Sexism’s slobbering old head again is part and parcel of football so we wonder what will happen when women footballers can play for the ‘men’s clubsâÂ¦ Â In cricket,Â England’s Sarah Taylor could play for Sussex men’s second XI- it’s the first modern example of men and women playing together in the male dominated sport and could be the first of many- will football follow?
How long it will be before a woman footballer can play for one of the so called men’s clubs.
Surely the top women footballers must be the same level as some of the clubs in the men’s league? Is there any reason why they can’t play for them? if a woman tried to sign for a club would she be stopped? is that strictly legal these days? and in the future will most sport be more mixed?
I know there is the argument about physical strength but watching 18 year old Zoe Smith in the weight lifting the other day I was stunned by the amount of weight she was moving about- very few men in my local gym can get anywhere near that so we can safely assume the physical argument is a bit old hat.
The only hold up at the moment is that the women’s game doesn’t get the media attention and by extension the money to advance as fast as the men’s game- this will and must change. In the 1920’s the women’ game nearly eclipsed the men’s game with the famous Dick Kerr’s club in Preston pulling 53 000 to a game against St. Helens – a record for a womens football match only just beaten by the Team GB v Brazil women’s international game which pulled in 70,58.)
The popularity of the Dick Kerr team led The Football Association to ban women’s football at its member’s grounds from the 5th December 1921. Ostensibly this was due of concerns that women were not physically able to play football, but there was a belief that the popularity of the women’s team made some in the men’s game feel threatened.
We would love to see a top woman footballer testing the law and the resolve of the football authorities by trying to sign for men’s club- surely the top women players could now play for good level men’s teams.
Football can be so backwards sometimes. A couple of year’s ago the old guard, in the form of Andy Gray and Richard Keys- two relics from a different age, soggy faced dinosaurs, were caught off mic spluttering on about the most dreadful thing ever!
A woman linesman!
These two men’s men just couldn’t take it that a human being with a different arrangement of genitalia was infiltrating on what they perceive as one of the last bastions of manhood- being a lines’man’, surely even the word linesman looks a bit stupid now as well.
They wondered if she could understand the offside rule, because such sport laws are only understandable to paunchy middle aged humans with cocks.
It was like a flashback to the seventies and bulldog faced men grunting on about women drivers. But is anyone laughing out there?
In the 21st century it’s bizarre that anyone cannot handle a woman running alongside a football pitch waving a flag and making sure no-one cheats.
What are the old guard going to do when finally one day (that could be now) a woman footballer gets to the level where she can play in the top divisions. I wish this would happen now, surely the best woman players in the country could easily slip into the first team of, let’s say Port Vale or Hereford? and within years, maybe even now have a crack at the top level. Who can stop them? Surely it would be against the law to prevent such a thing happening.
I can’t wait for the moment when some forward thinking club boss breaks the unsaid code and the world of preening, expensive hair messing, designer clothed, gossip bound, jewellery laden, pouting…. male dominated world of football is suddenly pulled screaming into the 21st century.