Baseball Ground, Derby 28 April 1990 – Doncaster Belles 1–0 Friends of Fulham

Gillian Coultard hits winner as Belles reclaim Cup     Classic match report: North beats South as Doncaster Belles avenge 1985 final defeat by Fulham   Twenty-five years ago Gillian Coultard’s 60th-minute goal condemned Friends of Fulham to their second successive WFA Cup final defeat, before 3,000 fans at Derby’s Baseball Ground. It was theContinue reading “Baseball Ground, Derby 28 April 1990 – Doncaster Belles 1–0 Friends of Fulham”

Players: Maureen Reynolds

Maureen Martin (née Reynolds): Teak-tough England defender and Cup-winning Norwich manager     Born: c.1952, Norwich Position: Defender Debut: Belgium (A) 1 May 1980 Occupation: Office manager (1981), Company director (1986)   It’s one of life’s mysteries how certain people seem to have extra hours in their day. While some of us can spend entireContinue reading “Players: Maureen Reynolds”

True stories: Nigeria at the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup

A wacky tale of sex, cash, drugs, race, witchcraft, politicking, cronyism and rampant age-cheating…   The Nigerian women’s football team’s incredible journey to the inaugural 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup is an inspiring story marred by scandal and intrigue. Amidst farcical scenes and a rotating cast of surreal hangers-on, the team of plucky young womenContinue reading “True stories: Nigeria at the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup”

Five players NOT in the English Football Hall of Fame

…who should be!   National Football Museum’s ‘one female’ policy reeks of tokenism   Recently-retired Arsenal stalwart Faye White was named in the English Football Hall of Fame this month. While Kelly Smith and Rachel Brown are nailed-on certs to join White in the next couple of years. Who could begrudge these warriors their placeContinue reading “Five players NOT in the English Football Hall of Fame”

Players: Lynda Hale

Lynda Hale: Flying winger with a cannonball shot   Born: c.1954, Southampton Position: Right winger Debut: Scotland (A) 18 November 1972 Occupation: Trainee machine operator (1972)   England’s original outside right who wrote her name in the record books by scoring in the first ever match against Scotland. With seven WFA Cup winner’s medals fromContinue reading “Players: Lynda Hale”

Casey Stoney: The Early Years

The making of a champion: England and GB captain Casey Stoney   [Photo removed by request]   A look back at Casey Stoney’s start in the game with Chelsea: where England’s durable ex-skipper forged the mental toughness which separates good players from great ones.  

Players: Sue Hayden

Irish goalkeeping great Sue Hayden     Born: 8 July 1962 Position: Goalkeeper / Defender Debut: v. England (1985) Occupation: Computer operator (1987), Security printer (1994)   Susan Mary Hayden made her Republic of Ireland debut against England in Euro 1987 qualifying and remained in the squad until the 1999 World Cup campaign. An inspirationalContinue reading “Players: Sue Hayden”

Kelly Smith – Goals in International Matches

Kelly Smith – Goals in International Matches Kelly Smith – Goals in International Matches The outstanding English player, who obtained 120 international caps with her two National Teams, has entered the symbolic but exclusive circle of players with a Century of Caps. All matches are friendlies unless stated otherwise.

Players: Claire Lacey

Claire Lacey     Born: 12 June 1975, London Position: Goalkeeper Debut: Portugal (A) 11 February 1996 Occupation: Housing officer (1996)   In a departure for Women’s Football Archive, we give yesteryear a swerve and profile a current player still doing the business at a high level: Claire Lacey of C&K Basildon Ladies.  

Calling all Stattos

Football history buffs of the world, unite!     AUTHORITATIVE football stats site RSSSF.com has published a list of the oldest and youngest players to play and score for their countries.   Now the number crunchers behind the prestigious list, stattos of international repute, need your help to properly credit the women who should beContinue reading “Calling all Stattos”