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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]