Stars come out for legendary lasses

Author Gail Newsham
Author Gail Newsham
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Preston’s world famous Dick, Kerr Ladies football team will be honoured on Friday when a galaxy of stars from the women’s game gather in Bamber Bridge.

The trailblazing team, founded during World War One to raise cash for wounded soldiers, has been immortalised in a book called “In A League Of Their Own” which was first published in 1994.

Now, 20 years on, author Gail Newsham will re-launch an updated version of the book at Bamber Bridge FC, attended by international players past and present.

Gail has unearthed a stack of new information and records set by the trailblazing lasses from Lancashire.

Formed at a munitions factory in Strand Road in 1917 the Dick, Kerr Ladies played their first match on Christmas Day at Deepdale in front of 10,000 spectators. A record breaking crowd on Boxing Day 1920 at Goodison Park saw 53,000 pack into the stadium with between 10-14,000 unable to get in.

Family members of some of the original stars and former players of the legendary team are among the invited guests attending a nostalgic evening. Other VIP guests will include Barbara Herbert, the daughter of Sir Tom Finney, Sylvia Gore, scorer of the first goal in the first recognised England international in 1972 and Sheila Parker, the first England captain.

Gill Coulthard, England legend with 119 caps to her credit will also be there along with Clare Taylor, Rachel Brown-Finnis and current England star Natasha Dowie. A host of other players from across the region will also be attending, some travelling from as far afield as Spain.