I want to share with you how I have been promoting the Dick, Kerr Ladies over the years and some of the feedback I have received.

My plans to take the Dick, Kerr Ladies to a wider audience are coming to fruition as I receive more and more requests to tell their incredible story. Here are some examples of book reviews, radio and television appearances and testimonials.


Gail Newsham has uncovered the spirit and rare soccer talent which made the Dick, Kerr Ladies the best in the world. Preston Citizen 1994

A story of unparalleled sporting achievement, a struggle against prejudice and financial skulduggery and is a story that, until now, had never been told. Evening Gazette 1994

"Can I tell Gail Newsham through your newspaper how I have thoroughly enjoyed reading her book. The late Florrie Redford was my aunt and how proud she would have been to know that the team would in some small way be part of the history of Preston". Mrs J Shaw, Lancs Evening Post 1994

I recently read your very excellent book. I own around 700 football books and I feel your book is one of the best I have ever read! Brian Ellis BSc, Bedfordshire County Councillor 1995

The Dick, Kerr Ladies were a truly remarkable group of women and they are now given the exposure they so rightly deserve in this poignant book, excellently written by Gail Newsham with an obvious passion for the game. Diva Magazine 1997

The book successfully achieves two things, firstly it documents dates, fixtures, players and scores, putting the women's game on record and secondly it tells a real story about real people who have sadly now passed away or are approaching old age. It is a very fascinating account, easy to read and worth buying. On the Ball magazine 1997

This book is brimming with candidates for a true soccer Hall of Fame. Jane Hoffen, MOTD magazine 1997

"Your book is an excellent read Gail, and you should be very proud of your efforts. I felt amazed at the amount of history you have committed to paper, and I felt happy to have been involved in a small way in what happened afterwards. Then it occurred to me that if you had not written your book, it would have been very unlikely that anyone else in the future would have had access, or been so near to the facts, and much of what you have written would have been lost forever." Martin Reagan, National Team Manager, England Women 1998.

"Congratulations Gail for all you continue to do to champion the memory of these wonderful women's football pioneers. Their story is so inspirational and should never be forgotten. I am so very pleased that we at The FA were so heavily involved in the Centenary Year. The opportunity to join with you, some of the players, their families and the many women's football supporters in celebrating the many great achievements of these national treasures has been a joy for all involved." Baroness Sue Campbell, FA Director of Women's Football. 2018


Emmanuel College, Cambridge University 1998  -   Burnley Women's Refuge  2001

National Football Museum 2003: "Your talk was absolutely outstanding, hugely entertaining, highly informative and very moving."  K Moore, Museum Director

Lowry Conference Centre - 2003 NHS Conference

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) 2004: "Thank you for your splendid contribution to our conference.  The evaluation has been very high with particular reference to the calibre of the speakers."  M Rae - A Hitchen

University of Manchester - UMIST 2004

National Football Museum/Fulwood Methodist Church 2005:  "Everyone I have spoken to was expressing praise for your passion, humour and talent as a speaker." M Rae OBE FRCN

UCLan: 2005 1st Women's Football Conference 

UCLan: Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema: 2008 "Gail's presentation was informative, entertaining and comprehensive and delivered to a very high standard of professionalism."

The Women's Institute - Lancashire Federations. "Gail's enthusiasm was so obvious throughout her presentation that everyone felt as if they had met the players!" 2009  "Very interesting and moving. One of the best talks we have had in ages!" 2010 -2012

"You made it real and brought them to life again and potentially there are a number of us that will encourage our children and grandchildren to read about them. They are inspirational and so are you for ensuring that they will never be forgotten." 2018

"I have been a member at Ansdell & Fairhaven WI for about four years now, and we've had many really good presentations, but I can honestly say that I've never heard the applause go on for so long as last night. Such an inspirational story." 2018


First Sex Documentary, Channel 4, 1994  -    Up Front, Granada TV 1997

Woman's Hour - BBC Radio 4, 1997       -    Hairnets to Goalnets - BBC Radio 4

Gloria Huniford's Open House - Channel 5:  "Gloria was delighted that you agreed to join her on the show and sends a personal thank you.  Thank you for your sterling contribution to our programme and giving 'Open House' the benefit of your experience and professionalism". 

Nation on Film - BBC 2  2007       -            ABC Radio National, Australia: 2009

The One Show - BBC 1 2011 presented by Gabby Logan. "The interview you gave was lovely. We could not have made the film without all your knowledge and support". Kate Thomas, Producer/Director

Sport and the British presented by Clare Balding - BBC Radio 4 2012

NHK Cosmomedia TV - Japan 2014

NRK TV Norway - 2014

Granada TV WW1 Homefront - 2014

BBC Radio Lancashire WW1 - 2014

Antiques Road Trip BBC1 presented by Christina Trevanion - 2015

Suffragettes Forever BBC 2 presented by Amanda Vickery - 2015

Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen  History Channel 2017

Avon Sponsor Liverpool Ladies - Guest Speaker at Anfield Big Reveal 2017


The One Show BBC 1 - 2017

When Football Banned Women presented by Clare Balding Channel 4 - 2017

Wbur Radio Boston USA - Only a Game 2018


BBC Breakfast - 2018 with Jayne McCubbin

Back in Time for School BBC2 - 2019

Great British Railway Journeys BBC2 - 2019 with Michael Portillo

UFF TV - 2019 Mini Documentary - No Easy Game - Women in Football


I am also frequently interviewed on local radio and television as an expert on the history of women's football.  For further details contact:  mail@dickkerrladies.com