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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, June 08, 2005
    Women'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.