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During the course of my research I have come across a number of photographs of early women's football teams, many of which appear as illustrations to my articles on women's football. This page displays the better quality images in the collection, in date order. There are currently 73 images, covering the period 1895 - 1952. I have tried to keep the resolution as high as possible, so the page may take some time to download, depending upon the speed of your internet connection

All of the images on display are either: (a) taken from original [out of copyright] prints, (b) are reproduced with the express permission of the owners, or (c) are taken from websites which do not impose restrictions on copying. In the latter two cases the sources are acknowledged.

If anyone has a photograph which might enhance the collection I would be very grateful for a copy.

1895
BLFC North Team
1895
BLFC South Team
1909
Rosy Rapids F.C.
1915
L.U.T.Transport Ladies
1917
North Eastern Marine Ladies
1917
Wallsend Slipway Ladies
1917
Whitehaven Ladies
1917
Mossband Munition Girls
1917
Derwent Mills Ladies
1917
Pratchitts Ladies
1917
Vulcan Shell Girls
1917
Workington Ladies
1917
Woolwich Arsenal Rockets F.C.
1917
Armstrongs (Elswick)
1917
GRM Ladies
1917?
Ramsey Girls FC (2)
1917?
Barnsley Shell Factory FC
1918
Rudge Ladies
1918
White and Poppe's Ladies
1918
Humber Ladies
1918
Birtley C.C.F.
1918
Barrow Y.M.C.A.
1918
Hood Haggies Munition Girls
1918
No. 43 Shell Shop
1918
Blyth Spartans Ladies
1918
Bolckow, Vaughan Ladies
1918
Carlisle Munition Girls
1918
Swansea N.S.F.
1918
Bucknall Ladies
1918
West of Scotland?
1918
Wallsend Slipway
1918
Lever Brothers, Port Sunlight
1918
Darlington Railway Ladies
1918
Brown's Sawmills F.C.
1918?
Marconi Ladies
1919
Dainty Dinahs
1920?
Lancaster Ladies
1921
Llanelli Ladies
1921
Dick, Kerr & St. Helen's
1921(?)
Coventry Ladies
1921
Atalanta F.C. (2)
1921
Hanford Ladies
1921
Fleetwood Ladies
1921
Stoke Ladies (3)
1921
Stoke United Ladies
1921
Bentley Ladies
1921
Jacksons Ladies
1921
Listers Ladies
1921?
St Helen's Ladies
1921?
Dumfries Ladies
1921
Lyon's Regent Palace
1921?
East Hedleyhope Ladies
1921
Arbroath Ladies
1921
Barrington Ladies
1921
Blaydon Ladies
1922
Stoke Ladies
1922
Hey's Brewery
1922
Hey's Brewery
1923
Dick, Kerr Ladies
1923
Fémina Paris
1923
Stoke Ladies
1926?
Spalding Ladies?
1926
Marley Hill Spankers
1927
Darlington Labour Women
1927
Windlestone Labour Women
1938
Hayes Ladies
1938
Hayes Ladies
1947
Holm Ladies
1952
Bath Ladies

Crouch End 1895 - the North team

1895 - the British Ladies' Football Club (North team)
standing: Lily Lynn, Nettie Honeyball, Williams, Edwards, Ide
seated: Compton, F. B. Fenn, Nellie Gilbert, P. Smith, Rosa Thiere, Biggs

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Crouch End 1895 - the South team

1895 - the British Ladies' Football Club (South team)
standing: -, Clarke, A. Hicks, Edwards, Clarence
seated on bench: Hicks, A. F. Lewis, Ellis, A. J. Lewis
seated on ground: Eva Roberts, Fenn

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1909 - Rosy Rapids FC

1909 - Rosy Rapids FC, Wheatley Hill, County Durham
(photograph courtesy of Wheatley Hill Local History Club)

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1915 - Lancashire United Transport Ladies FC

1915 - Lancashire United Transport Ladies FC, Atherton, Lancashire

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1917 - North Eastern Marine Ladies FC

