Bat­tle of the sexes on the foot­ball field

Black Country Bugle - - NEWS - By GAVIN JONES

WOMEN’S foot­ball has re­ally taken off in re­cent years, but here in the Black Coun­try we have a long, proud his­tory of it.

Reg­u­lar Bu­gle read­ers will have read about the Handy An­gle girls, who rep­re­sented a Bri­er­ley Hill fac­tory and trav­elled the coun­try, thrash­ing vir­tu­ally ev­ery team un­for­tu­nate enough to cross their path.

And here, from the Bu­gle ar­chives, is an­other women’s side from more than two decades ago, in 1995.

They were Tip­ton Town Ladies FC, and this, we be­lieve, was their first line-up. They were, from left in the back row: Sue Turner, Anna Mcmil­lan, Donna Lewis, Vicki Banks, Rachel Laird, Sue Sum­mers. Be­hind them are man­ager Paul Laird, chair­man Adrian Hoff­man and fix­ture sec­re­tary Rob Mills.

Front row, left to right: Deb­bie Hoff­man, An­gela Mock­ler, mas­cot Shan­non Mock­ler, Kerry Cooper, Anna Wright (cap­tain), Lisa But­ler, Leanne Fel­lows, Jayne Hodge.

Clash

On this oc­ca­sion they were about to take on Tip­ton’s men’s team, who are shown below. They lined up as: (back row, from left): Steve Mills, Steve Fel­lows, Carl Sayce, Wayne Thorn­ton, Richard Bastable, Gary Steven.

Front row, from left: Martin Hick­man, Garry Mor­ris, Mark Hud­son, Dave Ed­wards (man­ager) Dave White­house, Paul Shaw, Al­lan Jes­son.

Ap­par­ently as soon as the pho­tos were taken, the girls changed into their away strip to avoid an all-stripes clash.

The boys won by a com­fort­able 8-1, but Bu­gle colum­nist Harry Har­ri­son, who was there for the game, wit­nessed some de­cent pass­ing and a header from An­gela Mock­ler which he claimed Steve Bull him­self would have been proud of.

Tip­ton Ladies Foot­ball Club’s orig­i­nal line-up. Were you among them?

Tip­ton (men) FC, about to take on their fe­male coun­ter­parts

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