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Women's Football - the Trailblazers of the 20s

Women have been playing football in the UK for hundreds of years - through wars, a 50-year FA ban and no funding. Thanks to these trailblazers, football finally came home in summer 2022.

When England's Lionesses won the Women's European Championship at Wembley in front of a record-breaking 87,000 spectators (and millions more watching at home), it was the players you see in this collection who laid the foundations and paved the way for their success.

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Women's Football Dick Kerr's Ladies FC vs. Lister's LadiesWomen's Football Dick Kerr's Ladies FC vs. Lister's Ladies

Sport19215 minsSilent Location: Valley Parade, Bradford

Preston's famous Dick, Kerr Ladies FC - one of the earliest known women's football teams in England - play local side, Lister's Ladies, at Bradford's Valley Parade ground.

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Quite Unfit for FemalesQuite Unfit for Females

Non-Fiction19211 mins

A light-hearted newsreel item on the Football Association's proposed ban on women's football in 1921.

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Enfield F.C. v. Ediswan FactoryEnfield F.C. v. Ediswan Factory

Non-Fiction19212 mins Location: Enfield

Difficult times for women's football, but it doesn't stop the battle of the lightbulb makers in North London.

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Lady FootballersLady Footballers

Sport19180 mins Location: Southend-on-Sea

Women munitions workers from the Kynoch and Vickers Maxim factories take to the pitch in Southend during WWI.