1917 - North Eastern Marine Ladies
This picture is a composite of an original (damaged) image, and a reprint which appeared in the match programme for the game between
North East Marine and Wallsend Slipway at The Riding, Hexham, on 8th August 1917.
(photograph courtesy of Dot Tose)

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1917 - North Eastern Marine Ladies FC

1917 - Wallsend Slipway Ladies
This picture is from the match programme for the game between
North East Marine and Wallsend Slipway at The Riding, Hexham, on 8th August 1917.
(photograph courtesy of Dot Tose)

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whitehaven ladies Ffc in 1917

1917 - Whitehaven Ladies
back row: Cissie Spedding, Kitty Cowie, May Ellwood
centre row: May Spedding, Winnie Whirity, Ida Robinson
front row: Elsie Lowes, M. Cunningham, Xaveria (Vera) Wilson, Connie Whirity, Mary Milne
(photograph courtesy of Eva Elliott)

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mossband munition girls in 1917

1917 - Mossband Munition Girls, Mossband, Cumberland
(photograph courtesy of Eva Elliott)

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Derwent Mills Ladies in 1917-18

1917 - Derwent Mills Ladies, Cockermouth
back row: Peter Thompson, Janet Barnes, Tommy Birkett, Evelyn Gorley, Agnes Pennington, Hannah Lena Birkett (goalkeeper)
Will Harris, Lily Barnes, Jimmy Conway, Mabel Scott, ... Thompson
centre row: Ada Glaister, Bett Holmes, Florrie Burns, Tom Harris (factory owner), Lizzie Sim, Annie Holmes, Annie Suart
front row: Maude Plaskett, Belle Suart, Hannah May Starkie, Sarah Ellen Morgan, Sally Baxter, Florrie Bigrigg
(photograph courtesy of Eva Elliott, identifications courtesy of Gloria Edwards - Kirkgate Centre Museum Group)

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pratchitt's engineering munition girls in 1917

1917 - Pratchitt's Ladies, Carlisle
back row: Archibald Wilson (Manager), -, Ruth Cooke, -, -, Martha Mitchell, Lily Cooke, Albert Younghusband, Thomas Wilson
middle row: extreme right Lily Blythe
the small girl holding the ball is Irene Wilson, daughter of Archibald
(photograph courtesy of Eva Elliott)

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Vulcan Shell Girls 1917-18

1917 - Vulcan Shell Girls, Vulcan Foundry and Railway Works, Newton-le-Willows
(photograph courtesy of www.newton-le-willows.org)

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Workington ladies FC 1917-18

1917 - Workington Ladies FC

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Woolwich Rockets FC in 1917  Woolwich Rockets FC in 1917

1917 - Woolwich Arsenal Rocket Ladies FC
(photographs courtesy of Ian Marr)

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Armstrongs Elswick factory 1917

1917 - Armstrong's Elswick factory
(taken at St. James's Park, Newcastle)

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GRM Ladies 1917

1917 - Government Rolling Mills Ladies (Woolston, Southampton)
(the player holding the ball is May Traill, captain of the team)
(photograph courtesy of John M Vaughn III)

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Ramsey Girls FC

1917? - Ramsey Girls FC (1)
(the image is provisionally dated 1917 because Abbots Ripton Hall did not become a VAD hospital until August 1916. The player marked with an arrow is Doris Papworth)
(photograph courtesy of Susie Riches)

Ramsey Girls FC

1917? - Ramsey Girls FC (2)

(Ramsey is a market town near Huntingdon - photograph courtesy of Susie Riches)

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Barnsley Ladies 1917

1917(?) Barnsley Shell Factory

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Rudge Ladies 1918

1918 - Rudge Ladies, Coventry
(with a team of men from Coventry ASE whom they played on 26-1-1918)

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White and Poppe's Ladies 1918

1918 - White and Poppe's Ladies, Coventry

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Humber Ladies 1918

1918 - Humber Ladies, Coventry, with the Coventry Sportsmen's Challenge Cup
(Humber Ladies defeated Rudge Ladies 9-2 in the final at the Highfield Road on 6-4-1918)

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Birtley C.C.F.

