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Football Match - Married v Single Ladies

A woman's football match at Portsoy near Banff in July 1948

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The teams come onto the pitch - a rough field close to the village church. They are dressed in long shorts, with one team in a hooped 'strip' and the others in mixed tops. The game is hotly contended by the two teams while the considerable crowd urges them on. There are several throw ins, interestingly taken with one arm, and a number of quite physical challenges. The footage comes to a climax with a penalty.

Questions & Activities


  • Can you tell which side is married ladies and which side is single ladies?
  • Why are the teams split into married and single ladies?
  • Do you think that it would be socially acceptable in 1948 for women to be playing football?
  • How might these women have been viewed at the time?
  • Where is Portsoy and what kind of community is it?


Social Studies: Research what sports seem to be for men and which are for women.

Media Studies: Write a match commentary of the game.

Art Design: Design a football strip for a married woman.

Media Studies: Record and edit a post-match analysis in the style of a TV sports programme, with interviews and commentary.

Physical Education: Take on the role of the manager/coach and give the half time talk to the team.

Art Design: Design a programme for this football match.

Physical Education / History: Research the history of women's football and create a presentation reporting your findings.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-335-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2660
Date 1948
Genre Documentary
School Subject Social Studies, Media Studies, Art and Design, Physical Education, Health and Wellbeing
Who William Davidson (film maker)
Where Portsoy
Event Sporting
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 2:43
Film Length 2:43