EURO 2017 Blog: Will Scotland be Aye Ready?

Crumbs from the funding table too little, too late for Scots soccer hopefuls

Scotland women face an uphill task at the 2017 Euro Championships in the Netherlands

CARDS ON THE TABLE: we desperately want Scotland’s women to succeed at Euro 17. Okay, almost our entire knowledge of Scotland and Scottish culture comes from Irvine Welsh novels, Celtic FC books and online football forums. But no-one would be happier than Women’s Football Archive to see the Tartan Army triumphantly “giving it laldy” to the strains of their anthem Bits N Pieces in Holland this summer.

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Players: Jeannie Allott

Brilliant Jeannie Allott played international football for England AND the Netherlands

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Jeannie Allott

woman with long blonde hair jumping for a football

Born: c.1957, Crewe

Position: Left-winger

Debut: Scotland (A) 18 November 1972

Occupation: Schoolgirl (1972)

Featured in the Sports Illustrated ‘Faces in the Crowd’ column in the 29 November 1965 issue:

Jean Allott, 8, a Crewe, England schoolgirl, scored two goals in her debut at center forward for the Wistaston Green Primary School boys’ soccer team. Said her headmaster, “She passes intelligently with her left foot and goes into the tackle as hard as any of the boys.”

Sue Lopez described “a phenomenally fast, strong, tricky left-winger.”

Allott had reportedly been playing for Fodens for eight years when selected to the first England team in 1972, but was only 16. Branded “a real livewire” character by Wendy Owen, she was the team’s joker.

Some sources credit a goal to Allott in England’s famous 3–2 debut win in Greenock. The footage shows Allott collecting a partly-cleared corner and…

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Mundialito Femminile ’84 – The Little World Cup

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Martin Reagan’s beaten Euro 84 finalists square off against Belgium, West Germany and Italy in Jesolo and Caorle

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In the days before the FIFA Women’s World Cup there was the Mundialito…

An invitational tourney along the lines of the latter day Cyprus or Algarve Cups, it was a much bigger deal than these annual seaside jollies: pulling in both bumper crowds and RAI TV coverage.

In summer 1984 football-daft Italians were beside themselves with glee, having carried off the 1982 World Cup and then sealed the 1990 hosting gig in May 1984. Their semi-autonomous women’s football federation (FIGCF) teamed up with the national Olympic committee (CONI) for this joint venture. As well as the national broadcaster and local authority, backing arrived from sportswear company Diadora and La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper. All the participating teams’ costs were covered in full ? music to the ears of England’s hard up WFA.

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Kelly Smith – Goals in International Matches

Kelly Smith – Goals in International Matches

Kelly Smith – Goals in International Matches


The outstanding English player, who obtained 120 international caps with her two National Teams, has entered the symbolic but exclusive circle of players with a Century of Caps. All matches are friendlies unless stated otherwise.


Born:  29-10-1978 in Watford
Country:  England    
Caps: 116 (W57-D25-L34- GF232-GA161 - %59.91) 
Goals: 46 (% 0.40 per match)    
Age First Cap: 17 yr  3 d  1-11-1995 vs. Italy 1-1
Age Last Cap:  35 yr  191 d   8-5-2014 vs. Ukraine 4-0    
National Team Career: 18 yr  188 d 

