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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.
I have read many books over the years , and i found this book very informative , i loved how the author , made the characters come alive and i could hardly put it down it took me just two days to read , its both factually correct and wrote in simple terms from a preston lass ,who not only lived in the very area , where these wonderful women come from but also spent time with some of them , and so this book is also a personal journey for the author not forgetting she also spent ,so much of her own time and energy on creating what can only be discribed as the quintessential book on these legends of the womens game , i highly recommend it to anybody whos a follower of the womens game ,and also preston folk , like myself and the author ......
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 few too many exclamation marks for my liking in the style, but one is left admiring the players for their skill and gutsiness, and Ms Newsham for her research.
A fabulous read that brings to life the stories of these incredible Northern women. Written with emotion and humour, the book is a meticulous account of the Dick, Kerr Ladies interwoven with important events of the 20th century. Easy to read and with a remarkable collection of photographs and personal recollections this book documents a piece of history which could easily have been lost without the in-depth research carried out to produce this fascinating insight into the lives of these 'lasses'. With the resurgence in recent years of women's football it is an important reminder of fight of these pioneering women for equality, as well as their pure joy in playing 'the beautiful game'.
This book gives meaning to the expression, Labour of Love. It's a magnificent record compiled with skill, enthusiasm, and immense dedication. It's a real piece of social history. The girls who ran out onto the pitch on Christmas Day 1917, and all who followed, must be delighted and justifiably proud that their achievements have been recognised in this way. A real Tour de Force - very well done, Gail.
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 of my time actually playing football, and all my team mates, so on behalf of myself and all the rest of the players that are no longer with us I just want to say a big Thank you for caring so much and for working so hard to get all facts and figures so correct, and for writing it so brilliantly, so once again a BIG THANK YOU.
Purchased it for my niece who studying photography at university and on the practical side is honing her skills on the goal line at local football matches where she photographs the play and transmits the pictures to the local news paper. She has played football and is very interested in the women's side of the game. She is delighted with the book