10,000 At Ladies’ Match

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Lan­cashire Evening Post De­cem­ber 26, 1917

“There were 10,000 peo­ple at Deep­dale yes­ter­day af­ter­noon at the ladies foot­ball match be­tween two teams rep­re­sent­ing the mu­ni­tion work­ers from Dick, Kerr’s and Coulthard’s.

The play­ers all wore or­tho­dox tops, shorts and boots. Coulthard’s were in red and white stripes and Dick, Kerr’s in black and white – with the ad­di­tion of natty hats to match. Corsets were barred. There was a ten­dency amongst the play­ers at the start to gig­gle, but they soon set­tled down to the game in earnest.

Dick, Kerr’s weren’t long in show­ing that they had the bet­ter all-round idea of the game and a num­ber of their shots would not have dis­graced a reg­u­lar pro­fes­sional.

Within five min­utes Dick, Kerr’s had scored through Miss Whit­tle, and added goals by Miss Birkens – a shot from 15 yards – and Miss Rance.

Coulthard’s ‘bucked up’ af­ter the in­ter­val and de­served a goal, but it was de­nied. On the other hand, Dick, Kerr’s added to their score with Miss Rance net­ting.”

A (slightly sex­ist) take on Dick, Kerr’s Ladies’ Christ­mas Day de­but.

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