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    Whitley Bay, Northumberland.

    Opening shot (taken from Girl Police Cyclists - CP 281) shows women on police motorbikes weaving in and out of bollards. Commentator talks of the "so-called weaker sex" and "how far they've invaded man's territory".

    C/U of a girl smiling; pan down to show she is wearing a white top and shorts; the latter have a red heart sewn on one leg. Nice shots of girls putting on their boots and shin guards as commentator tells us they are part of a football team called 'Heartthrobs'. M/Ss of their opposing team, some boys from Monkseaton County Secondary School. The condescending tone of the commentator continues: "At least there's no risk to man's prestige in a match like this; if the girls win there's a perfect get-out - after all, they're only schoolboys!".

    Various shots of the game on a playing field; some boys on the sidelines cheer. M/S of the Heartthrobs' manager, Miss Iris Mitchell (on the right), with unidentified female supporter. Nice M/S of some boys, one on a bike, watching intently.

    Note: there is no print for this issue. From notes on file it seems the girls were learning to play football at this club; the angle of the finished story is that they know what they are doing (they do it all with mirrors, you know) and are muscling in on male territory. Cameraman Martin Rolfe notes "Miss Mitchell has asked for a fee for the club, but they are such poor players - I should forget it!". There is correspondence and a news cutting on file.

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

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  • Data

    Archive
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1961
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    1756
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    139.16
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:57:29:00 / 01:59:02:00
    Canister:
    CP 334
    Sort Number:
    CP 334
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    Categories
    Sport & Leisure Entertainment & Humour
    WorkSpaces
    BBC4Katy Women Football Playing NEW VIRGINIA DOMINIC NATALIE Feminism Sexism School Children - Shorts School Children - Shorts Women\'s Football Football - Womens Women At Work
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