1918 - Birtley Cartridge Case Factory
front row centre - Sarah Cornforth, team captain; back row 4th from left, Julia Turnbull, left back
(photograph courtesy of John Smith - son of Julia Turnbull)

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Barrow YMCA team in 1917-18

1918 - Barrow YMCA Ladies FC
(photograph courtesy of Eva Elliott)

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Hood Haggies Munitions Grils

1918 - Hood Haggies Munition Girls
(Hood, Haggie & Co. were rope manufacturers on Tyneside)

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Armstrong's 43 shell shop in 1917-18

1918 - Armstrong's No. 43 Shell Shop, Scotswood, Newcastle

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Blyth Spartans with Alfred Wood cup

1918 - Blyth Spartans Munition Girls - Munitionette Cup Winners
back row: Hannah Weir, Lizzie James, Nellie Fairless
centre row: Agnes Sample, Martha O'Brien, Bella Metcalfe
front row: Dollie Allan, Annie Allan, Bella Reay, Ada Reed(?), Jennie Morgan
(photograph courtesy of Yvonne Crawford)

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Bolckow Vaughan ladies FC 1918

1918 - Bolckow, Vaughan (Middlesbrough) Ladies - Munitionette Cup Runners-up
back row: Emily Milner, Amelia Farrell, Greta Kirk, Violet Sharples
front row : Elizabeth Powell, Mary Mohan, Mercy Page, Winnie McKenna, Gladys Reece, Olive Percival, Anne Wharton
(photograph courtesy of Peter McNaughton; identifications thanks to John O'Neill, Grangetown in Times Past)

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carlisle munition girls in 1917-18

1918 - Carlisle Munition Girls
(photograph courtesy of Sheila Angus)

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swansea national shell factory 1917-18

1918 - Swansea National Shell Factory

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1918 - Bucknall Ladies

1918 - Bucknall Reserve Ladies at Queen's Park, Longton, Staffordshire
(photograph courtesy of Mr. W. F. Eggington)

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Scottish XI

1918 - West of Scotland Ladies?
This photograph, which was among the possessions of Mary Dorrian,
is thought to be of the West of Scotland team which played England at Newcastle
(photograph courtesy of Peter McNaughton)

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Wallsend Slipway

1918 - Wallsend Slipway Ladies F.C.

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Lever Brothers

1918 - Lever Brothers Ladies - Port Sunlight

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Darlington Railway Ladies

1918 - Darlington North Eastern Railway Workshops

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Brown's Sawmills FC

1918 - Brown's Sawmills, Hartlepool - Munitionette Cup Finalists in 1919

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Marconi Ladies

1918(?) - Marconi Ladies

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Dainty Dinahs FC

1918 - Dainty Dinahs, Chester-le-Street
("Dainty Dinah" was the brand name of their employer - Horner's Toffee)

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Lancaster ladies FC

1920(?) - Lancaster Ladies FC
(taken at Giant Axe, home of Lancaster City FC)
(photograph courtesy of Pam Fishwick)

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Llanelli ladies FC

1921 - Llanelli Ladies FC
(taken at Llandridod Wells Drill Hall, September 1921)

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Dick Kerr and St Helen's

1921 - Dick, Kerr and St Helen's at Coventry, 26th February 1921

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Hanford Ladies FC

1921 - Hanford Ladies, Stoke on Trent
left to right: Lily Brindley, Lizzie Carroll, Daisy Bates, E Spooner, unknown, unknown, Len Bridgett, Dolly Cooper,
Ada Derricot, Elsie Stanyer, Ida Bridgett, unknown, Hilda Eldershaw (?)
This team later became known as Stoke Ladies
(photograph courtesy of Paul Niblett)

