The Ladies Football Club of Great Britain was a women’s team first formed in Great Britain in 1886. The club had as its founder Lady Florence Dixie,a Scottish aristocrat who had immigrated to Britain,and whose family owned a successful woolen mill. She also founded a charity in her native Scotland,which was dedicated to women and later the British Football Association (then known as the British Football League) was set up. Her team then played in a women’s league for two years before joining the first ever major female international football competition,the European Cup.
Lady Florence Dixie was a hard tasking woman in many ways. The team was made up of ambitious,intelligent and ambitious women with strong opinions and with much to say about the world in which they lived. Although the players were all from different countries,they were united by their common desire to win and to become part of a world championship. The game itself was very popular at the time,and the supporters of the Ladies Football Club took their support to heart when they met up at matches in order to chant ‘Allahu Akbar’.
The other women involved in the formation of the Ladies Football Club included Mary Healey and Joanne Barker,who were both highly skilled players who had helped to establish a women’s team at their university. The Ladies Football Club then began to play against teams from all over Europe. There were several occasions where the women’s team lost or drew,but the team continued to develop and it became obvious that the Ladies Football Club had potential in the world game.
When the women’s football club joined the first ever world cup in 1930,they did so under the name of the British Army. Their team did not have any of the star players of the famous England teams,but the team was still competitive and managed to win a group game against Hungary in order to qualify. However,they were then defeated in their second round game against Germany,although they qualified through a draw against Italy as well as a penalty shoot out against Sweden.
Another woman involved in the formation of the ladies team was Florence Dixie herself. She was a passionate and vocal woman who was very popular among the fans of the team and had become a popular figure within the team. She was also highly influential in deciding which players would be selected for the national team,and she had a direct influence on the team manager as she was the one who signed players,gave instructions to the rest of the squad,and often had final say over which team members would be selected.
The club was a huge success,being able to attract supporters from all walks of life,including the wealthy elite,and it attracted a lot of sponsorship money. This meant that the club enjoyed some good press from the press,as well as a lot of goodwill from many of the leading football writers in the country.
Florence Dixie died soon after qualifying for the 1930 World Cup finals,but she left her mark on the ladies’ club in more ways than just her football abilities. She was a pioneer in many ways,and her death inspired others to step forward and fill the shoes of a woman who was once a leading football figure. After her death,there was a campaign called “Florence Dixie’s Law”,which aimed to give a voice and support to the voiceless woman who made a contribution to the ladies football club. This law was adopted as a tribute to the great Lady.
The Ladies Football Club of Great Britain has played in the finals of all the major tournaments since the 1930s,making it one of the oldest and most famous clubs in Europe. A lot of the credit for this success is due to the efforts of Florence Dixie and the way the club has developed itself over time,with new members joining every year in order to keep up with the ever changing trends in football.