Cap  Goals        Date          Venue           Opponent       Score    Competition  
 1               1-11-95        Sunderland      Italy           1-1     European Champ. Qual.   
 2   1   1      19-11-95        London          Croatia         5-0     European Champ. Qual. 
 3       1      11- 2-96        Benevente       Portugal        5-0     European Champ. Qual.  
 4   1   2      16- 3-96        Cosenza         Italy           1-2     European Champ. Qual. 
 5   1   3      18- 4-96        Osijek          Croatia         2-0     European Champ. Qual. 
 6   1   4      19- 5-96        Brentford       Portugal        3-0     European Champ. Qual.  
 7       4       8- 9-96        Montilla        Spain           1-2     European Champ. Qual. 
 8       4      29- 9-96        Birkenhead      Spain           1-1     European Champ. Qual. 
 9       4      27- 2-97        Preston         Germany         4-6   
10       4       7- 3-97        Sheffield       Scotland        6-0  
11       4      23- 4-97        Turin           Italy           0-2  
12       4       9- 5-97        San Jose        United States   0-5  
13       4      11- 5-97        Portland        United States   0-6  
14       4       9- 6-97        Lillestrøm      Norway          0-4   
15       4       8- 3-98        London          Germany         0-1     World Cup Qualifier  
16       4      14- 5-98        Oldham          Norway          1-2     World Cup Qualifier 
17       4      23- 5-98        Waalwijk        Netherlands     1-2     World Cup Qualifier 
18       4      27- 7-98        Dagenham        Sweden          0-1       
19       4      15- 8-98        Lillestrøm      Norway          0-2     World Cup Qualifier 
20       4      20- 2-00        Barnsley        Portugal        2-0     European Champ. Qual. 
21       4       7- 3-00        Norwich         Norway          0-3     European Champ. Qual. 
22       4       4- 6-00        Moss            Norway          0-8     European Champ. Qual.  
23   1   5      30-10-00        Boryspil        Ukraine         2-1     European Champ. Qual. 
24       5      28-11-00        London          Ukraine         2-0     European Champ. Qual. 
25   1   6      22- 3-01        Luton           Spain           4-2   
26       6      24- 6-01        Jena            Russia          1-1     European Championship 
27       6      27- 6-01        Jena            Sweden          0-4     European Championship 
28       6      30- 6-01        Jena            Germany         0-3     European Championship 
29       6      27- 9-01        Kassel          Germany         1-3     World Cup Qualifier 
30       6       4-11-01        Grimsby         Netherlands     0-0     World Cup Qualifier 
31       6      25-01-02        La Manga        Sweden          0-5     
32   2   8      24- 2-02        Portsmouth      Portugal        3-0     World Cup Qualifier 
33   1   9      23- 3-02        Den Haag        Netherlands     4-1     World Cup Qualifier  
34       9       4- 9-03        Burnley         Australia       1-0      
35       9      11- 9-03        Darmstadt       Germany         0-4       
36       9      21-10-03        Moscow          Russia          2-2       
37       9      13-11-03        Preston         Scotland        5-0     
38   1  10      19- 2-04        Portsmouth      Denmark         2-0  
39      10      22- 4-04        Reading         Nigeria         0-3  
40      10      14- 5-04        Peterborough    Iceland         1-0  
41      10       6- 5-05        Barnsley        Norway          1-0  
42   1  11      26- 5-05        Walsall         Czech Republic  4-1     
43      11       5- 6-05        Manchester      Finland         3-2     European Championship  
44      11       8- 6-05        Blackburn       Denmark         1-2     European Championship 
45      11      11- 6-05        Blackburn       Sweden          0-1     European Championship  
46   1  12       1- 9-05        Amstetten       Austria         4-1     World Cup Qualifier 
47   3  15      27-10-05        Tapolca         Hungary        13-0     World Cup Qualifier 
48      15      17-11-05        Zwolle          Netherlands     1-0     World Cup Qualifier 
49      15       9- 2-06        Achna           Sweden          1-1      
50      15       9- 3-06        Norwich         Iceland         1-0       
51      15      26- 3-06        Blackburn       France          0-0     World Cup Qualifier      
52      15      20- 4-06        Gillingham      Austria         4-0     World Cup Qualifier  
53   3  18      31- 8-06        London          Netherlands     4-0     World Cup Qualifier  
54      18      30-09-06        Rennes          France          1-1     World Cup Qualifier  
55      18      25-10-06        Aalen           Germany         1-5  
56      18      26- 1-07        Guangdong       China           0-2      
