How Unladylike! Women and Football in the 19th and 20th Centuries

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How Unladylike! Women and Football in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Time: November 29, 2021 from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Location: Bruce Castle Museum
Street: Lordship Lane
City/Town: Tottenham
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Phone: 020 8489 4250
Event Type: history talk, women's history, football history, local history talk, bruce castle, tottenham hotspur, haringey heritage, haringey history, online talk, in person talk
Event Added By: Deborah Hedgecock
Latest Activity: Nov 21

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One hundred years ago, on 5 December 1921, the Football Association (FA) moved to ban members from allowing women’s football to be played at their grounds. Overnight, this was the end for women playing association football. The FA claimed the game was 'quite unsuitable for females and ought not to be encouraged'.

Hear from Bruce Castle Museum's special guest speaker Joanna Yeung of Tottenham Hotspur Foundation as she charts the history of women's football, both before and after 1921. She will share with us the highs and lows for the women who dared to play – and were considered unladylike! You can find out about those early pioneers like Nettie J Honeyball who, after founding the British Ladies' Football Club in 1895, played with her team locally in Crouch End near Nightingale Lane – a momentous occasion watched by a crowd of 10,000 at the time. Said to be the first official women's football match, her team are now celebrated with a historical plaque nearby on Campsbourne School. Find out about this and other stories about women playing football – the sport that was believed by some to be 'quite unfit for females'.

Please note that this is planned to be a hybrid event – i.e. both an on-site and a virtual event. Both types of attendance must be booked.

Numbers will be limited to 25 for those attending on site only (due to space and social distancing).
To book a place and hear the talk on site at the Museum, please email to confirm your attendance to (Please note for those attending this event on-site, face masks/coverings are encouraged to be worn in the Museum. If you are feeling unwell on the day of the event, please do not travel or attend the onsite talk. Thank you.)

To secure your place for the talk online, please book here via Eventbrite. (The Zoom link will be sent to your email nearer the time.) ;

If you have any general difficulties with booking, please contact the Museum on 020 8489 4250 (option 1) or email

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