Women's Football Roars Into The Twenties - Dick, Kerr Ladies series

To coincide with the Women’s World Cup, and starting from 18th July, we will be publishing Parts Two to Six of our series written by Peter Bloor, entitled “Women’s football roars into the Twenties”, telling the story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies of Preston from their first match on Christmas Day 1917 to the F.A. ban of December 1921.

Peter will explore their playing success, their popularity, the sums they were able to raise for charity and the imagination they showed when inviting the French women’s team to tour in 1920, when making a reciprocal visit later that same year, and when playing an illuminated match at Deepdale not long after their return from France.

The French goalkeeper Louise Ourry stayed on after her side’s tour and we also have an article about her time with Dick, Kerr’s in the summer of 1920, and another about Florrie Haslam, a “right half terror of opposing forwards”, who made the rather shorter journey from Bolton to join the Ladies.

Florrie’s team captain Alice Kell - “probably the best lady exponent in the land” - is a regular in our articles, as are Jennie Harris and another Florrie, Florrie Redford, who together were known as “Dick, Kerr’s Box of Tricks.” Alice and Florrie H. will also feature in our Remembrance piece later in the year, but for now here are the articles for July and August:

Part One : Women's Football Roars Into The Twenties - Read the first part here

Part Two : The Dick, Kerr Ladies – A Roaring Success - Read the second part here

Part Three: From Paris to Preston with Louise Ourry - Read the third part here

Part Four : From Preston to Paris with the Dick Kerr Ladies - Read the fourth part here

Part Five : Florrie Haslam, in and out of football - Read the fifth part here

Part Six : The F.A. blows for time on women's football - Read the sixth part here

Part Seven : Coming November 2023

Photographs Agence Rol/Source gallica.bnf.fr/Bibliothèque nationale de France


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