Karren Brady

Women playing football? We bloody love it and what the joyous Lionesses have achieved – The Sun

THEY do say that if you need a job achieved properly ask a lady to do it.

And I, for one, am totally unsurprised to see that the superb Lionesses have made it via to the World Cup semi-finals.


I, for one, am solely unsurprised to see that the superb Lionesses have made it by means of to the World Cup semi-finalsCredit: AP:Associated Press

I’ve been as gripped as the rest of the nation by their sensible, joyful, fabulous playing of the lovely recreation over the previous couple of weeks.

Actually it feels a bit like everybody’s talking about the World Cup — without even bothering to mention typically that it’s the ladies’s World Cup. Imagine that!

Why the sudden curiosity in ladies’s soccer? I’ve heard multiple individual ask.

Properly, it doesn’t take a genius to identify the trigger and effect — put ladies’s soccer on to BBC TV and individuals won’t only watch it, they’ll bloody love watching it, and realise the degree of talent possessed by the likes of Ellen White, Lucy Bronze and the remainder of the staff.

    England legend David Beckham and daughter Harper are big fans of the Lionesses


England legend David Beckham and daughter Harper are massive fans of the LionessesCredit: Getty Photographs – Getty

It strikes me that publicity and entry is the solely purpose that we as a nation have cared a lot much less about ladies’s soccer than men’s in recent times. In truth, I know this to be true. You understand how?

Perhaps you already know this too however simply to recap, this isn’t the first time that our nation has fallen in love with ladies’s football.

Forged your minds back 100 years or so to World Warfare One when any man match enough to play football had been sent to struggle on the entrance line.

Back at residence, it turned out that ladies have been utterly in a position to take action rather more than keep at house taking care of youngsters.


In truth they have been capable of not only take on the men’s jobs — additionally they took their locations on the football subject. And other people liked watching them.

Women’s soccer was absolutely big throughout World Warfare One, drawing crowds of as much as 53,000 even after the struggle had ended.

These pioneering ladies managed to realize phenomenal success and recognition, and they did it at a time when such a factor would have appeared nigh on unimaginable. They defied society, challenged convention, cocked a snook at custom and expectation — and modified the mindset of a nation by taking ladies’s soccer to unprecedented  heights, all inside a few years.

They usually did it because the men have been away preventing — and in order that they have been allowed to.

    Karina Saevik of Norway Is challenged by Lioness Lucy Bronze of England during the Women's World Cup Quarter Final


Karina Saevik of Norway Is challenged by Lioness Lucy Bronze of England during the Women’s World Cup Quarter FinalCredit: Getty Photographs – Getty

And then ladies’s soccer right here disappeared utterly.


The men got here back from the frontline — and they needed their jobs and their football again.

And the ladies? They have been expected to return to the home realm. And, identical to that, it turned out  ladies have been not thought-about suitable to be footballers.

Apparently, the sport was condemned as “inappropriate for their bodies”. And so began a campaign towards ladies’s soccer, the sport that had been appreciated by the nation. That culminated on 5 December 1921, when the FA referred to as on golf equipment belonging to the association “to refuse the use of their grounds for [women’s] matches”.

It will be straightforward to conclude that they have been terrified of the competitors.

With ladies safely out of the approach men might take their rightful place again on the pitch. Extremely, it was not until after England’s World Cup win in 1966 that ladies’s soccer began to be revived.

    A women's match watched by a large crowd during WWI


A ladies’s match watched by a large crowd during WWICredit: Information Dog Media

In 1969 the Women’s Soccer Association was shaped, and in 1971 — a full half-century after the ban — the FA allowed its members to host ladies’s games once more.

Nonetheless, although, till now the consideration paid to ladies’s soccer has been pretty desultory.

However that’s modified, because of the Lionesses and to the exposure that ladies’s soccer has rightfully  been given. And now finally, after 53 years, soccer could also be coming residence.

England’s Lionesses are two video games away from profitable the World Cup, having proven talent, willpower and arduous work in the event.

The method they play out from the again, the means they maintain possession, the method they handle themselves beneath strain is an actual credit to soccer. The men ought to take observe.

I couldn’t be more proud and how fabulous that greater than 7.5million tuned in to observe them.

To say that I’m excited for the USA recreation on Tuesday is an understatement.

England have fun Women’s World Cup quarter last win over Norway


I ADMIT that I did relate when Kirstie Allsopp revealed this week that she suffered low-level distress at boarding faculty, which is why she gained’t send her sons there.

Once you’re at boarding faculty you put on what you’re informed, eat what you’re advised, go to mattress once you’re advised. Actually, you spend your life doing what you’re informed.

Sure, positive there’s an upside to that – the one factor I craved once I came out of boarding faculty was independence, and it gave me a survival instinct.

