WHAT DOES FOOTBALL MEAN TO YOU?

Continuing our exhibition highlighting some of the women who played football in Trafford, today’s focus is on your views of what football means.

On 6 July 2022 Old Trafford staged the opening game of the Women’s Euros 2022 and as part of the day’s activities we had a stall at the fan zone where local studies staff and volunteers had a number of activities for fans to engage with.

We handed out free copies of a booklet we’ve produced highlighting the history of women’s football in the borough, alongside postcards of prominent teams who played in Trafford. We also had a display of images connected with our clubs and games.

One of our activities asked children to comment on a rather simple question ‘What Does Football Mean To You?’ The responses we received were amazing with many children highlighting the significance to their lives in ways we could never have predicted. These images show some of the comments.

As the day progressed we started to get comments from adults as well as children, but in the main the comments on our sheet came from children.

Please take a moment to look at these comments and think about what football, or sport in general, means to you.

Thanks to everyone who participated on the day.

What Does Football Mean To You

What Does Football Mean To You banner, Trafford Local Studies collection.

What Does Football Mean To You

What Does Football Mean To You banner detail shot, Trafford Local Studies collection.

What Does Football Mean To You

What Does Football Mean To You banner, Trafford Local Studies collection

What Does Football Mean To You

What Does Football Mean To You banner, Trafford Local Studies collection

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 gary.james@talktalk.net

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.

WHAT DOES FOOTBALL MEAN TO YOU?