Dick Kerr's Ladies

Dick, Kerr & Company was a World War One munitions manufacturer based in Preston. The women who worked for the firm formed a works football team in 1917. After beating local men's sides the team toured post-war France playing 4 international matches there. During the same year they played against St. Helens' women's football team,  at Everton's ground, Goodison Park, in front of a crowd of 53,000 people!. Dick Kerr's Ladies enjoyed such success that, in 1921, The English Football Association (The F.A.) jealously banned the team, and women's football in general. The ban remained in place until 1971!  Dick Kerr's Ladies played on, using grounds and amenities not owned by The F.A., even touring USA in 1922, winning 3 matches out of 7 against professional men! 

By 1926 the team had changed name, morphing into "Preston Ladies".  In 1965 it folded. 
There has since been born a new Preston WFC (now Fylde WFC).