These are the fascinating pictures of Britain’s first-ever female football teams, in which suffragettes dressed in bloomers and blouses sparked riots when they clashed on the pitch.
An outcry after Scotland beat England 3-0 in 1881 is even thought to have helped Scottish women get the right to vote for local government, since campaigners were given royal assent a day later.
But the disorder at the match in Glasgow caused such a stir that a Government ban was imposed on women playing football in Scotland.
Many determined women continued to play, however, using pseudonyms to hide their identities and travelling to England to compete.
The remarkable photos were uncovered by artist Stuart Gibbs, 47, while he was compiling an exhibition about the history of the women’s game.
Women’s teams were considered ‘improper’ by their male counterparts and it was not until 1971 that they were allowed to use the Football Association’s training grounds.
by Elizabeth + Arthur Furrowfield