The FA said that they didn’t think football was an appropriate game for women, and so women could not be affiliated to play football properly. In any country you have to affiliate to the governing body, and they wouldn't let any woman affiliate to the governing body, which meant you couldn’t have registered referees, you couldn’t have pitches upon which affiliated teams played and, basically, you're out there on your own playing friendly games on pretty awful pitches with unregistered referees and not part of the system. So you're not going to learn how to coach, you're not going to get access to all the things that people affiliate to an association for. Which meant we went through this period from, well, it was this lady Jean Seymour, who came down from Manchester Corinthians, we were going to play a game, 11th of December 1966, against Portsmouth, and she said ‘Where are you playing it’? And we said ‘Oh on Sholing’s ground’. She said ‘Sholing are affiliated’, and we didn’t know what the heck she was on about. So again, to cut a long story short, we had to then find another pitch. And then subsequently, all these little teams we’d played for; Cunard, Royal Exchange, Post Office, the better players we decided then to become one club, which was Southampton. The other ground we got was the, the hospital at Netley, so the Royal Victoria Hospital, military hospital let us use that pitch for a couple of times. And, from there on it was a real problem to find pitches. And the final straw came when Ted Bates, the lovely Southampton men’s manager, he allowed us to, we thought, do a pre-match. So before a Southampton men’s match we could go out there - again it’s a good promotion - play a bit of football, maybe shoot some penalties, and then we were told we’re not allowed to do that. And the reason given by the Football League was they're not allowed to do that on a Sunday. Well in fact this was a Saturday. But basically, again we were given the red card, if you like, and told. Then the other person who suffered through all this was a guy called Dave Case who subsequently managed the Cunard team, and they were very good. But he played for Sholing, and he was told that he had to give up managing Cunard, because, because, because.
Because he's associated with a men’s football team and he couldn’t then manage a girls’ team.