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In a League of Their Own! the Dick, Kerr Ladies 1917-1965 [Paperback]

Gail J. Newsham
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7 Mar 2014
Football's best kept secret. Revised and updated: New world records revealed The Dick, Kerr Ladies were a bunch of ordinary factory girls from Preston who set the football world alight during the First World War while raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity. They became household names and went on to become the most successful women's team ever, setting records that will probably never be equalled. In a League of Their Own! is a true story of Triumph, Glory and Betrayal. It charts the team's journey through the years, profiles the great pioneers of the game, reveals the prejudice and injustice they encountered and uncovers how others sought to exploit them. Not merely a book for sports lovers, but a unique history that will touch and inspire everyone to carry on against all the odds. Women's football has taken a back seat for far too long. In a League of Their Own! is an extraordinary account of an amazing group of women who blazed a trail in football almost 100 years ago. Their record is second to none and makes you question exactly what could have been achieved but for the injustice of an FA ban in 1921. Gail Newsham has saved a huge amount of women's football history from being lost forever. The Dick, Kerr Ladies have left a remarkable legacy. I have been moved and inspired by their story. I am sure you will be too. Sylvia Gore M.B.E. ex England international. In a League of Their Own! - Should be compulsory reading in every school throughout the world. It shows the tenacity of the Dick, Kerr Ladies at a time when women were regarded as second class citizens. Their story is a compelling piece of world sports history and should never be forgotten. Gail Newsham provides us with a crucial part of women's football and social history showing how the Dick, Kerr Ladies persevered against all the odds. Sheila Ferguson - singer, actor, author.


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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon Publishing (7 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782221832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782221838
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that begged to be told! 25 April 2014
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I absolutely loved Gail's first offering and this second book - with the new images and updated dialogue - is absolutely fabulous.
As a Preston lad born, bred and buttered I was told of the Dick, Kerr Ladies but until Gail Newsham took on the Herculean task of collating artifacts and stories from the world over, no one really knew the rich tapestry of tales to be told about the most successful women's football team ever. To compile such the heritage as she has and publish for all to see is a credit to this Preston lass and the new book does credit to her and, just as importantly, those wonderful Dick, Kerr Ladies.
I would encourage anyone with an interest in football; anyone with an interest in women's football; anyone with an interest in minority sports; anyone with an interest in class struggles; anyone with an interest in a battle for equality and recognition and actually... anyone who enjoys a darn good read to order this latest book and share the story of a phenomenal group of women who took on the hierarchy, the footballing authorities, all-comers and won!
As a proud Prestonian I await someone from film or TV spotting this northern heart-warming tale and telling the rest of the world what a wonderful gang of footballing pals these were and a huge thank you to Gail Newsham for bringing us this latest book and keeping the Ladies' memory alive for future generations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic book 25 April 2014
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This book is brilliant! it's much more than a story about football. It's an amazing story of a bunch of gutsy women who raised an incredible amount of money for charity. It's an important piece of women's social history and Prestons history. The women were fantastic and I loved getting to know them all, especially the players from the early years like Alice Kell, Lily Parr, Jessie Walmsley, Alice Mills and Joan Whalley. Gail has done so much work piecing this story together and she is to be congratulated. The women leap off the page and it's obvious that Gail knows and loves them all. It's a book that everyone will love whether you're interested in football or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and compelling! 10 Aug 2014
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Absolutely brilliant book about the history of women's football at the Dick Kerr's Ladies team that gave so much to the game and to charity. This is a story that simply must be read, not only by those interested in the women's game but all those with any interest in football. The Dick, Kerr's Ladies team were famous in their day, which lasted just short of half a century and were watched by thousands - so much so that the FA banned women's football from being played at the grounds of the league teams as their attendances were more than the men were getting in the top tier of football! Too many people are not aware of this history and are missing out enormously. In this book the author gets to know the history from the surviving team members and old cuttings, photo's etc that were shared with her and it is a most complete and compelling account that brings you close to the players and those in involved over the years. The reunion and their pace in the football hall of fame in Preston is no more than they deserved and an amazing story. Not to be missed.
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Born in Preston in the 1940's I heard about two great football teams virtually from the cradle. They were Preston North End, (of whom Sir Tom Finney was their greatest ever player) and Dick, Kerr Ladies. When I heard that a book recounting the story of Dick, Kerrs had been published, I could not wait to obtain a copy. I was not disappointed. What a superb book, recounting the story of the team from its formation during World War 1, its triumphs trials and tribulations (including discrimination by the FA against women's football) and its demise in the 1960's Gail Newsham's passion, humour and dedication to womens football shines through every page. I heartily recommend lovers of football and indeed any sport to obtain and read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gail's in a league of her own!! 4 May 2014
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An excellent read.
Emotive, informative, surprising, awe inspiring. This book describes the determination & unique achievement won by a group of Northern lasses. Their love of football played at the highest level to capacity crowds, won the hearts & admiration of all those present.
This unique piece of our footballing history has waited long enough to be told, and in her book, Gail has given us an accurate account surrounding the lives & passion of these wonderful lady footballers.
A truly amazing book, thank you Gail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Football's Best Kept Secret ! 26 May 2014
By David
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Author Gail Newsham's truly remarkable up-dated book " In a League of Their Own " .... The Dick Kerr Ladies 1917-1965 , is a " must read " for all followers of the " beautiful game " .
As Supporters of Women's Football for over 30 years , we all owe so much to these pioneers of the Women's Game , who gave so much of themselves , particulary after the Football Association Ban of 1921 , which stopped the Ladies from playing on any F.A. Ground , which virtually included every football stadium in England , both at League and Non League level .

Thankfully Gail has captured the full exciting story of the Dick Kerr Ladies in her brilliant book , packed throughout with wonderful pictures , statistics and many personal memories from the past players themselves ...... quite literally , a breath taking read !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars They really were IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN !.
Thanks Gail for writing such a wonderful book, I think you did D. K. Ladies F.C proud, once I started to read this book I could not put it down, it brought back such good memories... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Ms. J. M. Gregson
4.0 out of 5 stars Footy Femme Fatales
Very thorough and always interesting. Some questions are raised which aren't followed through, especially the ways the ladies were taken advantage of financially, and there are a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Grimbaldeston
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Absolutely loved this book, what a great read! For anyone that loves football, male or female, this book is a must read! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wendy murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Such courage and determination is a joy to read
An outstanding book which offers an intriguing account of the famous DKL and the tremendous impact they made on Women's football. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roy Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Gail's in a league of her own!
You did it again Gail! Brilliant read as always. I read the first book which I really enjoyed, so couldn't wait to read this one and it certainly didn't disappoint! Read more
Published 3 months ago by marilyn downham
5.0 out of 5 stars It certainly is in a league of it's own- FAB!!
Brilliantly written; a personal account of a quite remarkable woman's football team whom otherwise would be forgotten. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Saskia Bowes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I read the first book of Gail's which i really enjoyed. This one i could not put down. Just excellent. X
Published 4 months ago by MRS EDWINA E ACKLAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Football history of some outstanding ladies.
This is an excellent book well researched and well written, it is a part of history that you will be amazed to read, these ladies were at the forefront of ladies football and lead... Read more
Published 4 months ago by kay whiteley
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