Kerys Harrop Interview: Birmingham City Ladies Captain

Alongside our work with the museum’s collection we are also talking to women who have and still are involved in football to get a first-hand account of their experiences. This week we have been talking to the current Birmingham Ladies captain Kerys Harrop about her footballing career. How did you get into football? I started…

Kath Davies – Memories of a Corinthian Lady

Our project to unlock the hidden history of women’s football is not just about uncovering objects from within our collection, it’s also about hearing stories from people who have been involved with the game. Receiving responses to our blog posts makes us as excited as unwrapping an early 20th century medal and so when former…

Stoke Ladies FC and the ‘ban’ on women’s football

Spending time exploring our women’s football collection has allowed the team here at the National Football Museum’s archives to make connections between objects that help to tell the story of women’s football. One of the most interesting periods of the women’s game are the years leading up to the Football Association’s decision to ‘ban’ women’s football…

19th Century Newspapers

This week our exploration of the women’s football collection has uncovered a pile of 19th century newspapers that give us an insight into early public opinion of women’s football. The Graphic, 1895 In the early days of the game, British newspapers often printed articles and sketches which mocked female football players. Some suggested that they…

WSL1 Season Preview

We’ve been uncovering lots more stories about women’s football within our collection recently but we are also conscious of what is going on today with women’s football in England. The new WSL season is fast approaching and we thought it would be a good idea to look at the potential storylines for the upcoming season…

Unlocking the Hidden History with Liz Deighan

One of the most significant hidden histories of women’s football is the period between 1969-1993, when women who were fed up with the ban on their rights to play football on FA certified pitches got together to form the Women’s Football Association. Liz Deighan This week, as part of our journey to unlock the #hiddenhistory…

FIFA’s First International Women’s Tournaments

This week at the National Football Museum we’ve been discovering items from the earliest FIFA sanctioned international women’s tournaments. The tournament in 1988 was unlike most FIFA tournaments as it was an invitational tournament that was used as a tool to gauge the interest in women’s football. Hosted in China, 12 teams were invited to…

Scrapbooking: Preserving the stories of Manchester’s Corinthian Ladies

Each week we are uncovering more fascinating objects from the vast collection of women’s football material at the National Football Museum archive. Each object represents a story from the long and tumultuous history of women’s football, from impressive medals which symbolise a team’s journey to victory, to photographs which often tell a more personal story….

England’s first female superstar

Each week we continue to discover more from our women’s football collection. This week we’ve uncovered objects which mark the journey of female footballers towards super-stardom. With the 2017 European championships creating new English star players – such as current top scorer Jodie Taylor, and Toni Duggan who recently signed with Barcelona – it also…

A look back at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2009.

As the England Women’s National Team continues to storm through the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro, securing their place in the semi-finals following a 1-0 victory against France on Sunday, we’ve been uncovering objects from the 2009 edition of the competition.

England v Scotland

Here at the National Football Museum we are getting very excited about the upcoming UEFA Women’s Euro 2017! We are currently working on developing a gallery in the museum entirely dedicated to the history of women’s football and so we felt that now would be the perfect time to start sharing some of the amazing…