Hello, my name is Gail Newsham. Welcome to my website where you will find the most accurate and factually correct information about this incredible women's football team. I am the original and official biographer of the Dick, Kerr Ladies and have the unique honour of being endorsed by the Ladies themselves. My book, 'In a League of Their Own!' was first published in 1994. I hope you enjoy your stay and that you will respect my ownership of this work and my moral rights regarding Intellectual Property and my rights to paternity. No parts to be reproduced without prior and written consent.

In the history of women's football without doubt, The Dick, Kerr Ladies are the most successful team in the world. They were formed at a munitions factory in Preston during the First World War to raise funds for wounded soldiers from the Western Front who were being treated at the towns military hospital. The firm of Dick, Kerr & Co Ltd was named after its two Scottish founders, William Bruce Dick and John Kerr who set up the company around 1900 to manufacture trams and electrical equipment, but in 1915 the factory was converted to the production of ammunition as part of the War effort.

            

The 1914-18 war was said to be the war to end all wars. No other conflict in history had seen such huge loss of life or limb, and this was mainly due to the introduction of modern warfare. But as Lord Kitchener's image reminded men, 'YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU', the country also needed women too, they were the nation's 'hidden army' and they quickly volunteered to play their part in helping the country at such a terrible time in its history. Women were no strangers to working in factories, but during the War the amount of manual labour undertaken by them was greatly increased as more and more were needed to help keep the war machine alive.

Women were drafted into towns in large numbers and those working in munitions became known as 'Munitionettes'. They were exposed to dirty and dangerous conditions involving the use of toxic chemicals and heavy machinery and they had to work extremely long hours. The Government appointed female welfare supervisors and sent them into the factories to oversee the moral and physical well-being of the girls and they also encouraged the development of sporting activities.  Among the many activities arranged for them was football, and football became the official sport of the munitions girls.  Almost every factory across the United Kingdom involved in war work, had a ladies football team and teams were recorded from one end of the country to the other. But it was in Preston, Lancashire where the most successful team in the history of women's football was born. Formed at Dick, Kerr & Co Ltd, these very ordinary factory girls quite literally took the country by storm.

On Christmas Day 1917, 10,000 spectators came to Deepdale, the home of Preston North End, to witness the start of the most phenomenal success story in the history of women's sport. Dick, Kerr Ladies notched up the first of many famous victories and £600 was raised for the wounded soldiers. That sum in 2017 would be worth almost £50,000!  They went from strength to strength and achieved more than they could have ever dared to dream of.  You can read all about them in my book, 'In a League of Their Own!' which has been revised and updated for a special centenary edition documenting all the wonderful celebrations and 'world firsts' that occurred in tribute to them in 2017. The book is available on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/League-Their-Own-Ladies-1917-1965/dp/1782225633/

https://www.amazon.com/League-Their-Own-Ladies-1917-1965/dp/1782225633/