• Short Summary

    Preston Ladies' Football Club are seen in training and in a match.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "The Champions - Filmed at Blackpool. We found Preston Ladies' Football Club, the World's Champion team of the fair sex, in hard training at breezy Blackpool."

    Blackpool, Lancashire.

    Various shots of the members of Preston Ladies' Football Club in training. They jump up and down on the spot, wearing football shirts, baggy shorts, long black socks and hats. A trainer in white calls the instructions. Intertitle says that one member, Miss Lily Buxton, holds a record - 253 matches and only once absent. The women do star jumps with hands on hips, then throw a ball to each other (a man seen in this shot could be manager Mr Frankland) and skip, using skipping ropes.

    M/S of the women playing football on a beach - this seems to be a split screen effect, with footage from other matches or practise sessions seen either side of a foggy spilt through the picture. Voiceover by one of the members calls out encouragement to several players. More footage shows the women in a match on a football pitch before a large crowd (this section of film is running slightly fast).

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:35:43:00 / 01:38:17:00
    PT 091

Comments (2)

  1. SteveBolton says

    This is the Dick Kerr's Ladies FC who changed name to Preston Ladies in 1926. It was filmed at Blackpool Lido which was the biggest in europe. The player in white next to the trainer is the famous Lily Parr the first woman footballer in the Hall of Fame. Next to her is a fellow St Helens woman Lizzy Ashcroft (my granny - Dick Kerr's 1923-1936). Lizzy is wearing distictive white sandals and can be seen at the front of the skipping clip. If you look carefully at one point you can see her almost twin Lily Parr sloping off for a woodbine. Lily was a prolific forward and Lizzy was a centre half. Both were from the mining community in St Helens.

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  2. SteveBolton says

    This was filmed on Wed 25 November 1931. It poured with rain and was very difficult to film. In 1931 Lily Parr was sharing the Captaincy with Jennie Harris. Lily Buxton had only missed one game in 8 years. She was a Blackpool girl and gave up becoming a Tiller girl.

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