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Stafford footballers recreate the image of the women’s first team during Euro 2022

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The original image of British Ladies’ FC in 1895, formed by captain and trailblazer Nettie Honeyball, inset below

The Stafford Soccer Mums have been selected to recreate the image as part of a National Lottery photo series to celebrate the event.

The players, who train at Stafford Football Club’s Evans Park, were started in 2016 by a group of friends after watching their sons and daughters take part in the sport.

The club has since gone from strength to strength – with over 50 active members competing in over 30 leagues – which led to them being chosen for the picture.

The players were invited to join footballer and singer-songwriter Chelcee Grimes for the photograph honoring the pioneers of women’s football.

Back, Kez Meekings (center) and Zoe Parker next to her. Second to fourth to Ellie Roberts, Katie Charlsworth, Caz Hopkins

The original image features one of the earliest known women’s teams, British Ladies’ FC in 1895, which was formed by captain Nettie Honeyball, who is widely considered a pioneer of women’s football and the early feminist movement. Their first match was played at Crouch End, North London, in front of a crowd of 10,000.

In the original match, the players wore button-down blouses and puffy bloomers and the players would have owned only one pair of boots, which had to be heeled to ensure they weren’t considered as breaking Victorian standards of decency.

But 125 years later, the women’s game couldn’t be more different, with National Lottery players helping to invest more than £50million in football in ways that benefit the game of women and girls. This investment includes funding specific programs as part of the Women’s Euro legacy, as well as supporting the return of sport after Covid-19 and other initiatives to inspire women to play football.

Kerry Meekings, one of the Soccer Mums who took part in the photo recreation, said: “It was so nice to be part of the recreation of this iconic image – outfits aside maybe! As a core team being involved in the Women’s Euro is amazing for us, we are so happy with how the game is progressing that’s why it’s all the more important to remember and look at where everything went. started.

“Stafford Soccer Mums was started a few years ago, just by a group of like-minded mums who wanted to play football after watching our sons and daughters play week in and week out. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery, we have been able to progress and grow our club with more and more ladies. The opportunity to play football makes a huge difference in all our lives. It’s a stress reliever, and we have a big football family thanks to the support that we have received.

Nettie Honeyball

Chelcee Grimes, who has played for Liverpool, Fulham and Mersyside Ladies, said she hoped the image would interest people in the people who “helped break down prejudice and move the sport forward”.

She said: “Nettie Honeyball and her team were true pioneers of their time. I’ve been playing for a team since I was a young girl and even in my short tenure the game has really come a very long way.

“I’m really passionate about more women and girls paying for the game, so it’s great to see the National Lottery investing locally to support the next generation of female players. Sport really has the power to bring people together. grassroots people and clubs and organizations play a vital role in giving young people the time and space to reach their full potential.

The Euro tournament is currently well under way, with England having already reached the group stage ahead of last night’s game against Northern Ireland.

The national team drew sold-out crowds to all of its games.