The Dick, Kerr Ladies are the most successful women’s team in the world. They were formed at the Dick, Kerr & Co ammunition factory in Preston during the First World War.
On Christmas Day 1917, 10,000 spectators came to Preston North End’s ground, to watch them win the first of many famous victories, with £600 raised for soldiers wounded in the war.
In 1920, a French women’s team played Dick, Kerr’s Ladies at four venues. With crowds in the tens of thousands, the first ever international matches between women’s clubs resulted in two wins for the English side, one for the French and one draw. Dick, Kerr’s Ladies were invited over to France for an away tour. Going unbeaten in France, the team returned home to cheering crowds, the equal of any reception for a men’s team.
The team would end up playing 828 games between 1917 and 1965 and raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity in its first few years, a sum equivalent to tens of millions today.