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The Dick, Kerr's Ladies Hardcover – 29 Jul 2004

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; 1st Edition edition (29 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841198285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841198286
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"From the opening chapter Jacob's wonderful book evokes the smells, sounds and harshness of urban life in Northern England" -- Western Daily Press (Wiltshire Edition)

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Founded in 1917, women's football quickly became a popular spectator sport - so much so, that the Football Association banned it, fearing it would upstage the men's game. This book is the story of the Dick, Kerr's Ladies team, as well as the political and social issues that led to the demise of the women's game.

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Thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the book - the player's life stories - what life was like for these players - they seem to have had it good, playing on first class pitches, referees no prob, money no prob and to receive a payment for playing - actually much better than we did in the 60's - with a total ban on women playing football (SFA) we had a real struggle - with pitches - with referees - with travel - finding opposition and - with finance - with the male (and female) attitudes of the day, new players were difficult to find. All we wanted to do was play a game of football. It took a lot of effort and it took a long long time for acceptance and recognition...and at last the dream has come true Women's World Cup, Olympics, professional leagues, high standard of coaching for all ages etc etc Well done lassies!!!
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What could be a fascinating story is ruined by the author's intrusive, patronising style: girls are "lasses", people are "folk," and for some strange reason she wants to break into poetry or song as frequently as possible, with the verses having little relevance to what is being written about. And why not continue into the story of Preston Ladies, a story that would be just as interesting? She begins the book by boasting of the hours of research and the sacrifices made for her art, yet the result is short, thin, full of irrelevant folksy asides, and quite dreadfully written by an author suffering from chronic self-regard.
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My review might be tainted by the fact that my family is one of the major themes of the book. However, I write as an academic and a football fan. Undoubtedly the book carefully links social history and a major era in women's football. The author should be commended for her thoughtful and innovative style - I was particularly impressed by the marriage of carefully researched social history and narrative based on proud Lancashire dialect. I am amazed at the limited publicity the book has had in my home town. It just occurs to me that the book would provide a much more substantial source for a film than women's baseball in Second World War USA.
Good work Barbara - keep it up!
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I could not wait to read this book only having ever read about the women's football game that sprang up during World War One as a minor footnote in soccer's history. Therefore, it was nice to see that an author had taken the time to do a bit of research into it. However, when I put it down, I was slightly underwelmed. The book is quite short and I put this down to the fact that the sources of information for this work would have been quite slim. That is not the case. What it does do, it does quite well. Using what little official reporting from the press at the time and the memories of the players themselves as well as their relatives, you do get a vivid picture of life in the North of England during the late 1910's and early 1920's. What you do not get are any statistics. After reading the text, I would have loved to have a record of their matches. A statistical record of the players themselves would have been of use as well. Who played in them, the scores, venue etc without having to trawl through the text. I was also a bit fed up with the continual use of lyrics through out the piece. I thought this was meant to be a book on football, not one on poetry. It also finishes very abruptly and the history of the team after the mid 1920's boils down to little more than one sentence. It want to know so much more, but for me, this book failed to delivering. I think that social historians will find little to fault here, but for people like myself who are more interested in sports history, they will feel a little let down.
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So a little difficult to review but I know the book arrived on time and in good condition and was read cover to cover on train journeys.
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