57      18      28- 1-07        Guangdong       United States   1-1       
58      18      30- 1-07        Guangdong       Germany         0-0       
59   1  19       8- 3-07        Milton Keynes   Russia          6-0       
60      19      11- 3-07        Wycombe         Scotland        1-0      
61      19      14- 3-07        Swindon         Netherlands     0-1  
62   1  20      13- 5-07        Gillingham      N Ireland       4-0     European Champ. Qual.  
63   1  21      17- 5-07        Southend        Iceland         4-0  
64   2  23      11- 9-07        Shanghai        Japan           2-2     World Cup 
65      23      14- 9-07        Shanghai        Germany         0-0     World Cup  
66   2  25      17- 9-07        Chengdu         Argentina       6-1     World Cup  
67      25      20- 9-07        Tianjin         United States   0-3     World Cup   
68   1  26      27-10-07        Walsall         Belarus         4-0     European Champ. Qual. 
69      26      25-11-07        Shrewsbury      Spain           1-0     European Champ. Qual.  
70      26      12- 2-08        Achna           Sweden          0-2     
71   1  27      14- 2-08        Larnaca         Norway          2-1      
72      27       6- 3-08        Lurgan          N Ireland       2-0     European Champ. Qual.   
73      27       8- 5-08        Minsk           Belarus         6-1     European Champ. Qual.   
74      27      17- 7-08        Unterhaching    Germany         0-3  
75   2  29      28- 9-08        Prague          Czech Republic  5-1     European Champ. Qual. 
76   1  30       7-10-08        Zamora          Spain           2-2     European Champ. Qual. 
77   1  31       9- 2-09        Larnaca         Finland         2-2  
78   1  32      11- 2-09        Larnaca         Finland         4-1  
79   1  33       5- 3-09        Larnaca         South Africa    6-0  
80      33       7- 3-09        Larnaca         France          2-2  
81   1  34      12- 3-09        Nicosia         Canada          3-1       
82      34      23- 4-09        Shrewsbury      Norway          3-0     
83      34      25- 8-09        Lahti           Italy           1-2     European Championship 
84   1  35      28- 8-09        Helsinki        Russia          3-2     European Championship 
85      35      31- 8-09        Turku           Sweden          1-1     European Championship 
86      35       3- 9-09        Turku           Finland         3-2     European Championship 
87   1  36       6- 9-09        Tampere         Netherlands     2-1 aet European Championship 
88   1  37      10- 9-09        Helsinki        Germany         2-6     European Championship 
89      37       1- 3-10        Nicosia         Switzerland     2-2     
90      37       3- 3-10        Nicosia         Italy           3-2  
91      37       1- 4-10        London          Spain           1-0     World Cup Qualifier 
92   1  38      20- 5-10        Ta' Qali        Malta           6-0     World Cup Qualifier 
93      38      19- 6-10        Aranda de Duero Spain           2-2     World Cup Qualifier 
94   2  40      21- 8-10        Krems           Austria         4-0     World Cup Qualifier 
95   1  41      12- 9-10        Shrewsbury      Switzerland     2-0     World Cup Qualifier 
96   1  42      16- 9-10        Wohlen          Switzerland     3-2     World Cup Qualifier 
97      42      19-10-10        Suwon           South Korea     0-0     
98      42      21-10-10        Suwon           New Zealand     0-0 
99   1  43       2- 3-11        Larnaca         Italy           2-0  
100     43       7- 3-11        Nicosia         Canada          0-2 
101     43       9- 3-11        Larnaca         South Korea     2-0  
102     43       2- 4-11        London          United States   2-1 
103     43      17- 5-11        Oxford          Sweden          2-0 
104     43      27- 6-11        Wolfsburg       Mexico          1-1     World Cup 
105     43       1- 7-11        Dresden         New Zealand     2-1     World Cup  
106     43       5- 7-11        Augsburg        Japan           2-0     World Cup 
107     43       9- 7-11        Leverkusen      France          1-1 [a] World Cup 
108     43      23-11-11        Doncaster       Serbia          2-0     European Champ. Qual. 
109  2  45      28- 2-12        Larnaca         Finland         3-1     
110     45       4- 3-12        Larnaca         France          0-3  
111     45       6- 3-13        Lanarca         Italy           4-2   
112  1  46       8- 3-13        Lanarca         Scotland        4-4 
113     46      15- 7-13        Linkoping       Russia          1-1     European Championship 
114     46      18- 7-13        Linkoping       France          0-3     European Championship 
115     46      12- 3-14        Nicosia         France          0-2 
116     46       8- 5-14        Shrewsbury      Ukraine         4-0     World Cup Qualifier 

