Tea – best drink of the day, not a diplomatic issue

LOOSEN-up Lioness fans, Alex Morgan was merely poking fun, not hurling an insult to a nation. Football is a game that provokes such gestures of mockery, cricket thrives on “sledging” and players lift t-shirts to reveal messages after they score. It’s a product for the masses, a simple game that has no halfway measures in […]

Who will show the way for the women’s game?

AFTER a landmark year for women’s football in the UK, the FA Super League kicks-off in under two weeks and expectation has never been higher.  In 2015, Women’s Super League attendances averaged over 1,000 (up from 700 in 2014) as public interest grew significantly following the England team’s success in the World Cup. Historically, public […]

England’s women bid to win hearts and minds

Over the past couple of decades, England’s football hopes have usually floundered at the quarter-final stage. A succession of disappointments have usually ended in a penalty shoot-out here, a dramatic incident there (not-so-safe hands, Rooney off, Beckham’s foot). Tonight, England’s women – who themselves have stumbled in the last eight in the past two World […]

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 […]