Memory Lane - First to play on a professional pitch

A Hartepool GEC ladies football team pictured before a match against a Sunderland ladies football team in 1972 at the Victoria Ground.'Thanks to Susan Moore for sending the pic to Memory Lane. Can anyone name the ladies pictured. Write to Tom Collins at Memory Lane

A Hartepool GEC ladies football team pictured before a match against a Sunderland ladies football team in 1972 at the Victoria Ground.'Thanks to Susan Moore for sending the pic to Memory Lane. Can anyone name the ladies pictured. Write to Tom Collins at Memory Lane

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THE photograph of the GEC ladies’ football team (Memory Lane, May 14) was the first time that women were allowed to play on a football pitch that belonged to a professional football team, Hartlepool United.

Also the first time that a female referee was in charge of the game.

Sorry I don’t know the names, only my own.

I am the goalkeeper in the centre of the back row.

We were beaten by Sunderland ladies.

Alwyn Ditchburn (nee Dunn),

Kingsley Avenue,

Hartlepool.