Foot­ball women were pioneers

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen writer and his­to­rian Dorothy Con­nor will be a guest on the award-win­ning Cat’s Cream ra­dio show on Cam­glen Ra­dio to­day, Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13.

She will talk about women’s foot­ball and the day that Ruther­glen Ladies be­came world cham­pi­ons in a sen­sa­tional match at Shaw­field.

The “un­beaten” reign­ing world cham­pi­ons, The Dick Kerr’s In­ter­na­tion­als, were treated to a civic re­cep­tion at the town hall on Septem­ber 13, 1923.

Dorothy’s grand­fa­ther, James Kelly, ran the team.

They raised large amounts for ex-ser­vice­men’s char­i­ties dur­ing and af­ter the First World War un­til they were banned by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

Dorothy said: “Women’s foot­ball is huge now but at that time these women were the pioneers.”

Cat’s Cream with Ca­tri­ona Gib­son is on from 11am un­til 1pm on­line and on 107.9FM.

Pho­tographs and ar­ti­cles writ­ten by Dorothy about the team are avail­able to view in the Her­itage Cen­tre at Ruther­glen Li­brary.

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