Bella Reay
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World War One At Home: Football playing munitions women

As part of the World War One At Home project carried out in partnership between the BBC and Imperial War Museums, Gerry Jackson looks at how women who worked in tough munitions factories still found time to form football teams.

One North East side - and its star striker Bella Reay - carried all before them.

Blyth Spartans Ladies played to huge crowds, raising funds for the war effort.

Bella's granddaughter Yvonne Crawford recalls how crowds of 10,000 would watch the ladies - some as young as 17 - play.

In one season, Bella scored more than 130 times.

  • 27 Feb 2014
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