If you think you know about football, think again!
OK, did you know that the youngest ever player to score for England was 15-year-old, Mary Lyons?
Jarrow born and bred, Mary made her England debut in front of 20,000+ people at St James’ Park, Newcastle, 1918, a hundred years ago!
This phenomenal story has been covered up, until now!
World War One saw carnage at the front so women flooded into munitions factories at home to replace men. The lasses played football during bait-time kickabouts and soon workplace teams were challenging each other in charity matches. Then it got serious!
Mary’s skills rapidly gained the attention of newspaper sporting columns and in 1918, she led her beloved Palmers team from a scratch side to the best in the region, bringing home The Munitionettes Cup to Jarrow in 1919.
But an event in 1921 put paid to women’s football for 50 years!
The incredible story of Mary Lyons will be told by top North East actress Viktoria Kay.
Viktoria is an awarding winning actress, appearing in many productions throughout the region and across the UK, including London’s West End (Pitmen Painters). Recent credits include Geordie the Musical, The 12 Pound Look, Joe Wilson’s Music Hall, Christmas at the Cathedral and Frankenstein: Revelations.
Viktoria regularly performs with the comedy troupe Laffalang Gang and recently performed in front of 10,000 people at the iconic Sunday for Sammy show at the Newcastle Metro Arena. Her TV and film credits include, I, Daniel Blake, Emmerdale, Wolfblood and Harriet’s Army.
Viktoria will be playing Mary in a new stage production about Mary Lyons and women’s football, The Lyons Roar, penned by top North East playwright Ed Waugh, writer of smash hits Hadaway Harry, Mr Corvan’s Music Hall and the forthcoming The Great Joe Wilson.
Our talk will take place on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at Heaton Stannington Football Club, Newton Road, NE7 7HP 5RP at 7.30pm (Doors open at 7.00pm. You are advised to take your seat by 7.15pm). All welcome. FREE for Heaton History group members. £2 for non-members. Please book your place by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org / 07443 594154. Until 26 April, booking will be open to Heaton History Group members only.