The women’s game has been set up – and it might just be the media’s fault

England’s women have done what the men couldn’t do – win a couple of games in the World Cup. For sheer endeavour and “heart-on-sleeve” commitment, you cannot fault the “Lionesses,” and it has been good to see that the competition, as a whole, has been free of some of the dirty tricks we normally associate with FIFA events. But it’s also notable that the siege … Continue reading The women’s game has been set up – and it might just be the media’s fault

Ladies football….an inside view from Claire Rafferty

It’s not often you get to chance to speak with a Great Britain Olympian, a World Cup footballer and Chelsea wing-back all in one conversation, but that’s what you get if you sit down with Claire Rafferty, the Chelsea Ladies and England wing-back. Women’s football is in the ascendancy and it’s good to see increased media attention of this arm of the sport. Public enthusiasm … Continue reading Ladies football….an inside view from Claire Rafferty

Christmas Day started it all for women

At this time of year, the story of how a truce was called in 1914 in the trenches and British and German troops contested a game of football – won 3-2 by the Germans, by all accounts – inevitably gets retold. But Christmas Day 1917 is also notable in the history of football, for it is widely believed to be the day when women’s football … Continue reading Christmas Day started it all for women

Why use Wembley when Wycombe will do?

Great Britain’s ladies beat New Zealand 1-0 in their opening Olympic match, but only 24,549 people bothered to turn up in Cardiff. The Olympic football tournaments have not really captured the imagination of the public, but there’s still time for that to happen. But there’s little chance, however,  that the ladies game will catch fire. Why insist on playing these games in huge stadia that … Continue reading Why use Wembley when Wycombe will do?