The Lost Lionesses

As the Women's World Cup gets underway in France this BBC article recalls the England team that contested the 1971 competition in front of a crowd of ninety thousand spectators in The Azteca Stadium in Mexico.

On Boxing Day 1920 fifty three thousand had watched a women's match played at Goodison Park to raise funds for First World War charities. But when the chaps came home from war the women's game was to be banned for nearly fifty years.

Suddenly, after playing in front of "one man and a dog" in local parks, the team of (mainly) teenage girls was running out into a packed stadium in blazing heat to take on Argentina...