Continuing our exhibition highlighting some of the women who played football in Trafford, today’s focus is on Manchester Corinthians player Gail Robertson.

Gail Robertson played football in the streets of Glasgow before moving to the Manchester area. A family friend spotted her playing one day and suggested she should join the Manchester Corinthians. She participated in the annual Stretford Pageant game in 1971 and played for the Corinthians for several years.

Through a Corinthians connection Gail joined the highly successful Macclesfield team. While there she found success in the regional league and cup structure of the period.  She also played for works teams within the Trafford borough.

She continued to play into the 1990s and, in 2022, has recently taken up Walking Football as a result of participating in this project.

You can watch a brief interview, captured as part of our project, with Gail here:


We are keen to hear about those who have contributed to this rich history of women’s football in the area. 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.

In addition, we are keen to locate objects, match programmes and memorabilia associated with women’s football, so if you have an item that you feel may help please get in touch.

If you would like to help Trafford Council to tell this story, please contact Trafford Local Studies on 0161 912 3013 or contact Gary James, Trafford EUROs Engagement Officer at

This project is part of a National Lottery heritage programme which seeks to bring this history into the light through a number of physical and virtual exhibitions, and to create a documentary record of the game at this moment, through oral history interviews with local players and fans and a contemporary collecting programme.