Betwixt The Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society


Women & Football

Ep. 37

Football, or soccer depending on where you are in the world, is quite unsuitable for women, wouldn’t you agree? No? Well the Football Association thought so when they issued a ban on women’s football in 1921, which stayed in place for fifty years.

Off the back of England's Lionesses winning the Euros (it's also the 20th anniversary of Bend It Like Beckham, which must mean something) Kate is joined by The Guardian's women's football correspondent, Suzanne Wrack, to talk about the rise and fall, and rise again of women's football.

Hear about the factory girls of World War One, meet some of the early stars like Nettie Honeyball, and find out why the game became so political.

You can find out more about Suzanne's book here, and listen to her podcast here.

*WARNING there are naughty words in this episode*

Produced by Charlotte Long and Sophie Gee. Mixed by Thomas Ntinas.

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