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The Aintree Munition’s Girls teams had made their public debut in early November against a men’s team in Seacombe. The game had been greatly enjoyed but as the Wallasey News stated ‘Neither side could be said to take the game seriously, but the spectators did not expect to see League football.’ You have to wonder whether this was because the men’s team lost…

Regardless the Aintree Ladies had secured their second public game arranged for the 17th November at the Pool Bank Enclosure in Port Sunlight. The charity game was again collecting for the Sportsmen’s Ambulance Fund and the Ladies were to play the New Ferry Bible Class men’s team who had won their last six games.

A large crowd was expected to witness what the Birkenhead Advertised described as ‘…a real tit-bit, as the girls are not ‘duds’ at the game…’ To draw more attention to the game the Port Sunlight and Bromborough Pool Bands would march around the area collection donations and encouraging spectators to follow them to the ground.

The Munition’s Girls team had few changes from the game at Seacombe with only a few extra reserve players. What was quite noticeable was the addition of a trainer, a Mr J Gemmell, who had refereed the game at Seacombe. Gemmell according to the Birkenhead Advertiser was a ‘…well known player, and under his careful tuition they are performing in great style, plying vigorous, bustling football.’

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The Birkenhead Advertiser went on to say the ladies team had beaten eight other ladies teams from their factor, scoring twelve goals in one game. They apparently challenged any ladies team in the country.

Turning out in the same kits at Seacombe (long red belted tunics over knickers and black stockings) the ladies team won the toss. Like at Seacombe the men’s team were to play with their hands tied.

The ladies looked determined to win from the outset with a hard battle being fought in the midfield. However first blood went to the Bible Class as H Jones scored.

But with in a matter of minutes the Ladies had take the lead with Miss Frederickson equalising and F McAllister putting the ball into the back of the net to make the score 2-1 to the Ladies.

After dusting themselves down the Bible Class team began several strong attacks which resulted in a goal. J Parry equalised for the men after some clever passing the Birkenhead Advertiser stated. No sooner had Parry scored the equaliser he scored again to put the Bible Class head 3-2.

The second half got under way and appeared to be just as hard fought as the first half. Miss Frederick scored her second of the day equalising for the Ladies and was soon followed by McAllister to put the ladies ahead. But Bible Class captain Nall equalised as the ladies lost their lead again.

The game continued to be tit for tat as the Ladies and Bible Class scoring one after another until the final whistle was blown with the score at 6-6.

The game raised ₤60 for the Sportsmen Ambulance Fund.

The Ladies next game would be played at the Birkenhead North End ground but instead of men they would play women.

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