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

Gillian Coultard hits winner as Belles reclaim Cup


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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 the Belles’ fourth Cup win from their seventh appearance in the season’s showpiece. Resurgent Doncaster settled a score from their 1985 defeat by the Londoners and also made up for the previous year, when a shock quarter-final defeat by Leasowe Pacific had denied them their annual Cup final outing.

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Players: Maureen Reynolds

Maureen Martin (née Reynolds): Teak-tough England defender and Cup-winning Norwich manager


Team captains Maureen Reynolds (L) and Sue Buckett (R) with Newsround supremo John Craven at the WFA Cup Final, Waterlooville, 6 May 1979
Team captains Maureen Reynolds (L) and Sue Buckett (R) with Newsround supremo John Craven at the WFA Cup Final, Waterlooville, 6 May 1979


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 entire days gawping at Sky Sports News in our PJs, this curious breed are out there racking up achievements and making things happen. Maureen Reynolds was a top footballer with Lowestoft Ladies and England. Not content with this, she later built a totally new club from the ground up and led it to Women’s FA Cup glory. This is her story…

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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 women overcame tremendous odds to truly put African women’s football on the map…
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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 place in the pantheon of greats? Not Women’s Football Archive, that’s for sure. But where does that leave earlier players, already overlooked for too long? Here’s five whose bizarre exclusion makes the whole thing a JOKE…

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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 from nine final appearances she also found sustained glory with Southampton WFC. Read on to discover how the explosive power in Hale’s trusty right boot changed the course of English football history forever.


Most of the following info about Hale’s achievements comes from the indispensable works of her former team mates, Sue Lopez (Women on the Ball, 1997) and Wendy Owen (Kicking Against Tradition, 2005)…

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Casey Stoney: The Early Years

The making of a champion: England and GB captain Casey Stoney


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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.

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Players: Sue Hayden

Irish goalkeeping great Sue Hayden


Sue Hayden 1987


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 inspirational presence in the Irish goal, she went on to join Jennings, Bonner and Kelly in the pantheon of all-time greats. Quite simply, she ranks as one of Ireland’s best-ever goalkeepers.

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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.Continue reading “Kelly Smith – Goals in International Matches”

Players: Claire Lacey

Claire Lacey


Picture courtesy of West Ham United LFC
Picture courtesy of West Ham United LFC


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.

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Calling all Stattos

Football history buffs of the world, unite!


Maggie Pearce keeps an eye on Pia Sundhage in the Euro 1984 final
Maggie Pearce keeps an eye on Pia Sundhage in the Euro 1984 final


AUTHORITATIVE football stats site 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 be on there.
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