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Lionesses heroine Ellen White wasn’t allowed to play in her league at the age of nine because she was a GIRL


The Lioness banned by football bosses when she was just a cub: How nine-year-old England hero Ellen White wasn’t allowed to play in her local league because she was a GIRL. .. when she was already at the Arsenal Academy

  • White was banned from the Chiltern Youth League in 1988 for being a girl
  • She would become the Lionesses’ all-time leading scorer
  • The striker’s father, John White, expressed his anger at the time
  • The league has been accused of ‘gender discrimination’ and ‘not keeping pace’

The Lionesses’ all-time leading scorer, Ellen White, was banned from playing football by her home league when she was just nine years old.

The ban, which at the time was accused of being discriminatory, came when she was already at Arsenal’s Academy and captained the Under-11 team.

Hindsight wouldn’t stop her from playing football and may have prompted her to make history with England by lifting the Euro 2022 trophy on Sunday.

White, 33, who has been a mainstay in women’s football, started ahead of Germany in front of a record 87,192 fans wearing the iconic number nine on her back.

The Lionesses won the country’s first major tournament since the men’s victory in 1966 with a 2-1 triumph hailed as one for the ages.

But the Aylesbury-born striker, who played a more supporting role in this tournament, has already been banned from her local league because she was a girl.

The 1988 front page of The Bucks Herald, which resurfaced 34 years later, shows a sullen-looking white woman in her Arsenal Academy jersey holding an elongated soccer ball.

The title is: ‘Soccer girl banned by league for boys’. A quote from his father, John White, is also highlighted. He said: “Ellen is only nine and doesn’t understand why she can’t play football.”

But White would only be temporarily pushed back. She would go on to become one of the most recognizable names in women’s football, not only for her record goalscoring tally, but also for her goggle celebration which was emulated by young fans across the country.

Ellen White, pictured with her aunt Lizzie, was banned from playing in her football league aged nine because she was a girl. She would become the Lionesses’ all-time leading scorer

Lionesses heroine Ellen White wasn’t allowed to play in her league at the age of nine because she was a GIRL

White, 33, wore the Lionesses’ number nine shirt in their 2-1 triumph over Germany to lift the Euro 2022 trophy

Lionesses heroine Ellen White wasn’t allowed to play in her league at the age of nine because she was a GIRL

The stalwart of women’s football kisses silverware in front of a record crowd of over 87,000 fans

White previously revealed the celebration was based on her love of German football where she imitated Anthony Modeste’s glasses celebration after watching him score a late winner for Cologne.

Having scored 52 goals for the Lionesses, she also boasts an impressive club history, having worn the shirt for Chelsea and Arsenal early in her career and more recently for Manchester City.

The unearthed article reveals White had scored 100 goals the previous season amid accusations of gender discrimination after the Chiltern Youth League refused his registration.

Lionesses heroine Ellen White wasn’t allowed to play in her league at the age of nine because she was a GIRL

Young fans were spotted mimicking White’s signature eyewear celebration she was inspired by Anthony Modeste for while at Cologne FC

Leading the protest was her father who at the time was chairman of the club his daughter just wanted to play football for.

Mr White reveals to the Bucks Herald that his daughter was very upset by the decision. Aylesbury Town secretary at the time, Julie Oxley, also shared her outrage, suggesting the local league was “not moving with the times”.

Chiltern Youth League chairman Chris Davidson reportedly said it was not about gender discrimination, but that there were issues, including dressing room mixing.

He told the Bucks Herald at the time that the club could appeal the ban to the Bedfordshire FA if they wished. “Our league made the decision and we stand by it,” he said.

Football commentator Ollie Bayliss retweeted the historic post and wrote: “I remember my junior team playing Ellen White in 1997 or 98. She put about 8 goals past us and were far better than anyone with who we had ever played.”

White’s two goals both came in Norway’s 8-0 demolition in their second game of the tournament, leaving them within easy reach of Wayne Rooney’s men’s record 53 goals in England.

She propelled the impressive Alessia Russo into the starting XI, with the Manchester United striker replacing her after 56 minutes.

White’s success with the Lionesses adds her two Women’s Super League titles and two FA Cups, as well as her role in quarter-final success with Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

She would also go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where the team suffered further heartbreak in the quarter-finals, netting twice.

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