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World War One

at Home

Football playing munitions women

This excellent film (3 min 55 sec) about Bella Reay was produced by the BBC in 2014. The reporter is Gerry Jackson, with research by Jo Lonsdale.

Bella's granddaughter, Yvonne Crawford, recalls how crowds of 10,000 would watch the ladies - some as young as 17 - play.

The links below contain tremendous WWI women's football images, interviews and articles:

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UK: Manchester

Lilly Parr: Unseen photos show first women's football stars (2021).

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UK: Lancashire

Dick, Kerr Ladies: 'Best ever' women's football team honoured (2017).

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BBC Radio 4

Home Front

The Forgotten First International Women's Football Match. Image credit: Patrick Brennan.

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Donmouth

Patrick Brennan

Extensive collection of research into the early history of women's football. Image: P. Brennan.

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The Business Standard

Sport

Women who kept football alive during WWI (2020). Image: Imperial War Museum, UK.

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The Guardian

Sport: Football

How the FA banned women's football in 1921 and tried to justify it (2022). 

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Berkshire Live

Berkshire History

The story behind England's women footballers The Munitionettes (2022).

Evening Chronicle

History

The World War I female footballer from Blyth who was the Alan Shearer of her day (2023). 

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Evening Chronicle

Sport: Football

Wor Bella: The story of Blyth Spartans Ladies' free-scoring centre-forward (2021). 

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Evening Chronicle

Women's football

Centenary of historic North East women's football match takes places this month (2018).

The Northern Echo

News

When women were banned from playing football on men's grounds (2021). Image: Y. Crawford.

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The Northern Echo

Nostalgia

Fighting in the factory and on the football field (2015). Image: Darlington Centre for Local Studies.

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Northumberland Gazette

Theatre

Writer seeks information on war-time women's football match played in Alnwick (2021).

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The Shields Gazette

Heritage

Magical footage shows South Tyneside and Hartlepool female footballers... (2021).

Teesside Live

Teesside News

History is repeated as women's football derby re-match is held exactly 100 years on (2018).

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Asunder (2016)

Directed by Esther Johnson

An award-winning film commissioned by Sunderland Culture and 14-18 NOW.

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Football First World War

Iain McMullen

The story of women's football in World War I, by Dr Jean Williams.

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Spartacus Educational

Female footballers

Biographies of female footballers by John simkin (1997, updated 2020).

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