Players: Pat Davies

Pat “Thunder” Davies     Born: c.1955, Netley Position: Striker Debut: Scotland (A) 18 November 1972 Occupation: Valuations clerk (1972)   Nicknamed “Thunder” for her booming shot, England’s original centre-forward was small in stature but big in goals.   A deadly striker whose aerial prowess belied her lack of inches, Davies burst on the sceneContinue reading “Players: Pat Davies”

Players: Janet Bagguley

Janet Bagguley     Born: c.1955, Buxton Position: Defensive midfield Debut: Scotland (A) 18 November 1972 Occupation: TBC   Midfield enforcer Bagguley, 17, made it through the trials into Eric Worthington’s original England squad in 1972. She also played netball to a high standard.  

Player: Miss C.V. Richards

The death of Miss C.V. Richards: A tragedy felt right round the world   England booked their place at the 2015 Women’s World Cup this week, with a 4–0 win in Cardiff. Wales’s mad five minutes just before half-time saw them ship three ridiculous goals and turned the match into a tedious cakewalk. But eventsContinue reading “Player: Miss C.V. Richards”

Ann Chiejine: Nigeria’s Princess of Goalkeepers

Ann Chiejine: Groundbreaking Falcons ‘keeper   We’ve all heard the lazy stereotypes about African goalkeepers (“naïve” “erratic”), and female goalkeepers (“rubbish”). Ann Agumanu-Chiejine is a living, breathing repudiation of both. One of Africa’s finest ever goalkeepers, the Nigerian’s athleticism and breathtaking acrobatic ability earned her five consecutive African Nations Cups with the Super Falcons, asContinue reading “Ann Chiejine: Nigeria’s Princess of Goalkeepers”

Anne O’Brien: Irish soccer legend

Anne O’Brien: Irish soccer star who carved out a glittering career on mainland Europe   The girl from Dublin who dreamed big – overcoming incredible obstacles to make her mark in international soccer. In the course of a long and successful career she won six Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia winner’s medals and etchedContinue reading “Anne O’Brien: Irish soccer legend”

1997: The first UEFA under–18 tournament

England’s first taste of women’s football at youth team level   England’s under-19 team have been in Norway this past week, in UEFA Championship action, while next week the under-20s take centre stage at their World Cup in Canada.   Now a regular part of the football calendar, it is only in recent years thatContinue reading “1997: The first UEFA under–18 tournament”

Portopia ’81 – England women tour Japan

Caught in time: the England women’s football team jet off to Japan in September 1981   In autumn 1981, coach Martin Reagan’s charges made history by becoming the first England national team ever to visit the Land of the Rising Sun.   According to the Japanese FA, the Portpier 81 International Ladies Football Festival tournamentContinue reading “Portopia ’81 – England women tour Japan”

Players: Jane Stanley

Jane Stanley: Raising the Standard   Born: 13 April 1964 Position: Forward Debut: Ireland (H) 27 April 1986 Occupation: Sports Development Assistant (1987), Pro footballer (1989)   A prolific scorer and exquisite ball player who broke new ground in Belgium with Standard Liège, doing much to improve the reputation of England’s footballers on the continent.