But there are lots of downsides, too, which is why I didn’t send my youngsters to boarding faculty.

Although, on reflection, perhaps I should have . . .

Pageant is fairly pathetic

BREAKING news – the Miss England competition has launched a  make-up free round for the first time.

The concept is to help physique positivity and pure beauty.

    Bethany Cammack, trolled as a teenage beauty queen, shows her natural beauty — but is there any place for a competition judging women on looks?


Bethany Cammack, trolled as a teenage beauty queen, exhibits her pure magnificence — however is there anywhere for a contest judging ladies on appears?Credit: Mercury Press

For 2019’s contest,  entrants – including  Bethany Cammack, trolled as a teenage beauty queen –  have been challenged to submit snaps of themselves with no make-up.

It’s a far cry from conventional Miss England competitions, the place most wannabes have been plastered with extra make-up than the average Love Island woman. So I suppose, in a approach, it is progress.

However here’s a extra radical factor. Should we  have a Miss England competitors at all?

It’s outdated, old style and sexist.

We shouldn’t price individuals on their seems to be however on their character, what they stand for and what they do.

Regardless of the way you gown it up, the prize for Miss England goes to the best-looking entrant. With competitions like this still happening, is it any marvel young ladies are tortured by vanity and confidence issues?

Make-up or no make-up, it continues to be judging ladies on how they appear  – and pitting them towards each other.

I didn’t know till now there’s  a Mr England competitors too, but that is just as dangerous.

Speak about a bitter-sweet degree playing area – the place men are as obsessed as ladies about their abs  and whether or not they need to be hair-free.

WHAT does it say about society when males who beat up ladies usually are not jailed? It says that violence towards ladies is usually tolerated.

Assaults on lady are the most socially tolerated form of violent behaviour.

This week a steroid-using, drug abusing body-builder beat up his girlfriend so badly she thought she would die.

She was the FIFTH companion this man has assaulted.

He was not jailed as the decide  thinks imprisoning a serial home abuser would do “no good”.  No good? It will ship a signal that it is just not OK to beat up ladies.

As this was his fifth sufferer on report, I’m positive there can be extra, as he has escaped suitable punishment.

He ought to be in jail and the decide removed from workplace, at the VERY least.

Gotta be kidding Mr Khan

IT’S arduous to not feel  sickened by the reality Faryal Makhdoom and her boxer husband Amir Khan spent  £75,000 on their daughter’s first birthday celebration.

Faryal, 27, and Amir, 32, held the Amazonian-inspired bash earlier this month at the College Of Bolton Stadium – the similar place where the couple held their £150,000 engagement get together and eldest daughter’s £100,000 second birthday celebration.

    It's hard not to feel  sickened by the fact Faryal Makhdoom and her boxer husband Amir Khan spent  £75,000 on their daughter’s first birthday party


It’s arduous to not really feel  sickened by the reality Faryal Makhdoom and her boxer husband Amir Khan spent  £75,000 on their daughter’s first birthday partyCredit: Rex Options

I’m sorry, but £75,000 for a first party? Where has  their perspective gone?

In fact everyone needs to throw their baby an awesome party, but a one-year-old gained’t even keep in mind the event.

Wouldn’t it have been higher for Faryal and Amir to have held just a small celebration and put all that cash they spent – on something that lasted for simply  a day – into a checking account  in order that their daughter might ultimately put it towards her personal flat, or establishing a business when older?


EVERY night time this week as I have received ready for mattress, climbed into my lovely, mushy sheets and snuggled beneath my delicious cover, I have  given thanks I am NOT at Glastonbury.

Sleeping underneath canvas, even if  it is dressed up as a “bell tent”, “eco-pod” or a “VIP yurt”, is my concept of a nightmare.

Add to that in all probability more than 200,000 individuals, a woeful lack of bogs, nowhere to hide from the beating sun and nowhere to scrub – and it becomes a imaginative and prescient of hell.


Treating casualty casually

ANYONE else do an enormous eye-roll watching footage of Aaliyah, the 16-year-old Londoner showing on Channel four’s 24 Hours In A&E?

Not only was she there because she had only a damaged fingernail, she was complaining at having to wait to see a physician – I assume because the docs have been busy attending to real emergencies.

    Aaliyah waiting to in A&E waiting to be seen...


Aaliyah ready to in A&E ready to be seen…Credit: Channel 4

    ... to sort out a broken nail


… to type out a broken nailCredit: Channel 4

Aaliyah, broken nails have been why plasters have been invented.

You – and your mother, who took you to A&E in the first place – have to get real.

So can we. People who flip as much as a hospital casualty unit when it’s not an actual emergency must be fined.

Woman, 16, rushed to emergency department with damaged fingernail