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.
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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

 

Terry Wiseman 1984 final

 

Part two in a two-part series: profiling England’s classic Euro 1984 final defeat by Sweden. England won through to the inaugural continental showpiece by beating the Danes over two-legs in the semi-final. Opposition then awaited England in the shape of formidable Sweden and star centre-forward Pia Sundhage. Playing 35 minutes each-way with a size four ball, the sides met in front of a record crowd at Sweden’s national stadium, the Ullevi in Gothenburg. England’s gutsy 1–0 defeat left things delicately poised for the return match in Luton two weeks later.

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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

 

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Part one in a two-part series: profiling England’s classic Euro 1984 final defeat by Sweden. England won through to the inaugural continental showpiece by beating the Danes over two-legs in the semi-final. Opposition then awaited England in the shape of formidable Sweden and star centre-forward Pia Sundhage. Playing 35 minutes each-way with a size four ball, the sides met in front of a record crowd at Sweden’s national stadium, the Ullevi in Gothenburg. England’s gutsy 1–0 defeat left things delicately poised for the return match in Luton two weeks later.

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Player: Sue Buckett

Sue Buckett: England’s original goalkeeper

 

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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. In a brilliant club career with Southampton, she played in 11 WFA Cup finals and won eight of them. Those who saw her play describe a calm and unshowy presence, who made acrobatic saves and plucked crosses out of the air with minimum fuss.

 

Most of the following info about Buckett’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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Administrator: Roger Ebben

Roger Ebben

 

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Picture courtesy of Pulling World

 

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 Worthington put it on taking charge in 1972: “the thought came to me that perhaps what the Association needed most of all was a full time publicity manager rather than a team manager!”

 

Of course England did have a press officer, in the shape of Ebben. He was young, bright and keen, but was purely voluntary, as were the other officers at that time.

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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, while ever-improving Rangers look to build from a position of strength.

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Player: Linda Coffin

Linda Coffin

 

Linda Coffin at the Dell, 1978
Linda Coffin at the Dell, 1978

 

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.

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Administrator: Linda Whitehead

Linda Whitehead

 

Linda Whitehead ensconced at WFA HQ
Linda Whitehead ensconced at WFA HQ, 1980

 

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 Whitehead is often hailed the greatest living authority on English women’s football.

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

Spotlight on Millwall Lionesses 1991 – Women’s FA Cup winners

 

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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 first ever National League in 1991–92. With cult status assured, the team famously imploded and went their separate ways. Now the Women’s Football Archive opens the vault and looks back at the Lionesses squad from that memorable season.
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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

 

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In May 1982 goals from Linda Curl (26) and Angela Poppy (58) gave Lowestoft their first WFA Cup, at the expense of Cleveland. The event was staged at a Football League ground for the first time, on – topically – a controversial plastic pitch at QPR’s Loftus Road in Shepherd’s Bush, London.
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