Women Featured On British Football Programme Covers From The 1960s, 70s And 80s

In the 1980s, the most famous female footballer in the UK was Dorothy (Dee Hepburn), aka Gregory’s Girl – and she was a fantasy, playing up front for her school football team in Bill Forsyth’s hit film of 1981. Back then a woman’s place was in the stands, at home or, as so often seemed the way, working as a nurse. That’s not to say woman were invisible. Every so often one would appear on the cover of a football programme. Did a female presence sell more copies? Let’s take a look and wonder:

 

Aberdeen vs St Mirren - 1983 - Cover Page

Aberdeen vs St Mirren – 1983 – Cover Page

Aston Villa vs Oxford United - 1973 - Cover Page

Aston Villa vs Oxford United – 1973 – Cover Page

Aston Villa vs Orient - 1973 - Cover Page We're off to Villa Park as Aston Villa take on Orient in 1973

Aston Villa vs Orient – 1973 – Cover Page
We’re off to Villa Park as Aston Villa take on Orient in 1973

Bristol City vs Everton - 1980 - Cover Page A cheeky wee pony and some Majorettes welcome Everton to Bristol City in 1980

Bristol City vs Everton – 1980 – Cover Page
A cheeky wee pony and some Majorettes welcome Everton to Bristol City in 1980

Chelsea vs Portsmouth - 1983 - Cover Page Join us as Gulf Air and their glamorous reps help Chelsea face Portsmouth in 1983

Chelsea vs Portsmouth – 1983 – Cover Page
Join us as Gulf Air and their glamorous reps help Chelsea face Portsmouth in 1983

Everton vs Derby County - 1976 - Cover Page We're off to Goodison Park as Everton take on Derby County in 1976

Everton vs Derby County – 1976 – Cover Page
We’re off to Goodison Park as Everton take on Derby County in 1976

Football League Review - 1968/69 - Volume 21 - Cover Page

Football League Review – 1968/69 – Volume 21 – Cover Page

Steve Perryman - Shoot! Feature The immortal picture at home with Mr and Mrs Perryman

Steve Perryman – Shoot! Feature
The immortal picture at home with Mr and Mrs Perryman

QPR vs Aston Villa - 1986

QPR vs Aston Villa – 1986

Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur - 1969 - Cover Page We're off to Stoke as Miss Stoke City gets a coronation and Spurs visit town

Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur – 1969 – Cover Page
We’re off to Stoke as Miss Stoke City gets a coronation and Spurs visit town

Sunderland vs Leeds United - Bobby Kerr Testimonial 1976 - Cover Page Bobby Kerr and family welcome you to Roker for his testimonial in 1976

Sunderland vs Leeds United – Bobby Kerr Testimonial 1976 – Cover Page
Bobby Kerr and family welcome you to Roker for his testimonial in 1976

The Glasgow FA Select vs The Football League - Cover Page We're off to Hampden Park as the Football League take on the Glasgow FA

The Glasgow FA Select vs The Football League – Cover Page
We’re off to Hampden Park as the Football League take on the Glasgow FA

Norwich City vs Manchester City - 1987 - Cover Page We're off to Carrow Road as Norwich City take on Manchester City in 1987

Norwich City vs Manchester City – 1987 – Cover Page
We’re off to Carrow Road as Norwich City take on Manchester City in 1987

West Bromwich Albion vs Wigan Athletic – 1984 – Cover Page Gary Robson and friends welcome you to the Hawthorns as West Brom face Wigan in 1984

West Bromwich Albion vs Wigan Athletic – 1984 – Cover Page
Gary Robson and friends welcome you to the Hawthorns as West Brom face Wigan in 1984

Aberdeen vs IA Akranes – 1983

Aberdeen vs IA Akranes – 1983

Birmingham City vs Reading – 1987

Birmingham City vs Reading – 1987

Port Vale vs Bury – 1984

Port Vale vs Bury – 1984