Fleet Street’s first lady…how Julie Welch broke the mould

BACK in the 1980s, a rather amusing TV series called Hold the Back Page, scripted by Stan Hey, told the story of a Fleet Street sportswriter (played by David Warner) who had moved from a broadsheet to a tabloid in order to make some money out of his profession. The series, which was critically panned – although I must admit, I really enjoyed it – … Continue reading Fleet Street’s first lady…how Julie Welch broke the mould

Lyon top the list in women’s football

LYON were crowned European women’s champions after beating domestic rivals Paris St. Germain in the Champions League final in Cardiff this week. The club’s fourth title cemented its position at the top of the women’s game. Here’s a run-down of 12 of the best women’s teams across the continent at the moment: Olympique Lyonnais (France) Champions of Division 1 Féminine for the past 11 years, … Continue reading Lyon top the list in women’s football

More women, please!

WE MEN are obsessional about our habits and hobbies. Although women have their pastimes and spare-time activities, you don’t see many standing at the end of train platforms collecting numbers, or enthusing over a particular type of rolling stock, and you sense they are less concerned about cataloguing their music collection. Non-league football comes into the same category – how often do you see a female … Continue reading More women, please!

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

Costa Bravo

Back in the late 1980s, Channel 4, ever the innovator, screened a drama that addressed one of the big taboos in football: women. Before the PC police start hauling up the placards, it was the 1980s and at the time, women in professional football were almost unheard of, save for behind-the-scenes stalwarts like club secretaries and administrators. On the field, in the dressing room and … Continue reading Costa Bravo

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 more women are needed in non-league football

Men are obsessional in their habits and hobbies. You don’t see many women standing at the end of train platforms collecting numbers and women don’t generally file their music collection in strict alphabetical order. Non-league football comes into the same category. Notwithstanding the curious world of the anorak-clad groundhopper, there’s more than just a hint of eccentricity about people who follow non-league football. And that … Continue reading Why more women are needed in non-league football