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Quite Unsuitable For Females podcast

The National Football Museum has launched a new podcast dedicated to women’s football.

Working with MIC Media, the museum has snapped up a host of community producers – Rosy Akalawu-Ellman, Meg Wilson, Uma Ghelani and Debola Adebanjo – to surface some of the secrets of the women’s game.

Quite Unsuitable For Females uses the museum’s extensive archive to shine a light on untold stories, tracing over a century of the game’s history up to the modern day. Episodes are released weekly every Friday, and can be accessed via this page. Alternatively, you can find the pod via your preferred podcast provider:

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The five-episode series takes its name from a directive in an FA minute book from 1921, in which it is stated that “the game of football is quite unsuitable for females and ought not to be encouraged”. Women were prohibited from playing at FA-affiliated grounds thereafter, hampering the growth of the game.

The ban is just one of the talking points covered within the podcast. The team will be looking at the game’s early pioneers, international representation, kits through the ages, and parallels with the modern game.

The team will be joined by a host of special guests, including Dr Fiona Skillen, Miss Kick founder Grace Vella, and England and Everton star Toni Duggan.

Be part of the conversation on social media using the hashtag #QuiteUnsuitable.

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