Women's Sports: Five decade recovery for women's football

The Lionesses

In 1920, crowds of an outstanding 53,000 were in attendance at Goodison Park with 14,000 to have been locked outside of the football ground on the night where Kerr Ladies played St Helen’s on Boxing Day.

The thriving sport was forced to be short-lived as the FA directed a ban on the “beautiful game” due to the “unsuitable nature” for females in the game. 

In just under five decades since the FA lifted the ban, for a now ‘playable’ sport, crowds of women’s football in the UK are only just equalising with statistics from pre-1920s with an upcoming game at Wembley Stadium reaching a record-breaking and sell-out crowd of 90,000 for the Lionesses.

Women’s football is now receiving the treatment and crowds that the game deserves. For patrons and devotees of the game the night will be definitely one to remember, and a game that has been five decades in the making. 

The Lionesses will face Germany at Wembley Stadium on November the 9th 2019 in front of a sell-out crowd. The two sides have previously met at Wembley Stadium back in 2014 in front of 45,619 spectators where the Lionesses suffered a 3-0 defeat.

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