This page gives you a short history of the team.

Imagine England beating France on French soil by 2-0 and the victorious players being carried shoulder high off the pitch by their adoring fans.  Imagine a team having an incredible run of over 300 games without defeat.  Imagine them playing in front of 53,000 spectators at Goodison Park, Everton.  Imagine having a player who was probably second only to the legendary Brazilian footballer Pele in the goal scoring tables.  And just imagine Sir Matt Busby commenting that one of the players was the best he had ever seen and if he could he would have signed them immediately for Manchester United!  None of this is make believe .... It's all true!

Formed in 1917 at Dick, Kerr & Co Ltd, a munition works in Preston, Lancashire, these very ordinary factory girls were to take the country by storm. They took on Coulthards Foundry in their first match at Preston North Ends Deepdale ground on Christmas Day. A crowd of 10,000 came 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 as their incredible success began.

By 1921 the team's popularity was at its height, they were the team that everyone wanted to see and they had been booked to play an average of two games a week all over the British Isles.  They played over 60 games of football that year while still working full time at the factory, and were watched by almost 900,000 people throughout the country. But storm clouds were gathering and by the end of the year, women's football would be seen in a very different light. The FA claimed to have received complaints about women playing football and there were those within our national game who felt increasingly threatened by the large number of spectators they were attracting.  Some were also suggesting that football was a dangerous game for females and that it could seriously affect their fertility. With all this pressure bubbling under the surface, on 5 December 1921 the FA dealt a lethal blow and banned the girls from using league grounds, effectively changing the course of women's football forever. But in spite of the prejudice of the Football Association, the Dick, Kerr Ladies went on to play over 800 games of football in this country and abroad and raised over £180,000 for charity, but that figure today would be worth in excess of £10 million!

The fighting spirit of the Dick, Kerr Ladies could not be broken and they continued to play football against all the odds. Their tenacity and unbreakable resolve saw them cross the Atlantic in 1922 to play a series of matches in the USA. They continued playing throughout the 1920s-1930s, and claimed to be World Champions due to their impressive playing record.  In 1937 they were challenged to this title by Edinburgh Ladies, the champions of Scotland. Amid a frenzy of press publicity the Championship of the World match took place in September of 1937 and the Dick, Kerr Ladies lived up to their claims, winning the match by 5-1.

Put on hold during World War 2, the team was reformed as soon as the hostilities were over. Training resumed and the first post war fixture took place at Glossop on Good Friday 1946.  In the mid 1950s, their long serving manager, Alfred Frankland became ill and most of the secretarial duties were taken over by Kath Latham.  Alfred Frankland died in 1957 and Kath soon took over the role and became the manager of Dick, Kerr Ladies. They played on until 1965 but were sadly forced to disband due to a lack of players. In 1966 England won the World Cup and football mania swept the country and there was no shortage of girls wanting to take up the game. But it was just too late for the Dick, Kerr Ladies. The Women's Football Association was formed in 1969 and the FA eventually recognised women's football in 1971, fifty years after they had banned it. The WFA was granted County status and administered all its own affairs until 1993 when it was disbanded as the FA took over the future development of the women's game. 

The Dick, Kerr Ladies were reunited for the first time at The Lancashire Trophy in 1992 with players not having met up in almost 40 years.  Once again the famous name of this pioneering club began to capture the imagination of the public and the years that followed would see them finally receive some of the recognition that was long overdue for them.

An immense debt of gratitude is owed to all those wonderful women who fought so courageously against all adversity, to play the game of football for its own sake.