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Museum kicks off women's football
The Dick Kerr Ladies - photo courtesy of William Parr
Football was banned by the FA for women in 1921
The National Football Museum is marking the start of the UEFA Women's Championship with a new exhibition.

The exhibition at the Preston museum, called Girls Allowed, mixes film footage and artefacts documenting the sport from 1895 to the modern day.

The opening game of the tournament takes place on Sunday at the City of Manchester stadium, and already 21,000 tickets have been sold for the event.

The rest of the games take place in the North West of England.

The exhibition, which is supported by UEFA, runs until 4 September.

Women's football is not a modern sport
June Gregson

It is being opened by former players of the Dick Kerr Ladies, a women's team formed in the 1920s by workers at a Preston factory run by W.B. Dick and John Kerr.

Their success led to the Football Association (FA) banning women's football in 1921.

The FA said at the time the main reason for the ban was that "complaints have been made as to football being played by women".

The ban was not rescinded until 1970.

Former Dick Kerr Ladies goalkeeper, June Gregson, said she was "delighted" about the exhibition.

"It will help today's supporters realise that women's football is not a modern sport," she added.

"People need to know and understand this history. Especially how we overcame the FA ban."

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