Thursday, 14 July 2016

Looking at the Overlooked - Steph Rushton - Stoke Ladies Football Team

Ahead of her part in the upcoming Woman's Work exhibition in September at AirSpace and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Steph Rushton is in residence with us researching gender roles in the Potteries. Steph will be blogging throughout her Residency.

More info on her residency Looking at the Overlooked can be found here.

Steph has started to cull some of her research as it was starting to get too broad in scope. She has started to focus on imagery that reflects both the past and present. Here research has led her to discover the little known Stoke City Ladies of 1922. Winners of the ELFA (English Ladies Football Association) Cup in June of that year at Cobridge Stadium.

A crowd of 2,000 saw them beat Bentley’s Doncaster 3-1, however, the following year saw new legislation from the football association. Women were forced to refrain from playing the sport as it was not deemed ladylike, and the team were disbanded.

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