Football Focus, BBC TV’s Saturday lunchtime football show which has been running since 1974, has for the first time commemorated LGBT History Month by telling the story of Lily Parr, one of the pioneer’s of the women’s game.
During and in the aftermath of the First World War, when so many young men were fighting, injured or killed, women’s football was hugely popular. In 1920, one match in which Parr competed at Goodison Park, home of Everton FC, attracted 53,000 spectators. Crowd capacity today at Goodison is 39,000.
Despite it’s popularity, the women’s game was banned by the FA in 1921, being deemed “unsuitable” for the fairer sex, although Parr – who lived openly as a lesbian and scored an incredible 1,000 goals in her career – continued to tour Europe and North America with her team, Dick Kerr Ladies.
Find our more about the amazing Lily Parr and the women’s game in this brilliant Football Focus report.