Saturday Selection: FIFA Women's World Cup

To coincide with the FIFA Women’s World Cup, we’ve picked out Montague Shearman’s 1887 ‘Athletics and Football’, an entry in the 28-volume ‘Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes’.
The 1880s and 1890s were a formative period for football in Manchester, with local clubs forming around churches, pubs and railway depots, and joining rival football leagues whose teams rarely played against one another. In 1887, Gorton A.F.C. (later Manchester City) would relocate to their first long-term home on Hyde Road. In 1892, Newton Heath (later Manchester United) would join the precursor to the modern English Football League.
In 1863, football governing bodies had introduced rules to prohibit violence on the pitch, making it more socially acceptable for women to play. In 1894, the British Ladies' Football Club was founded by Nettie Honeyball, becoming Europe’s most well-documented women’s team.

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