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Fleetwood Ladies FC

1921 - Fleetwood Ladies
(tentative indentifications) left to right: Martha Davies , Violet Brown, Gladys Holdsworth, Florrie Rance, Janie Collinson, Nellie Lively, Maggie Shaw, Nellie Sharp
seated: Mary Willan, Annie Cullen, Mary Ellwood

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Coventry Ladies FC

1921(?) - Coventry Ladies

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Huddersfield Atalanta FC 1921

1921 - Atalanta Ladies, Huddersfield (1)
(photograph courtesy of Richard Law)

Huddersfield Atalanta FC 1921

1921 - Atalanta Ladies, Huddersfield (2)
(photograph courtesy of Peter and Jane Bridgett)

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Stoke Ladies FC

1921 - Stoke Ladies (1)
back row: Gladys Bridgett, Hilda Durber, Lily Bridgett, E. Spooner, Lizzie Carroll, Len Bridgett
middle row: Dolly Cooper, Daisy Bates, Hilda Eldershaw, Elsie Stanyer, Ida Bridgett
front row: Tilly Wagg, Eva Bridgett
(photograph courtesy of Peter and Jane Bridgett)

Stoke Ladies FC

1921 - Stoke Ladies (2)
standing: -, Hilda Eldershaw, unknown, Dolly Cooper, Lily Brindley, -, Ida Bridgett, Gladys Bridgett, -
seated: Tilly Wagg, Daisy Bates, Annie Smith, Hilda Durber, Lily Bridgett
(photograph courtesy of Peter and Jane Bridgett)

Stoke Ladies FC

1921 - Stoke Ladies (3)
standing: only Dolly Cooper (6 from left), E. Spooner (8), Hilda Durber (9), Ida Bridgett (11) and Gladys Bridgett (13) can be positively identified
seated: Hilda Eldershaw, Tilly Wagg, Daisy Bates, Len Bridgett (with Cyril), -, Elsie Stanier, Lily Bridgett
(photograph courtesy of Peter and Jane Bridgett)

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Stoke Ladies FC

1921 - Stoke United Ladies
back row (players): -, Lizzie Carroll, Lily Brindley, Dolly Cooper, Ida Bridgett, Lily Bridgett
front row: Daisy Bates, Annie Smith, Hilda Durbar (holding Cyril Bridgett), Elsie Stanyer, Eva Bridgett
Stoke United and Stoke Ladies were essentially the same club
(photograph courtesy of Barbara Thorley)

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Bentley Ladies FC

1921 - Bentley Ladies FC - later named Doncaster-Bentley

seated from left: Lucy Bromage, Gladys Bromage, -, -, Maggie Murphy; goalkeeper (in white) - Ivy Moulton
(photograph courtesy of Gilbert Bromage)

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Jacksons Ladies FC

1921 - Jacksons Ladies FC

A comparison of this picture with the previous one reveals that they were taken on the same occasion; two members
of the Bentley team can be seen peeping through the window and the two non-players are in both pictures.

Jacksons Ladies were possibly from the Radiance Toffee Factory at Scunthorpe, owned by the Jackson family.
(photograph courtesy of R Horton)

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Listers Ladies FC

1921 - Lister's Ladies FC

Lister's Mill (also known as Manningham Mill) was at one time the largest silk factory in the world

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St Helens Ladies FC

1921? - St Helen's Ladies

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Dumfries Ladies FC

1921? - Dumfries Ladies

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Lyons Ladies FC

1921 - Regent Palace Hotel Ladies, London
From the Lyons Mail, January 1922
(photograph courtesy of Peter Bird)

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East Hedleyhope Ladies FC

1921? - East Hedleyhope Ladies, County Durham

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East Hedleyhope Ladies FC

1921 - Arbroath Ladies
back row: M Nicoll, J Alexander, J Beatts, L Anderson, P Mackay, A Steel, M Walker, F Blair
front row: Nellie Walsh, Barbara Milne, Lizzie Robertson, Mary Stewart, Cissie Boath, Bella Welsh
(taken at Dens Park, Dundee)

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Barrington Ladies FC in 1921