     
Note:  
[a] England lost 3-4 on penalties 
 
Total Record  
 
Matches Won   Draw     Lost     For-Against  Points  Percentage  
          
116      57     25       34      232-161      139        59.91  
   
46 Goals in 116 Matches (% 0.40 per match)  
 
Types of             Matches and Goals  
 
Friendlies             51        13  
World Cup               8         4
World Cup Qualifier    22        15  
European Championship  14         3  
European Champ. Qual.  21        11  
 
Total goals:          116        46 



Born:  29-10-1978 in Watford
Country:  Great Britain    
Caps: 4 (W3-D1-L0- GF5-GA0 - %87.50) 
Goals: 0 (% 0.00 per match)    
Age First Cap: 33 yr  264 d  20-7-2012 vs. Sweden 0-0
Age Last Cap:  33 yr  275 d  31-7-2012 vs. Brazil 1-0    
National Team Career: 0 yr  11 d 

Cap  Goals        Date          Venue           Opponent       Score    Competition  
 1              20- 7-12        Middlesbrough   Sweden          0-0        
 2              25- 7-12        Cardiff         New Zealand     1-0     Olympic Games 
 3              28- 7-12        Cardiff         Cameroon        3-0     Olympic Games  
 4              31- 7-12        London          Brazil          1-0     Olympic Games 
 
Total Record  
 
Matches Won   Draw     Lost     For-Against  Points  Percentage  
          
4         3      1        0      5-0         7           87.50  
   
0 Goals in 4 Matches (% 0.00 per match)  
 
Types of             Matches and Goals  
 
Friendlies              1         0  
Olympic Games           3         0
 
Total goals:            4         0 


The Deal International Tournament

Fact:

The Deal Tournament (later known as the Deal International Tournament) was a women’s football competition first organised in 1967 by Arthur Hobbs, a carpenter with Deal Town Council.

Hobbs had been a decent amateur footballer in his youth and he settled in Kent after being posted there with the army in the 1940s.

A driven man possessed of great energy and focus, Hobbs became The Founding Father of women’s football in England.

Visionary Hobbs pioneered summer football for women more than 40 years before the FA WSL.

To get things moving, Hobbs reckoned a high profile tournament was in order. This would bring the top players and teams together, showcase the best the game had to offer and provide a focal point.

Held over a weekend in July, players were put up in local Bed and Breakfast establishments in Deal on the Kent coast. Wendy Owen (2005) recalled that matches were 15 minutes each way and played before decent crowds, but as far as the players were concerned, the social aspects outstripped the football.

The winning combination of women’s football and a seaside jolly would be repeated in the evolution of the sport at La Manga, Cyprus and so on.

The local male club Deal Town FC were keen to act as hosts, and even more keen to snaffle any proceeds via the “Mayor of Deal’s Appeal Fund for Deal Town FC”.

Deal Town had left the Southern League in 1966 after a humiliating season in which they won three of 46 league games.

Records indicate they pitched up back in a reformed Kent League in 1968, after languishing in the Greater London League for two seasons.

Their modest Charles Sports Ground had hosted two low-key women’s matches during 1966–67, which apparently went under the radar.

It was into 1967’s “summer of love” that Hobbs launched his tournament. He wanted to aid the development of women’s football, to give it purpose and direction.

The Kent County FA blocked use of the ground, on the pretext that 1921’s infamous ban on women remained on the FA’s dusty statute books.

To their enormous credit, Deal Town’s chairman and one other committee member immediately quit in disgust. They fired off a suitably angry broadside to the East Kent Mercury, the local rag.

Undaunted, Hobbs was backed to the hilt in his quest by David Ennals, later Baron Ennals, the great Labour Party statesman who was the local MP.

It is sometimes overlooked that women were banned from football not only by the FA, but also, notionally at least, by the Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR; now the Sport & Recreation Alliance), the Government’s Department of the Environment (now part of DEFRA) and the Sports Council (now Sport England).

Kent’s famously militant miners1 came to Hobbs’ rescue and the first tournament went ahead on the playing fields of Betteshanger Colliery in Deal.

Politically savvy and always with an eye on the bigger picture, Hobbs knew he could not be seen to be funding the miners’ latest strike. Instead proceeds went to British Empire Cancer Campaign (BECC), which merged into Cancer Research UK in 2002.

