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Scotland v England - Ladies Football Match (1918)
|Miscellaneous | World War One|
DetailsA charity ladies' football match was held at Celtic Park in 1918, and was billed as a Scotland v England match, which could always be guaranteed to pull in the crowds, whatever the circumstances.
This match was played during wartime (the war ended in Nov 1918), and as professional league football in Scotland was suspended from 1916, any big time football games were of keen interest. This seemed like a good marketing & morale boosting opportunity for the ladies game.
The match, played on 2nd March 1918, was actually between the works teams of Vickers-Maxim at Barrow-in-Furness and Beardmore's at Parkhead, or more formally: "Beardmore's Munition Girls v Vickers' Munition Girls".
The Vickers team won 4-0 with goals from Dickinson (2), Bradley and an own goal!
The curious aspect to this game was the entertainment for this game which included both a plane from the local Dalmuir Works to visit the ground and an exhibition by a Mr Handford of his skill as a "donkey expert"! Changed times indeed.
Both William Beardmore & Co and Vickers were major contributors to the war effort. Sir William Beardmore was committed to the production of weapons and munitions, often making investments without government guarantees.
As well as the main works at Parkhead and Dalmuir, several other factories were taken over to produce a range of war materials, including artillery, shells, warships, aeroplanes and airships. There was a labour shortage, which led to the employment of many thousands of women, particularly in munitions works. The near location of Celtic Park to the munitions bases is likely the reason for the choice of playing the game there.
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