue reading “Players: Pat Firth”

Prenton Park, Birkenhead 27 April 1991 – Doncaster Belles 0–1 Millwall Lionesses

Yvonne Baldeo hits winner as Lionesses stun Belles and seize Cup     Classic match report: Millwall end Belles hoodoo to win their first national Cup   Prenton Park’s first big women’s fixture: this classic Cup final in 1991 between Doncaster Belles and Millwall Lionesses. Odds-on favourites Donny lost out on a fifth win inContinue reading “Prenton Park, Birkenhead 27 April 1991 – Doncaster Belles 0–1 Millwall Lionesses”