Victorian Football

football up to date 1895

This sketch from the Illustrated Police News, titled 'Football Up to Date', depicts the first match of the British Ladies' Football Club, featuring captain Nettie J Honeyball and goalkeeper Mrs Graham, in March 1895. 'I went out of curiosity, and to see if the dear creatures were up to League form,' wrote the paper's correspondent 'Veteran', 'and I came away with the sad conviction that the proper place for the British Ladies' Football Club to exhibit their skill would be in the playground of a girls' school, and not in public.'

For more on this match, and the British Ladies' Football Club, see Victorian women's football.

As featured in The Victorian Football Miscellany by Paul Brown.

The Victorian Football Miscellany

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