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”

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: Debbie Bampton

Debbie Bampton: Highly-decorated midfield powerhouse     Born: 7 October 1961, Sidcup Position: Midfielder Debut: Netherlands (A) 30 September 1978 Occupation: Cashier (1981), Selector (1982), Courier (1987), Footballer (1988), Postwoman (2005)   Right… where to start with this one!? A Hall of Famer with an MBE for services to women’s football. Six Women’s FA CupContinue reading “Players: Debbie Bampton”