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”
Yvonne Baldeo hits winner as Lionesses stun Belles and seize Cup Classic match report: Millwall end Belles hoodoo to win their first national Cup Prenton Park’s first big women’s fixture: this classic Cup final in 1991 between Doncaster Belles and Millwall Lionesses. Odds-on favourites Donny lost out on a fifth win inContinue reading “Prenton Park, Birkenhead 27 April 1991 – Doncaster Belles 0–1 Millwall Lionesses”
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”
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”
Gillian Coultard hits winner as Belles reclaim Cup 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 theContinue reading “Baseball Ground, Derby 28 April 1990 – Doncaster Belles 1–0 Friends of Fulham”
Maureen Martin (née Reynolds): Teak-tough England defender and Cup-winning Norwich manager 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 entireContinue reading “Players: Maureen Reynolds”
Sue Buckett: England’s original goalkeeper 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.Continue reading “Player: Sue Buckett”
Linda Coffin 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.