Goalkeeper blog: So Terry Wiseman was no Hope Solo…

…But without the Terrys there’d be no Hopes!   Or, Standing on the shoulders of giants   LOOK at this video from the Women’s Euro 1984 final. MovementSoccer deserves thanks for posting it – as well as the whole final it came from – on YouTube here.  

Match: Sweden 1–0 England, 12 May 1984, Ullevi (part 2)

Ullevi 12 May 1984 – Sweden 1–0 England   Pia Sundhage’s header beats England in first leg of Euro 84 final   Classic match report: Martin Reagan’s brave England stay in touch for second leg in Luton     Part two in a two-part series: profiling England’s classic Euro 1984 final defeat by Sweden. EnglandContinue reading “Match: Sweden 1–0 England, 12 May 1984, Ullevi (part 2)”

Match: Sweden 1–0 England, 12 May 1984, Ullevi

Ullevi 12 May 1984 – Sweden 1–0 England   Pia Sundhage’s header beats England in first leg of Euro 84 final   Classic match report: Martin Reagan’s brave England stay in touch for second leg in Luton     Part one in a two-part series: profiling England’s classic Euro 1984 final defeat by Sweden. EnglandContinue reading “Match: Sweden 1–0 England, 12 May 1984, Ullevi”

Player: Sue Buckett

Sue Buckett: England’s original goalkeeper     Born: c.1946, Portsmouth Position: Goalkeeper Debut: Scotland (A) 18 November 1972 Occupation: Clerical supervisor (1972), Senior project engineer (1992)   Sue Buckett is an English football great. As England women’s first ever goalkeeper she won 30 caps in a 12-year international career which took her all over Europe.Continue reading “Player: Sue Buckett”

Administrator: Roger Ebben

Roger Ebben     Born: 1947, Southampton Position: Press and media officer Debut: N/A Occupation: Restauranteur (1983), Jewellery shop proprietor (2008)   Roger Ebben: WFA PR Guru   Of all the challenges facing the newly-formed WFA in 1969, the issue of media coverage was perhaps the most pressing. As the first England boss Eric WorthingtonContinue reading “Administrator: Roger Ebben”

Official: Rangers better than Celtic

Fact stranger than fiction in the topsy-turvy world of women’s football   When Celtic face Rangers in the new year, the only thing in question will be the margin of The Hoops’ victory. Right? Well, yes. But also no. Over in the women’s game Celtic are starting from scratch after an exodus of top players,Continue reading “Official: Rangers better than Celtic”

Player: Linda Coffin

Linda Coffin     Born: c.1955, Portsmouth Position: Centre-back Debut: Wales (H) 22 May 1976 Occupation: Section manager (1976), Chargehand (1982)   Linda “The Rock” Coffin: One of England’s finest ever defenders, who backstopped the great Southampton WFC team of her era to four WFA Cup wins.  

Administrator: Linda Whitehead

Linda Whitehead     Linda Whitehead: A lifetime’s dedication to women’s football in England   The smiling public face of the Women’s Football Association from 1980 to 1993, who later served Millwall Lionesses and Arsenal Ladies with distinction. Whitehead is a diligent and well-regarded sports administrator. With her contribution stretching across four decades, icon WhiteheadContinue reading “Administrator: Linda Whitehead”

What they did next: Millwall Lionesses 1991 Women’s FA Cup winners

Spotlight on Millwall Lionesses 1991 – Women’s FA Cup winners     In an iconic final, Millwall Lionesses’ class of ’91 beat Doncaster Belles, the holders, 1–0 at Prenton Park to lift their first Women’s FA Cup. In the Greater London League they saw off Friends of Fulham and Arsenal to qualify for the firstContinue reading “What they did next: Millwall Lionesses 1991 Women’s FA Cup winners”

Match: Lowestoft 2–0 Cleveland, 1 May 1982, Loftus Road

Loftus Road 1 May 1982 – Lowestoft Ladies 2–0 Cleveland Ladies   Woe for Cleveland as Lowestoft’s Linda Curl and Angie Poppy put a new name on the Women’s FA Cup   Classic match report: Spartans dashed by Waves who secure 1982 WFA Cup     In May 1982 goals from Linda Curl (26) andContinue reading “Match: Lowestoft 2–0 Cleveland, 1 May 1982, Loftus Road”