Thanks for popping in. Hearty congratulations to the young English women who won the European Cup last night! What a game! And what a team. And to come up against the Germans, the absolute leaders! It was such a tight game! The teams were so evenly matched – it really could have gone either way. But for the first time since 1966, it was the English women who brought a major competition trophy home.
Did you see it? It was a joy to watch, and at so many levels. Not just because they won, but the professional way they played together, the way they kept going undeterred, regardless. The gracious, nimble way they played, and the way they danced and whooped when the final whistle blew, declaring them the victors. It was very moving.
Did you know that the English FA banned womens’ football right up until 1971? Baffling. And for many years they have been ridiculed and rejected, with much resistance. Oh how sweet this victory! And did you catch how hard it had been for them to find football stadiums to host the tournament, and how many of the big league stadiums had turned them down? (I had wondered why so many of the games were in lesser known club stadiums). Well boys – I hope you were watching.
Even if you don’t like football, you have to hand it to them. Decades of dedicated women have gone before these girls, having courage of their convictions, sticking at it, paving this way. And there have been many men supporting and banging the equality drum for sure. So to finally, after all these years, do what nobody has been able to achieve since 1966 – well that’s got to be worth cheering for.
Here’s a Congratulations card I made on TV on Friday, using one of our new Stencil bursts and our Wordchains, and a wee dancer…
Well Sarah, you can play football at major league level now too – if you want to. You can dance around a football pitch too!
Working class girls, working hard towards a common girl. Truly inspirational.
Love and huge hugs