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.
Martin Reagan (1924–2016): The man who stepped up to save women’s football in England Women’s football lost one of our own with Martin Reagan’s recent passing, but his deeds will never be forgotten In May 1984 the England women’s football team manager Martin Reagan returned from Gothenburg with a creditable 1–0 defeatContinue reading “When Martin Reagan went in to bat for women’s football”
Patricia “Pat” Gregory Born: c.1947, London Position: Unknown Debut: N/A Occupation: BBC Sport special projects manager (1993, 2005) Pat Gregory: A lifetime dedicated to women’s football First, an apology: until now the entire Women’s Football Archive project has been a pathetic joke. That’s because it has purported to tell the story ofContinue reading “Administrator: Pat Gregory”
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”
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”
Women’s football pioneer Gero Bisanz has died of a heart attack aged 78. He was manager of the German women’s national team between 1982 and 1996.
Florence “Flo” Bilton Born: c.1921, Hull Position: Goalkeeper Debut: N/A Occupation: Factory Worker (1963) Flo Bilton: Hull’s favourite footballing daughter An influential player in the formation of the Hull Women’s FA in 1968 and the WFA in 1969, Bilton served as WFA membership secretary for many years and was a plucky andContinue reading “Administrator: Flo Bilton”
June Jaycocks: WFA Footsoldier Born: c.1936, Brighton Position: Debut: N/A Occupation: Telephonist? (1967) An influential player in the formation of the WFA in 1969. She served as WFA International Officer for many years and was another dedicated volunteer who kept women’s football going despite a chronic lack of funding or official support.
Martin Reagan, manager of the England women’s football team between October 1979 and December 1990, is a World War Two hero. Tyneside-born Reagan turned 90 last month and has led a life straight from the pages of Boy’s Own. While today’s feckless teens spend their time sniffing “meow meow” or filming “happy slappings” on theirContinue reading “Martin Reagan: women’s football boss was D-Day hero”