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    Football match between Handley Page Girls and Ladies Sterling Football Club. Ilford, Essex.

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    Title - 'Ilford. Women's football match. Spirited match between Handley Page Girls and Ladies Sterling Football Club'.


    MS young women lined up in front of goal. Various shots of the match in progress, some good footage.

    MS teams coming out from gate in front of stands. Various shots of the match. MS teams coming out from gate, with spectators hanging about by the fence; including some young boys at front. Last two players through gate have a little girl walking between them, a team mascot? A man and lady follow team onto field.

    The child kicks out the ball holding the hands of the big girls. More shots of match, a girl player with muddy knees walks across field.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:44:28:00 / 01:47:11:00
    ON 125 A

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  1. Unknown user says

    The Sterling Telephone & Electric Co., in Dagenham (then Essex, now London) manufactured wireless equipment for the Royal Flying Corp during World War I. It employed dozens of women and Queen Mary visited the factory. The women formed a popular football team, described above as the Ladies Sterling Football Club. A local newspaper reported that when Armistice was announced, the team played an impromptu match against an RAF team in celebration. The article, in the Romford Times of 13/11/1918, devoted more inches to describing the match than to the news of peace!

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  2. SteveBolton says

    Sterling Ladies FC of Dagenham - “The Invincibles” were arguably the most successful women’s football team of the First World War. They are playing in their distinctive white and dark ‘quarter’ shirts and shorts. Handley Page Aircraft Girls (Cricklewood) are playing in the dark tunics. Sterling won by 2 goals to nil. The game was played at Ilford FC’s ground at Newbury Park on Saturday 12th April 1919 in front of a crowd of 4,000. The referee was Alan Bott. The player in white was the Handley Page Captain and Goalkeeper B. Corder. The game was kicked off by Lady Georgina Griggs wife of the first MP for Ilford Sir Peter Griggs. Maisie Smith is the 3 ½ year old Mascot who used to kick off the games. The Sterling captain and prolific forward Ada Fairman scored both goals. A photo of the team appeared in the New York Herald in 1918 with the caption: ‘The unbeaten women champions of Great Britain’. They finished with a record of 34 wins + 2 draws with 201 goals for and 14 against.

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