Women's Football - Yesterday's Lionesses
The footballing prowess of England's Lionesses in the Women's Euros 2022 and the corresponding excitement generated nationwide, has ensured women's football has finally taken its place in the sporting firmament. It's been a long road to this point though, as our selection of images on the history of women's football will testify. Earliest examples date from March 1895 when the first match of the British Ladies' Football Club, played between teams from North and South London, took place at the Nightingale Lane ground in Crouch end, and its founder and star player Nettie Honeyball (sadly, not her real name) was featured in a photograph at full page in The Sketch in her 'football costume' of blouse, serge bloomers, shin pads and boots. We also have a selection of images from the First World War when women workers from various factories played in leagues to large crowds.
These girls certainly look as if they could dribble, pass and score along with 2022's finest.