Players: Liz Deighan

Liz Deighan: North-east football pioneer whose greatest legacy stands on Merseyside…     Born: c. 1953, Northumberland Position: Midfielder Debut: France (H) 7 November 1974 Occupation: Computer programmer (1981), electronic test engineer (1983), technical training tutor (1991)   Elizabeth “Liz” Deighan is an English soccer great. That a generation of Lionesses fans have grown upContinue reading “Players: Liz Deighan”

Guest blog: Scottish football held back by “man’s game” delusion

…Or, A man’s a man for a’ that     A recent Edinburgh derby match gave ample insight into why Scottish football remains in the grubber.  

Match: Arsenal 2–1 Doncaster Belles, 28 March 1993, Highbury Stadium

Belles beaten as Arsenal move to brink of first title   Wheelchair-bound boxer Michael Watson on the Highbury turf, surrounded by chart-toppers Aswad   Classic match report: nouveau riche Gunners edge out Belles before record Highbury crowd   December’s bumper 3,256 crowd at Brighton’s AMEX Stadium left women’s soccer stattos scratching their noggins. Was itContinue reading “Match: Arsenal 2–1 Doncaster Belles, 28 March 1993, Highbury Stadium”

Players: Clare Wheatley

Clare Wheatley: Buccaneering left-back who overcame injury to become an Arsenal icon     Born: 4 February 1971, Kingston upon Thames Position: Left-back Debut: Croatia (A) 18 April 1996 Occupation: PE teacher (1996)   Ten years as a player and ten more as an off-field exec have made Clare Wheatley part of the furniture atContinue reading “Players: Clare Wheatley”

Report: #SHEKICKSBACK 2, Doncaster, 23 November 2015

Walker, Smith and Coultard meet their public at Doncaster roadshow   On a rainy Monday night in November, the #SHEKICKSBACK roadshow rolled into Doncaster. Following an earlier event in London organisers chose Doncaster Belles territory for the second edition, in honour of the South Yorkshire giants’ proud history.   A joint venture between women’s soccerContinue reading “Report: #SHEKICKSBACK 2, Doncaster, 23 November 2015”

Mundialito Femminile ’84 – The Little World Cup

Martin Reagan’s beaten Euro 84 finalists square off against Belgium, West Germany and Italy in Jesolo and Caorle     In the days before the FIFA Women’s World Cup there was the Mundialito…   An invitational tourney along the lines of the latter day Cyprus or Algarve Cups, it was a much bigger deal thanContinue reading “Mundialito Femminile ’84 – The Little World Cup”

Right to Reply: Farmer on Stoney

Chelsea founder Tony Farmer sets the record straight   In March 2015, Women’s Football Archive published Casey Stoney: The Early Years. Now Chelsea founder and ex-boss Tony Farmer has taken the time to get in touch and point out some major shortcomings in the article. Tony hasn’t pulled any punches in patiently laying out theContinue reading “Right to Reply: Farmer on Stoney”

Players: Debbie Bampton

Debbie Bampton: Highly-decorated midfield powerhouse     Born: 7 October 1961, Sidcup Position: Midfielder Debut: Netherlands (A) 30 September 1978 Occupation: Cashier (1981), Selector (1982), Courier (1987), Footballer (1988), Postwoman (2005)   Right… where to start with this one!? A Hall of Famer with an MBE for services to women’s football. Six Women’s FA CupContinue reading “Players: Debbie Bampton”

Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa 7 July 1970 – England 5–1 West Germany

England crush German rivals at 1970 Women’s World Cup in Italy     Remember when England whupped Germany 5–1? No, not that time. Y’know… 1970… at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa? Before Stevie G, Michael O and, er, Emile H were even born. No? Then read on…  

Players: Sue Law

Sue Law: Gutsy England defender who carried the fight off the pitch   Born: 25 April 1966, Rochford Position: Defender Debut: Wales (N) 17 August 1985 Occupation: Sport Development Officer (1989), FA Head of Equality (2015)   Defender Sue Law played around 40 times for England and represented Pelynt, Brighton, Millwall Lionesses and Bromley BoroughContinue reading “Players: Sue Law”