Players: Hristina Hristova

Hristina Hristova     ХРИСТИНА ХРИСТОВА   Hristina Hristova: Bulgarian star who captained her national team and tore it up in Italy with Milan   Born: 26 February 1963, Sofia Position: Right winger Debut: TBC Occupation: Airline Chef (1987)   For this article we’re widening the Women’s Football Archive net, to bring you a profileContinue reading “Players: Hristina Hristova”

Lúcia Feitosa is the new coach of Italy’s women’s futsal team

Italian FA hire Lúcia Feitosa to women’s futsal national team post   Exclusive: Brazilian legend scoops Italian futsal coaching gig   News reaching Women’s Football Archive towers suggests Lúcia Feitosa will coach the Italian women’s ‘futsal’ team in 2018.   “So what?!” you cry in unison.   Well, Maria Lúcia Alves Feitosa is a bonaContinue reading “Lúcia Feitosa is the new coach of Italy’s women’s futsal team”

Players: Pat Firth

Patricia “Pat” Firth: Wunderkind striker and pioneering female coach   Born: c.1957, Leeds Position: Forward Debut: Scotland (H) 23 June 1973 Occupation: Production worker (1976)   A striking prodigy from Leeds who burst on the scene in a flurry of GOALS. She blasted a sensational debut hat-trick – England’s first ever – against Scotland inContinue reading “Players: Pat Firth”

Players: Carol Thomas

Carol Thomas (née McCune): England’s unsung heroine   Born: 5th June 1955 Position: Right-back Debut: France (7th November 1974) Last game: Republic of Ireland (22nd September 1985) Occupation: Clerk (1974–85), Lunchtime Supervisor (1993–2001), Village Postie (2001–2013)   Today, Carol Thomas remains the forgotten and overlooked captain of the England women’s team (excluding this website ofContinue reading “Players: Carol Thomas”

Review: Carol Thomas interview with BBC Radio Humberside, 14 November 2016

  Ex-England skipper breaks cover for local radio chat   On a cold Monday night in November BBC Radio Humberside pulled off a significant coup, securing Carol Thomas as the guest in their 6pm nightly ‘Sports Talk’ phone-in. In trying her hand at punditry Thomas proved herself an eloquent standard bearer for women’s football andContinue reading “Review: Carol Thomas interview with BBC Radio Humberside, 14 November 2016”

Anne O’Brien, footballer (1956–2016)

Irish football great Anne O’Brien dies in Italy aged 60   Ireland lost one of its best ever sports stars with the untimely death of Anne O’Brien in August 2016. Medals and memories from a stellar pro career in France and Italy cemented her unique legacy to Irish sporting heritage. The tragedy is that sheContinue reading “Anne O’Brien, footballer (1956–2016)”

Players: Maggie Pearce

Morag “Maggie” Pearce (née Kirkland): England’s original and best left-back   Born: c.1957, Southampton Position: Left-back Debut: Scotland (A) 18 November 1972 Occupation: Schoolgirl (1972)   Southampton WFC great Maggie Pearce is the only player to start both England’s first ever match in 1972 and the UEFA Championship final 12 years later. At 15 sheContinue reading “Players: Maggie Pearce”

Players: Lorraine Hanson

Lorraine Hanson (née Dobb): Belles and England great   Born: c.1959, Worksop Position: Defender/Forward Debut: 1975? Occupation: Sales receptionist (1983, 1985), Clerk (1986)   Considering Lorraine Hanson was such a brilliant footballer for Doncaster Belles and England, there is next to nothing about her on the internet. After starting out in her native Nottinghamshire withContinue reading “Players: Lorraine Hanson”

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”