Women’s Euros

Womens EurosENGLAND AT THE WOMEN’S EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Whilst FIFA got on board with an official Women’s World Cup in 1991 and never looked back, the history of the European game is slightly more complicated and unofficial. England Women played in a number of European tournaments before the structure became known as the familiar Euro Championships that came about in the 21st Century. A European Competition for Women’s Football existed as far back as 1969 but it was irregular and not governed by UEFA. England were one of four teams that played twice over the space of as many days in Italy. England lost four-three to Denmark in the Semi Final before defeating France the next day to take Third Place. However it would be ten years before a further competiton took place. Interest in these games was low, attendances were small and television coverage was zero. To garner any hopes of future media exposure, they needed UEFA on board, England to progress on the field and an attitude shift across the country. We pick up the next chapter in 1979. It starts here!

 

EARLY DAYS & UNOFFICIAL TOURNAMENTS

All tournaments prior to the 1991 Women’s Championship were not under the jurisdiction of governing body UEFA and are therefore not deemed as ‘official’ European tournaments. The unofficial cup in 1979 actually had twelve participants spread across twelve days, like it’s debut predecessor in 1969 it was hosted in Italy. England won both their group matches, against Finland three-one and Switzerland two-nil, to top the table and progress to the Semis where the hosts awaited. Italy won that three-one. England then lost to Sweden on penalties in the Third Place Play Off. In 1984 and 1987 England reached the Finals stage of these unofficial games but still no terrestrial television coverage of these matches came about, with interest still at a relatively low level internationally. The domestic game was making huge strides but it wasn’t until 2002 when the BBC televised the Women’s FA Cup Final Live for the first time that things very slowly began to change in the media perception. The early tournaments in 1984 and 1987 – known as the European Competition for Women’s Football only featured four teams and weren’t hosted in a central location. Instead, these competitions were hosted by several cities and indeed several countries on some occasions. In 1984 England reached the Final and lost out to Sweden in a two-legged home and away tie on a penalty shoot-out after both legs ended one-nil to the home side. Luton’s Kenilworth Road was the English venue. To reach that stage, England defeated Denmark home (at Crewe’s Gresty Road) and away with an aggregate score of three-one. In 1987 it was Sweden again who scuppered the English bid, defeating us in the Semi Final in Extra Time. That match took place in Norway. When UEFA did take control of the tournaments from 1991 onwards, they also served as the qualification route for the next FIFA World Cup, still featuring four teams in the Finals. When England next made the UEFA Women’s Championship, as it was known, in 1995 they lost home (Vicarage Road, Watford) and away to eventual champions Germany, with an aggregate score of six-two. It expanded from four to eight teams for the following Euros in 1997 but England weren’t back until the one after that, in 2001. The qualified teams were split into two groups of four with the top two teams progressing to the Semis. England drew their opening match with Russia one-all before bowing out of the competition hosted in Germany, losing four-nil to those pesky Swedes and three-nil to the hosts. Despite this lack of success in Europe, the English FA successfully bid for the staging of the 2005 UEFA Women’s Championship. This would be the first in this country to receive full Live television treatment on terrestrial as well as satellite. It’s from this point that we pick up the England coverage.


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ENGLAND 2005

The UEFA Women’s Championship of 2005 saw eight European teams descend on England’s North West for two weeks of football. Eurosport were the designated host broadcasters and covered every match Live across British Eurosport 1 and 2. Matches were filmed and broadcast in 4×3 which was unusual for the era. Also unusual was studio presentation for the channel, which for other competitions would usually begin coverage a couple of minutes before the kick off and leave straight after. ITV Sport host Matt Smith anchored their coverage from the studio alongside guests from the world of both men’s and women’s football as well as journalists. The BBC brought the game to a Live terrestrial audience, continuing on from their Women’s FA Cup Final broadcasts. This was the first women’s international tournament to be shown Live on free to air television, with all three England matches plus the Final on BBC Two. On days where there wasn’t a Live match, BBC Two broadcast a highlights programme to round things up. Celina Hinchcliffe hosted with England internationals Karen Walker and Sue Smith as well as new BBC recruit Gavin Peacock. Steve Wilson was the regular women’s commentator for the Beeb, joined by ex-striker Marieanne Spacey. Matches were played at Ewood Park, City of Manchester Stadium, Deepdale, Bloomfield Road and Warrington rugby’s Halliwell Jones stadium. Despite England not faring too well at the tournament, this would be the catalyst to a sharp increase in interest in women’s football and was a milestone moment for Live coverage of the game in this country.

Group A; Sunday 5th June
BBC Two 2001ENGLAND 3-2 Finland, 7pm – 6.45-9pm
Celina Hinchcliffe with Karen Walker, Sue Smith & Gavin Peacock. Commentary by Steve Wilson & Marieanne Spacey. Rebecca Lowe reported

Wednesday 8th June
BBC Two 2001ENGLAND 1-2 Denmark, 6pm – 5.45-8pm
Celina Hinchcliffe with Karen Walker, Sue Smith & Gavin Peacock. Commentary by Steve Wilson & Marieanne Spacey. Rebecca Lowe reported

Saturday 11th June
BBC Two 2001ENGLAND 0-1 Sweden, 6pm – 5.45-8.25pm
Celina Hinchcliffe with Karen Walker, Sue Smith & Gavin Peacock. Commentary by Steve Wilson & Marieanne Spacey. Rebecca Lowe reported

