“The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It is nothing of the kind. The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish."
Danny Blanchflower – N.Ireland & Spurs legend whose mother kicked a ball before he was born!
A century ago, Belfast women stepped onto a pitch in society-shocking shorts and football boots, a ball at their feet and a point to prove. Playing the first ever women’s international match to 16,000 Belfast fans these trailblazing “goalden” girls kept kicking their way through the outraged defense of the male-dominated game, until the red card finally came in the form of the FA’s ban on women’s football in 1921.
Oscar Wilde once said “football is all very well as a game for rough girls, but it’s hardly suitable for delicate boys”.
This is the tale of those “Rough Girls”
Tara Lynne O’Neill is a writer/performer based in Belfast. Her play “Rough Girls” is currently in development, with a documentary and book to follow.
Sunday 24 April 3pm
Black Box, Green Room