British Ladies’ Football Club – The first official women’s match in Hornsey

British Ladies’ Football Club – The first official women’s match in Hornsey

The British club was an all-woman football team formed in Great Britain in 1885. The team had as its patron Lady Florence Dixie, an aristocrat from Dumfries, and its first captain was Nettie Honeyball.

British Ladies’ Football Club, “North” team, 23 March 1885 / Image: via Wikipedia

The club’s first public match took place at Crouch End, London on 23 March 1895, between teams representing ‘The North’ and ‘The South’. Unlike in the matches of 1881, players no longer had to wear corsets and high-heeled boots, but acquired standard man’s boots in suitable sizes. The North won 7–1 in front of an estimated 10,000 spectators.

Advertising of The British Ladies’ Football Club 1895 / Image: National Football Museum

Featured Image: First Match of the British Ladies’ Football Club , March 1895 / Image: via Wikipedia

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