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Sept. 30, 1922 – J&P Coats 4:4 Dick, Kerr Ladies at Coats Field, Pawtucket, R.I. (Att.: 8,500)

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A women’s professional soccer team played in New England for first time. The team, sponsored by Dick, Kerr Ltd. Electric of Preston, England, competed against men’s teams on a nine-game (3W-3L-3D) tour.

This was the second game of the tour, which began with a visit to the Paterson Silk Sox (6-3 loss).

J&P Coats scorers are listed as Reid, Tommy Fleming and Gallagher. Redford (2), Harris and Parr scored for Dick, Kerr.

Oct. 12, 1922 – New Bedford All-Stars 4:5 Dick, Kerr Ladies (Att.: 6,000)

Oct. 15, 1922 – Fall River Marksmen 2:2 Dick, Kerr Ladies at Mark’s Stadium (Att.: 4,000)

Brittan and Pepper scored for the Marksmen and Redford converted twice.

I could find no record of women’s professional soccer returning to the area until 1970, when the Astros’ John Bertos promoted a match.

July 31, 1970 – Paris 4:2 Roma, women’s match at Brother Gilbert Stadium, Malden, Mass.

Chantel Lebrun scored the deciding goal. The Roma roster included Patrizia “Anastasi” De Grandis, Rosalba Lonero

TODAY IN NEW ENGLAND SOCCER HISTORY

Links from SASH:

Dick, Kerr Ladies in Washington, DC, 1922

Dick, Kerr Ladies come to Philadelphia, 1922

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