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”

Prenton Park, Birkenhead 27 April 1991 – Doncaster Belles 0–1 Millwall Lionesses

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”

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”

Report: Scotland’s moral right to the Women’s FA Cup

The real story of Eric Worthington and the Women’s FA Cup   Annual Scotland–England match trophy was repurposed as English WFA Cup   Women’s Football Archive sounds the pibroch for footballing justice     England’s first ‘official’ match on home soil took place in the rarefied environs of Manor Park, Nuneaton on 23 June 1973.Continue reading “Report: Scotland’s moral right to the Women’s FA Cup”

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”

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”

Administrator: Pat Gregory

Patricia “Pat” Gregory   Born: c.1947, London Position: Unknown Debut: N/A Occupation: BBC Sport special projects manager (1993, 2005)   Pat Gregory: A lifetime dedicated to women’s football   First, an apology: until now the entire Women’s Football Archive project has been a pathetic joke. That’s because it has purported to tell the story ofContinue reading “Administrator: Pat Gregory”

Players: Liz Deighan

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”

Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa 7 July 1970 – England 5–1 West Germany

England crush German rivals at 1970 Women’s World Cup in Italy     Remember when England whupped Germany 5–1? No, not that time. Y’know… 1970… at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa? Before Stevie G, Michael O and, er, Emile H were even born. No? Then read on…