Girls in league of their own

NMAM Mem Lane 23 Feb 12. Women's football
NMAM Mem Lane 23 Feb 12. Women's football

It may not be an uncommon sight today, but back in the day it is certain that women’s football may have raised an eyebrow or two.

Here is a shot taken locally of an all-female team, and judging by the hairstyles of the players, could have been any time during the 1940s or 1950s perhaps.

Although only a small section of touchline can be seen, it looks as though there is plenty of interest with a good few people ready to watch the match that is seemingly about to take place.

From early in the First World War until the FA’s ban on women playing football on league grounds in 1922, which lasted for 40 years, women’s football was said to be popular and a true rival to the men’s game.

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