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Lady Footballers

Women munitions workers from the Kynoch and Vickers Maxim factories take to the pitch in Southend during WWI.

Sport 1918


Some contrasting kits and nifty footwork are on display in this short newsreel. The Topical Budget footage contains various shots - not necessarily in the right order - of a football match in Southend between the ladies' football teams of Kynoch Ltd, an explosives manufacturer based in Shell Haven Creek, Essex, and munitions manufacturer Vickers Sons & Maxim, who had factories in Crayford and Erith. The Mayor of Southend is on hand to kick off proceedings.