Sue Lopez (1997) wrote that all teams for the inaugural edition were sourced from local workplaces or youth organizations. Staff from St Augustine’s Hospital in Canterbury, a lunatic asylum which later became notorious for its abuse of patients, also took part. Dover’s GPO (general post office) scooped the title.

For the second tournament in 1968, teams came from far and wide. The legendary Manchester Corinthians carried off the title.

Getting Corinthians involved was something of a coup for Hobbs. The Manchester outfit had drawn massive crowds all over the world, raising over £275,000 for charities like Oxfam and the Red Cross. Their veteran Secretary Manager Percy Ashley had also compiled a contact book fatter than Donald Trump’s wallet.

By 1969 52 teams entered the burgeoning tourney. Some of the more exotic entrants included Start Praha and Slavia Pramen Kaplice from Czechoslovakia, Austrians LFU from Vienna and Scottish champions, Cambuslang Hooverettes.

David Ennals MP presented the Cup to Corinthians, who retained their trophy by seeing off Deal Hockey Club in the final.

On 6 July 1969 after another successful tournament, Hobbs triumphantly announced the formation of “The Ladies Football Association of Great Britain”, which became the WFA.

In the 1970 final Southampton battled to a 0–0 draw with the Hooverettes. After normal time, a curious one-v-one sudden death penalty shootout between Southampton’s Sue Lopez and Hooverettes’ Paddy McGroarty decided the tie in the English team’s favour. Saints goalie Sue Buckett saved future England teammate McGroarty’s first effort and saw the second kick missed. Lopez also missed her first kick but gave Southampton their first trophy with her second.

1971 saw Ayrshire crackshots Stewarton & Thistle win, inspired by the incomparable Rose Reilly.

1972 was the final edition of the tournament, as the “Mitre Trophy” (WFA Cup) had started, while Hobbs stepped back from women’s football as his health failed. An upwardly mobile Thame Ladies team featuring Wendy Owen and Paddy McGroarty won the last ever title.

The second WFA Newsletter reported that 10 teams took part in 1972: Thame, Hooverettes, Southampton, Aston Villa, Willie Walker Wonders (later Watford LFC), FC Davo, Deal, Emgals, Fodens and Crystal Palace. By then, thanks to the hard work of Hobbs and others, Deal Town’s Charles Sports Ground was the venue.

Owen said that Thame’s run to the semi-finals of that year’s WFA Cup had qualified them for the Deal Tournament.

In 1975 Hobbs died after a heart attack on the Deal seafront he loved. He wrote his name in the stars. The success of the game today stands as a living, breathing monument to Arthur Hobbs’ vision.

When Team GB beat Brazil in front of a packed Wembley Stadium in the 2012 Olympics, it is tempting to imagine that Hobbs was looking down with a broad smile on his face.

Year Winners Score Runners–up
1967 Dover GPO
1968 Manchester Corinthians
1969 Manchester Corinthians Deal Hockey Club
1970 Southampton 0–0 Cambuslang Hooverettes
1971 Stewarton & Thistle
1972 Thame Fodens

Opinion:

By the end of the swinging 60s the FA’s 1921 ban of women’s football was an anachronism. Like one of those quaint but ridiculous English laws which remain on the statute book long past their sell by date.

Y’know, like the one allowing the murder of a Scotsman within York’s walls, so long as it is with a bow and arrow.

Or the one giving a pregnant woman carte blanche to pee ANYWHERE. Even—it is said—in a policeman’s helmet.

The previous summer, England’s male footballers threw off their perennial loser status to win the 1966 World Cup at Wembley Stadium.

That sent legions of England’s little girls scurrying outside with a football, eager to emulate the figures on their grainy black and white television sets.

Then an unwelcome intrusion from the distant past arrived with a thuddering jolt. The local FA pathetically tried to ban the Deal event, pointing to the FA’s 1921 “quite unsuitable for females” edict.

In doing so Kent’s blazers marked themselves out as surely the thickest and most reactionary of all the county FAs.

But scarily they were by no means alone. This was the awful situation Hobbs’ journey started out in.

Bigotry held no truck with Hobbs. His revulsion was the motor which drove the formation of the WFA and kick-started women’s football in England.


1. A few of the more incorrigible lads had even been out on strike during World War Two!