Today we’re reading about the most successful women’s football team of all time and how the FA took the decision on 5th December 1921 to ban women from using league grounds, excluding them to amateur pitches and poorly-developed facilities.
Amid claims that football was a dangerous game for females (some doctors decided that it could affect their fertility), the FA decided upon this course of action, stating that “the Council feel impelled to express their strong opinion that the game of football is quite unsuitable for females and ought not to be encouraged”.
The story of the Dick Kerr Ladies team has recently started to gain attention, not least as it’s been featured on ‘Back in Time for School’ on the BBC. It’s really interesting to see how the girls of today respond to the story of women’s football and the realisation that today’s social stereotype that football is a ‘mans game’ was perpetuated by men almost 100 years ago. Recommended viewing!