An Unsuitable Game for Ladies: A Century of Women’s Football


To mark the England teams participation at the eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup in France there is a small exhibition at The British Library in the Sir John Riblat: Treasures Gallery called ‘An Unsuitable Game for Ladies: A century of Women’s Football’

Only a small area but it shows that women’s football started in London over 120 years ago but has struggled to survive having been at one time banned despite it being popular. Following the FA’s 1921 ban they took it back under their control in 1993 and are now seriously promoting the game at all levels.

The Exhibition is on until the first of September and is free to enter. Well worth a look if you are visiting the library or have some time when in the Euston/St Pancras/Kings Cross area.

The Sir John Ritblat: Treasures Gallery
The British Library
96 Euston Road


On a football theme outside the Library in the square is a statue that was funded by Vernons-Littlewoods-Zetters Pools. It is called ‘Newton’ and is a statue after William Blakes Painting in the Tate Gallery who refer to the picture online as  :Blake was critical of Newton’s reductive, scientific approach and so shows him merely following the rules of his compass, blind to the colourful rocks behind him.

The statue could be interpreted in a football sense (Ala the pools) depicting the mood of many football managers when success is not coming their way.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s