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notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK
Wednesday, June 08, 2005Women's footy: it's good up north
March 1895: The first women's football match recorded was held between a northern and a southern team. The North won the game 7-1. Of course.
Boxing Day 1920: The biggest ever crowd recorded for a women's game in England took place when 53,000 people watched Preston-based Dick Kerr's Ladies beat their closest rivals, St Helen's Ladies, 4-0. Venue: Goodison Park.
December 1921: Women's football banned from Football League grounds. By the (London-based) Football Association.
November 1972: The first official women's international in Britain was played at Greenock. England beat Scotland 3-2. The first goal was scored by Sylvia Gore of Liverpool. As you'd expect.
June 2005: The North-West stadia of Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Preston North End and Warrington Wolves stage Euro 2005.
Today: I struggle to decide whether I really ought to download the FA.com desktop wallpaper of Everton and England's cool defender Rachel Unitt. I'm a vicar. I probably shouldn't.
But, whatever: women's footy: it's good up north.