On January 21, 2023 an event was held in Limerick city to mark the 50th anniversity of Limerick Ladies winning the inaugural Ladies League of Ireland title in 1973. In attendence were the Limerick Ladies soccer team along with other soccer teams in Limerick. This event was sponsored by the British Society of Sport History (BSSH).
In September 1972, the 'Irish Champions' Jeyes went on a four-match tour of France to play against Stade de Reims. This tour was a landmark moment for women’s football in Ireland. 1972, was just one year after UEFA had recognised women's football and ten years before they organised the first official competition for women. The BSSH funded a reunion for the team on 11 August 2022 so that they could share their memories of the tour and ensure that their story is documented. Their story gives us a better understanding of the wider development of women’s football during that period.
The 2022 BSSH Conference has come and gone, thankfully without a hitch. It would be remiss not to begin by thanking Martin Polley, Heather Dichter, Matt Taylor, Neil Carter and a small army of undergraduate, master and PhD students for creating a wonderful conference. We began liaising with the DMU team in late 2021 and I'm still in awe of their attention to detail, consideration and drive for creating the best possible conference. As our near eighty attendees will attest, their efforts paid off and then some.
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2022 Lord Aberdare Literary Prize is Dr Heather Dichter for Bidding for the 1968 Olympic Games: International Sport’s Cold War Battle with NATO (University of Massachusetts Press).
The Lord Aberdare Literary Prize is awarded each year for the best book on any aspect of the history of sport in Britain, or for the best book on any aspect of sports history written by a British author. We're now accepting nominations for titles published in 2021!