Sue Law: Gutsy England defender who carried the fight off the pitch Born: 25 April 1966, Rochford Position: Defender Debut: Wales (N) 17 August 1985 Occupation: Sport Development Officer (1989), FA Head of Equality (2015) Defender Sue Law played around 40 times for England and represented Pelynt, Brighton, Millwall Lionesses and Bromley BoroughContinue reading “Players: Sue Law”
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 Part two in a two-part series: profiling England’s classic Euro 1984 final defeat by Sweden. EnglandContinue reading “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 Part one in a two-part series: profiling England’s classic Euro 1984 final defeat by Sweden. EnglandContinue reading “Match: Sweden 1–0 England, 12 May 1984, Ullevi”
Linda Whitehead 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 WhiteheadContinue reading “Administrator: Linda Whitehead”
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 In May 1982 goals from Linda Curl (26) andContinue reading “Match: Lowestoft 2–0 Cleveland, 1 May 1982, Loftus Road”
Caught in time: the England women’s football team jet off to Japan in September 1981 In autumn 1981, coach Martin Reagan’s charges made history by becoming the first England national team ever to visit the Land of the Rising Sun. According to the Japanese FA, the Portpier 81 International Ladies Football Festival tournamentContinue reading “Portopia ’81 – England women tour Japan”
Jane Stanley: Raising the Standard Born: 13 April 1964 Position: Forward Debut: Ireland (H) 27 April 1986 Occupation: Sports Development Assistant (1987), Pro footballer (1989) A prolific scorer and exquisite ball player who broke new ground in Belgium with Standard Liège, doing much to improve the reputation of England’s footballers on the continent.
Florence “Flo” Bilton Born: c.1921, Hull Position: Goalkeeper Debut: N/A Occupation: Factory Worker (1963) Flo Bilton: Hull’s favourite footballing daughter An influential player in the formation of the Hull Women’s FA in 1968 and the WFA in 1969, Bilton served as WFA membership secretary for many years and was a plucky andContinue reading “Administrator: Flo Bilton”
June Jaycocks: WFA Footsoldier Born: c.1936, Brighton Position: Debut: N/A Occupation: Telephonist? (1967) An influential player in the formation of the WFA in 1969. She served as WFA International Officer for many years and was another dedicated volunteer who kept women’s football going despite a chronic lack of funding or official support.
Wembley Stadium 23 May 1989 – England 0–2 Sweden Old foes Sweden put one over on England AGAIN Classic match report: The story of England women’s first football match at Wembley Stadium In May 1989 England lost their first full match at Wembley Stadium to goals from Swedish greats Pia Sundhage (6)Continue reading “Match: England 0–2 Sweden, 23 May 1989, Wembley”