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”

Match: England 2–0 France, 7 November 1974, Plough Lane

Plough Lane – England 2–0 France   England beat France to secure eighth straight win   Classic match report: Southampton duo Davies and Lopez score to down Les Bleues at Wimbledon   In 1974 the British economy was in the toilet due to crackpot ‘austerity’ measures. Terrorism lurked on the nation’s streets due to disastrousContinue reading “Match: England 2–0 France, 7 November 1974, Plough Lane”

Match: England 8–0 Scotland, 23 June 1973, Manor Park

Manor Park 23 June 1973 – England 8–0 Scotland   England thrash Scotland in first ever home match   Classic match report: Lionesses rattle in EIGHT as roof falls in on sweltered Scots     England’s first official home match took place in the rarefied environs of Manor Park, Nuneaton on 23 June 1973. WithContinue reading “Match: England 8–0 Scotland, 23 June 1973, Manor Park”

Report: Suffragettes of Football, National Football Museum, Manchester, 7 March 2017

Or, England’s Lost Generation tells us what it was really like   Our special correspondent ‘An Audience Observer’ writes from the front line of women’s football history…     As part of International Women’s Week, the National Football Museum and the BBC teamed up to present a discussion panel with regard to the pioneers ofContinue reading “Report: Suffragettes of Football, National Football Museum, Manchester, 7 March 2017”

When Martin Reagan went in to bat for women’s football

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”

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”

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”