In Conversation with Dr Gary James

In this episode, Verity Smith (Associate Consultant) at Sporting Heritage talks to Dr Gary James, an Honorary Research Fellow at De Montfort University. He has written extensively on football, and his research includes female participation and involvement in the sport.

Gary discusses the challenges and barriers that are still faced by women involved in football, his current work in Trafford as part of the Women’s Euros heritage activity (see pics at bottom of page), and his thoughts on the likely legacy of the 2022 tournament. #WEURO2022

You can find out more about Gary’s heritage work inspired by UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 on his website:

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Female goalkeeper pushes ball away from the net, pennines in background to pitch

Percy Ashley Margaret Whitworth, Manchester Corinthians

A letter from 1953 asking why there are no women’s teams in Sheffield

Newspaper article cutting about the game

A Boxing Day 1916 game in Sheffield

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