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Dick, Kerr Ladies

Whether you are a football fan or not Preston’s (female) football history is a fascinating mix of determination, defiance, and dedication and Community Rail Lancashire is delighted to have been awarded funding by Avanti West Coast to help bring this often-hidden history to light.

Photograph property and copyright Gail J Newsham

CRL will be working with Lancashire-based author, Michelle Crane, and a cast of professional film makers to bring the story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies (a female football team born out of Preston’s WW1 munitions factories) to a wider audience. A new film, called ‘Granny’ will be made and CRL will work with a group of young people to create a series of postcards about the Dick, Kerr Ladies and their important place in history.

On Friday 12th November at 10.45am, an Act of Remembrance will be held at the Memorial on Preston Railway Station.

We will pause to recall, honour and remember those who left families, friends and their homes to serve in conflict, with a special remembrance for those who left our railway family.

Our service will also remember those who remained to care and work at home, including work from a new project from Community Rail Lancashire commemorating the Dick, Kerr Ladies Football Team.

The Order of Service can be downloaded here Remembrance_Preston2021


The Lizzy Ashcroft Collection (with thanks to Steve Bolton)
Women’s Football History at the National Football Museum, Manchester

Photo courtesy and copyright Steve Bolton

The English National Football Museum committed itself to attempt a 50% representation of women. Given the spatial constraints, lack of pre WW2 memorabilia and a historical emphasis on the men’s game this included things like female voice overs to male exhibits. However, with a grant from the Association of Independent Museums the museum was able to open the Lily Parr Gallery July, 2021. With Steve Bolton, Lizzy Ashcroft’s grandson’s permission a number of items have been loaned from the ‘Lizzy Ashcroft Collection’ to the museum.

To download the full article about the Lizzy Ashcroft Collection click on the link here: Lizzy Ashcroft Collection

If anyone has any information about the Dick Kerr Ladies or even better surviving members or relatives then please get in touch with CRL’s Caroline Holden on