Wonder Women: Suffragettes of Football Calendar

7 March 2017 - 7 March 2017
1pm - 2pm

“Suffragettes of football” is how Southampton FC manager Lawrie McMenemy described the players and administrators who re-discovered women's football when the FA finally lifted the 50 year ban on females playing at their grounds in 1972.

BBC Sport’s Eilidh Barbour hosts a panel including influential figures in the revival of the once-thriving women’s game in England. Former England captain Carol Thomas (nee McCune) and women’s football campaigner and Women’s Football Committee member Patricia Gregory will discuss the obstacles faced and the sacrifices made to play the game they love. Current players will join the discussion, looking at the legacy of these pioneers and the challenges still faced today.

More England international players are set to join both the panel and the audience, with names TBC.

Additionally there will be the chance for guests to get photos of the Women's Super League Trophy and Continental Cup, thanks to the support of Manchester City Women's Football Club. And our guided tours today and tomorrow will be themed around International Women's Day: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-womens-day-guided-tour-tickets-32440035018?aff=es2

Arranged in conjunction with Women in Football and BBC Sport, this National Football Museum event forms part of Wonder Women. Wonder Women is Manchester's city-wide week of events, led by its cultural institutions, that celebrate the legacy of those that won the fight for votes for women and the activism that continues to underpin feminist issues of our time. See www.creativetourist.com/event/wonder-women for more information.

Limited reserved seating available for schools and education groups  - contact learning@nationalfootballmuseum.com or call 0161 871 8176.

This event is free to attend for museum visitors - seating may be limited depending on demand. Please speak to staff on the day if you require special seating.

The Women's FA Cup, displaying winners from 1979 - 1996. Part of the National Football Museum's collection.

The Women's FA Cup, displaying winners from 1979 - 1996. Part of the National Football Museum's collection.