Day: August 1, 2012

A Defining Evening For Womens Football In Britain?

In front of a crowd of over 70,000 people at Wembley last night, women’s football in Britain was given the perhaps the biggest boost that it could have been given. There has been considerable huffing and puffing on the subject of teams representing the constituent parts of Britain being represented at this summers football tournament, along with familiar cries that football – in spite of a long history that is usually overlooked when making such bold statements – is somehow “not an Olympic sport”, but such considerations were put on the back burner yesterday evening as the British womens team both beat and outplayed a Brazilian team that many prior to the tournament would have considered to be amongst its favourites to win the gold medal in a couple of weeks time. The goal came early on in the match. Inside two minutes, left-back Steph Houghton rounded the Brazilian goalkeeper Andreia and placed the ball tidily into the open goal from from a narrow angle. We might have expected a ninety minute long war of attrition to follow as Britain sought to repel a Brazilian attack still featuring the godmother of womens football in that country, the sensational and legendary Marta, to throw everything at them in pursuit of an equalising goal, but the British defence was composed and well marshalled, whilst on the break the home side looked...

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Match Of The Past: Birmingham City

We continue our series of historical videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship this morning with Birmingham City, and six matches from the years between 1975 and 2007. Our first match is a trip to Hillsborough for an FA Cup semi-final against Fulham in 1975, and our second match is from the following year, a trip to Filbert Street to play Leicester City in a league match from December 1976 which features a devastating performance from Kenny Burns. Much of the 1980s would be one to forget for supporters of the club, culminating in relegation into the third tier of the game in 1989, and our third match comes from their spell in the Third Division, but it isn’t from the league – it’s their 1991 Leyland Daf Cup Final match against Grimsby Town at Wembley. We finish off with two matches from the more modern era. The club won its way into the Premier League for the first time in 2002, and our fourth and fifth matches are ones that will live long in the memory of supporters of the club, a fiery first two Premier League local derbies against Aston Villa from the 2002/03 season. And completing our brief and far from exhaustive recent history of this club is a Third Round replay in the FA Cup from January 2007, which saw Birmingham travel to...

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