Women's Football in Trafford


In the weeks leading up to the Women’s EUROs and the first match at Old Trafford on Wednesday, 6 July 2022, we have explored the history of women’s football in Trafford. The Trafford borough may cover little more than forty square miles, but significant games, teams, and tournaments have taken place across the region, and have played their part in the development of the sport. Here, we’ve highlighted the female players, the teams, the games, and the moments which have formed part of Trafford’s women’s football history.

There are records of women’s football games in the area going back to the late-nineteenth century. In 1921, a game between Dick, Kerr Ladies and Bath Ladies at Old Trafford was watched by over 30,000 visitors, and throughout the twenty-first century significant games were staged at White City, Stretford, Timperley, and other venues across the borough.

Over the last fifty years many prominent teams have been established in the area: such as Sale Hotel, Trafford, and Redstar (to name a few), while Trafford women have played for prominent teams outside of our borough.


This virtual exhibition forms part of a National Heritage Lottery Funded project connected with the Women’s EUROs, and aims to capture not only the voices of women from Trafford who played football, but also those who played for women’s football teams based in Trafford. Trafford Local Studies is uncovering these stories through an oral history programme, virtual and on-site exhibitions, and a contemporary collecting programme.

We are keen to hear the memories of women who have contributed to this rich history of women’s football in the area. We are also keen to locate objects – such as match programmes and other memorabilia – which helps us tell this story.

If you are from Trafford or played for a team based in our borough then please get in touch. Your memories will help to develop our archive and ensure future generations are aware of the experiences of women footballers.


Project contacts: Trafford Local Studies at 0161 912 3013 or contact Gary James, Trafford EUROs Engagement Officer, at gary.james@talktalk.net.