1921 - Barrington Ladies, Barrington Colliery, Northumberland
(footballers only) back row: Ida Moody, Annie Graham, Edie Scott, Gladys Saunders, Jane Reed, Jennie Gutteridge
centre row: Mary Reed, Ena Taylor, Lillian Ritchie, Mary Kilgour, Ella May Tait
(photograph courtesy of Evan Martin)

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Blaydon Ladies FC in 1921

1921 - Blaydon Ladies, Blaydon, County Durham
The man at the back is Dick Pearson of Burnley Street, Blaydon, who managed the side
(photograph courtesy of Dilly Armstrong and Mike Ingoe)

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Stoke Ladies FC with ELFA cup

1922 - Stoke Ladies, E.L.F.A. Cup Winners
back row: Mrs. Amelia Bridgett, Lizzie Smith, Dolly Cooper, Lily Brindley, Lizzie Carroll, Gladys Bridgett, Len Bridgett
centre row: Hilda Durber, -, Daisy Bates, Elsie Stanier, Ida Bridgett
front row: Tilly Wagg, Eva Bridgett
(photograph courtesy of Jayne Bridgett)

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Heys Brewery

1922 - Hey's Brewery Ladies FC, Bradford
Hey's Northbrook Brewery was located at Wilson Square, off Lumb Lane, Bradford
(photograph courtesy of Peter and Jane Bridgett)

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Heys Brewery

1922 - Hey's Brewery Ladies FC, Bradford
Hey's Northbrook Brewery was located at Wilson Square, off Lumb Lane, Bradford

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Dick Kerr Ladies

1923 - Dick, Kerr Ladies
The rear of this cigarette card states, "Dick Kerrs unbeaten Ladies International Football Team 1921-1922".
According to Gail Newsham the location is Cardiff Arms Park in 1923.

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Femina Paris

1922 - Fémina Sport Club, Paris
(photograph courtesy of Peter and Jane Bridgett)

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Stoke Ladies

1923 - Stoke Ladies FC
Taken at the Horsfield Ground, Colne, prior to their match with Dick, Kerr Ladies
back row: Gladys Bridgett, Theresa Cooper, J. Longshaw, Dolly Cooper, Ida Bridgett, Len Bridgett
middle row: Lily Bridgett, Ada Derricot, Daisy Bates, Elsie Stanyer, Lizzie Carroll
front row: Tilly Wagg, Eva Bridgett
(photograph courtesy of Peter and Jane Bridgett)

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Spalding Ladies in 1926

1926? - Spalding Ladies

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Marley Hill Spankers in 1926

1926 - Marley Hill Spankers - Marley Hill Colliery, County Durham
(photograph courtesy of Whickham Web Wanderers)

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Darlington Quaker Ladies in 1927

1927 - Darlington Labour Women
back row (left to right): Carver, Thompson, Mooney, Bibby (goalkeeper), Lily Galloway, O' Hare,
front row: Linney Hamilton, Betty Hooper, Sarah Hooper (capt.), A. Mooney, Hilda Penman
Alice McGarrity (trainer) is holding the small case
(photograph courtesy of Sheila Hastie)

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Windlestone Ladies in 1927

1927 - Windlestone (County Durham) Labour Women

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Hayes Ladies in 1938

1938 - Hayes Ladies
Taken at Hayes Park, Middlesex. Millie Marshall is second from the left in the middle row.
(photograph courtesy of Rick Whitney)

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Hayes Ladies in 1938

1938 - Hayes Ladies
(This photograph, which came from a French source, was labelled Hayes Ladies, England, in training.

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Holm Ladies in 1947

1947 - Holm Ladies, Orkney
back row: Elaine Growther, Sally Peterson, Elma Kirkness, Lil Anderson, Janet Mair, Violet Flett
front row: Margaret Flett, Margaret Buchan, Madgie Garriock, Elsie Buchan, Vera Garriock
(photograph courtesy of Holm Football Club)

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Bath Ladies in 1952

1952 - Bath Ladies F.C.
(photograph courtesy of Louise Brown)

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