In pictures: Leicester City Ladies FC celebrates 50 years
A club claiming to be the "oldest continuous ladies football" side in England is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Leicester City Ladies FC, which is not officially affiliated to the city's title-winning men's team, was formed in 1966 after a supporters' club meeting.
The players had to borrow kit and train in a car park in the early days.
Once considered a "taboo" by their male counterparts, the club has ambitions to reach the Women's Super League.
Having been one of the clubs represented at the first meeting of the Women's Football Association in June 1970, Leicester Ladies have been praised for their longevity.
Gill Ridgley, who looks after the women's football collection at the British Library, said: "It's a testament to these women's determination and love of football that they carried on playing despite all the obstacles - and these were many - that were put in their way."
Internal problems that have threatened the club's existence over the decades have included a lack of personnel and financial problems, officials said.
"It has been a real rollercoaster," club secretary and ex-player Sue Foulkes said.
"There's been many a time when the club could have gone under and it is just down to a bit of resilience from a few of us that have kept it going."
Women's football in England
- There is evidence of women's matches being played in England in the 1880s
- Perhaps the most famous women's team was formed at the Dick, Kerr and Co munitions works in Preston during World War One. On 26 December 1920 a record crowd of 53,000 watched Dick Kerr Ladies beat St Helen's Ladies 4-0 at Goodison Park
- But the Football Association (FA) banned women from playing on FA-affiliated pitches in 1921 as they deemed the sport "quite unsuitable for females"
- The ban lasted for half a century but was lifted in 1971 following the formation of the Women's Football Association (WFA) a couple of years earlier
- In 1989, Channel 4 started to provide regular coverage of women's football
- England were runners up in the 2009 European Championship
- The Women's Super League began in 2011
- A crowd of 70,584 saw Team GB defeat Brazil 1-0 at the stadium during the London 2012 Olympics and 80,203 watched the final between the US and Japan, a new attendance record for Olympic women's football
- A record 45,619 crowd for an England ladies team match watched England lose 0-3 to Germany at Wembley in November 2014
- England finished 3rd in the 2015 World Cup in Canada
The team was initially met with scepticism, but has grown and played at Wembley in 1996 before the play-off final between Leicester City and Crystal Palace.
"The original team started to train in the car park at the old Filbert Street ground," Ms Foulkes said.
"Nothing was supported by the FA at that time and it was absolutely taboo for clubs to help a women's team with facilities.
"When they came out to play in the first game, we had a Welsh left back called Peter Rodrigues who played for Leicester City, who borrowed kit from the club so they wore those.
"They played their first game and we've been going ever since."