…Or, A man’s a man for a’ that A recent Edinburgh derby match gave ample insight into why Scottish football remains in the grubber.
Football history buffs of the world, unite! AUTHORITATIVE football stats site RSSSF.com has published a list of the oldest and youngest players to play and score for their countries. Now the number crunchers behind the prestigious list, stattos of international repute, need your help to properly credit the women who should beContinue reading “Calling all Stattos”
Fact stranger than fiction in the topsy-turvy world of women’s football When Celtic face Rangers in the new year, the only thing in question will be the margin of The Hoops’ victory. Right? Well, yes. But also no. Over in the women’s game Celtic are starting from scratch after an exodus of top players,Continue reading “Official: Rangers better than Celtic”
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.
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”
The death of Miss C.V. Richards: A tragedy felt right round the world England booked their place at the 2015 Women’s World Cup this week, with a 4–0 win in Cardiff. Wales’s mad five minutes just before half-time saw them ship three ridiculous goals and turned the match into a tedious cakewalk. But eventsContinue reading “Player: Miss C.V. Richards”
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”
Northern Ireland Women’s Football Team – Matches This is a list of matches played by the Northern Ireland women’s national football team. It is not yet complete and remains something of a work in progress because records are still very sketchy. For example, there may well have been some more low-key, cross-border matchesContinue reading “Northern Ireland women’s football team: A potted history”
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.
Fact: The Deal Tournament (later known as the Deal International Tournament) was a women’s football competition first organised in 1967 by Arthur Hobbs, a carpenter with Deal Town Council. Hobbs had been a decent amateur footballer in his youth and he settled in Kent after being posted there with the army in theContinue reading “The Deal International Tournament”