Sharing the hidden history: Represent! at People’s History Museum

The significance of the women’s football collection at the National Football Museum goes far beyond the realms of football as it feeds into the wider story of the struggles for equality faced by women throughout history. As this year marks the centenary of some women getting the right to vote in England, People’s History Museum…

Female pundits setting new standard: Eniola Aluko and Alex Scott

With the men’s FIFA World Cup in full swing, the hidden history team turn their attention to two female footballers who are having quite an impact on the tournament. Eniola Aluko, former Chelsea player who has 102 England caps and has just signed up to Italian side, Juventus, and Alex Scott, formerly of Arsenal and England, have…

The hidden history team share their favourite objects from the collection

This week the hidden history team are keen to share some of their favourite objects from the women’s collection. We’ve worked through hundreds of photographs, posters, kit, and memorabilia, and this week even tackled a 30ft banner from the 1999 Women’s World Cup, but it’s often the less obvious objects that really catch our eye…

BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018

Finalists for The BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year Awards have been chosen and there is still time to cast your vote! We have provided short profiles for each of the five candidates below to help you make your decision and inset a link to the voting site at the end of the page, but…

Hidden History of Women’s Football at Manchester United

There has been a lot of talk about the overdue announcement that Manchester United have applied to enter a women’s team into the WSL tier 2 for the 2018-19 season. Since scrapping their women’s side in 2005, Manchester United have been criticised for continuing as the only Premier League club without a female team. The…

Pony, the little drink with the big (W.F.A.) kick!

‘Think of something small – a little bottle of Pony. And it costs you only a little bottle price. But open it up and you’ve got a big drink. The Pony bottle fills a schooner glass with rich dark Pony. But watch it! Remember it may be little but it carries quite a kick. PONY,…

Fancy Footwork: The Females are Moving Forward!

While we continue to work through the fantastic collection of women’s footballing history here at the National Football Museum, women’s football is gaining more and more prominence around the world. This week we hand over to Dawn Starin, an anthropologist, who received her PhD. from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York….

The First British Ladies’ Football Match

This week we have been looking at a display board advertising a match played by The British Ladies’ Football Club, the earliest organised team of female footballers who formed in 1894. Groups of women had played football before this, but The British Ladies were the first to play in official grounds in front of large…