Home or Away: Scottish Womens Football During the First World War

Scottish Womens Football

Thursday 21 March, 2024, 5.30 – 6.30 p.m.

National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1EW

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The first women’s football match played in Scotland under football association rules was held at Hibernian Park in 1881. The Scottish home side took the victory over England, with a final score of 3-0. After this early start, it was the impact of the First World War which saw the women’s game take off in popularity, with games drawing crowds large enough to fill Celtic Park.

In this talk, Fiona Skillen will discuss the proliferation of the women’s game – competitive matches, charity games and those played for fun – during the 1914-18 conflict. She will also explore the public reception of the women’s game, what players wore, who and where they played, and more.

Professor Fiona Skillen is a Professor of History within the Department of Social Science at the Glasgow School for Business and Society. Her research interests concern modern history, in particular aspects of sport, gender, health and changes in popular culture.

This event is part of our Women’s History Month programming.

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