Red England crestENGLAND SQUAD Manager; Hope Powell
Goalkeepers; Jo Fletcher, Rachel Brown, Leanne Hall
Defenders; Alex Scott, Rachel Unitt, Faye White (C), Mary Phillip, Casey Stoney, Lindsay Johnson
Midfielders; Katie Chapman, Fara Williams, Emily Westwood, Karen Carney, Vicky Exley, Anita Asante
Forwards; Jody Handley, Amanda Barr, Rachel Yankey, Kelly Smith, Eni Aluko

 

England 2005 scorebar Womens Euro 2005 Replays

Womens Euro 2005 Smith Womens Euro 2005 Graphics Womens Euro 2005 Studio

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Presenter;
 Celina Hinchcliffe
Pundits; Karen Walker, Sue Smith, Gavin Peacock
Commentators; Steve Wilson, Guy Mowbray, John Murray, Marieanne Spacey
Reporters; Rebecca Lowe, Juliette Ferrington

BRITISH EUROSPORT SQUADImage result for BRITISH eurosport logo
Presenter;
Matt Smith
Pundits; Julie Fleeting, Lucy Ward, Paula Cocozza, Julie Chipchase, Paul Elliott, Tony Dorigo
Commentators; Dave Farrar, Dan O’Hagan, Angus Loughran, Jen O’Neill, Marcus Bignot, Becky Easton
Reporters; Carrie Brown, Andy Botros


FINLAND 2009

The old, clunky name of the UEFA Women’s Championship was ditched in favour of the more easy to brand UEFA Women’s Euros from the 2009 version onwards. There was also an expansion from eight teams to twelve. Despite making great strides on the international stage since the last Euros in 2005, England received very little media attention when the 2009 tournament in Finland came around. Scheduling didn’t help that a lot of the matches were mid afternoon UK time and the men’s season was well underway, with the staging of this Championships taking place at the end of August. England also went into the tournament having qualified unbeaten ahead of the likes of Spain and Czech Republic. As a result the tournament was only covered Live by British Eurosport, who very rarely provide studio coverage for any sport they cover unless they are the host broadcaster. England’s matches received the same treatment as all the others, coming on-air around five minutes before the kick off for the national anthems, then coming off-air straight after the final whistle. Half-time was handled out of vision by the commentary team, which was Wayne Boyce, Tim Caple and former player turned journalist Jen O’Neill. It was only when England reached the Final of the tournament, knocking out hosts Finland along the way, that any sort of national interest was garnered. At this point, the BBC struck a last minute deal to broadcast the Final Live on BBC Two on the Thursday afternoon. Regular women’s football commentary pairing Guy Mowbray and Lucy Ward took the mic, whilst Gabby Logan anchored proceedings from London. Alas it was not to be for the Lionesses but never again would they be afforded such shabby television coverage at a major tournament.

Group C; Tuesday 25th August
Related imageENGLAND 1-2 Italy, 3.30pm – 3.25-5.30pm
No presentation. Commentary by Wayne Boyce & Jen O’Neill

Friday 28th August
Related imageENGLAND 3-2 Russia, 6pm – 5.55-8pm
No presentation. Commentary by Wayne Boyce & Jen O’Neill

Monday 31st August
Related imageENGLAND 1-1 Sweden, 5pm – 4.55-7pm
No presentation. Commentary by Tim Caple & Jen O’Neill

KNOCKOUT STAGES – QUARTER FINALS
Thursday 3rd September
Related imageFinland 2-3 ENGLAND, 2pm – 1.55-4pm
No presentation. Commentary by Tim Caple & Jen O’Neill

SEMI FINALS
Sunday 6th September
Related imageENGLAND 1-1 Netherlands (2-1 AET), 5pm – 4.55-7.30pm
No presentation. Commentary by Wayne Boyce & Jen O’Neill

THE FINAL
Thursday 10th September
Related imageENGLAND 2-6 Germany, 5pm – 4.40-7pm
No presentation. Commentary by Wayne Boyce & Jen O’Neill. Eurosport Germany’s Hans Finger reported

THE FINAL
Thursday 10th September
bbc twoENGLAND 2-6 Germany, 5pm – 4.45-7.15pm
Gabby Logan in the studio in London with Jo Potter, Rachel Yankey & Martin Keown. Commentary by Guy Mowbray & Lucy Ward

WEC 2009 Eurosport International

Red England crestENGLAND SQUAD Manager; Hope Powell
Goalkeepers; Rachel Brown, Siobhan Chamberlain, Karen Bardsley
Defenders; Alex Scott, Casey Stoney, Faye White (C), Lindsay Johnson, Rachel Unitt, Laura Bassett
Midfielders; Jill Scott, Anita Asante, Fara Williams, Katie Chapman, Jess Clarke, Karen Carney, Emily Westwood, Dani Buet
Forwards; Eni Aluko, Ellen White, Kelly Smith, Sue Smith, Jody Handley, Lianne Sanderson

 


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SWEDEN 2013

Following the terrible coverage from 2009, Euro 2013 was afforded expanded Live coverage on the BBC. They showed roughly one match per day Live and the rest in highlight form. All England matches plus the semis and Final were Live on BBC Two and Three. Jacqui Oatley presented coverage from the Salford studio with a small core punditry team of Sue Smith, Michael Gray and Faye White. In the commentary box were number one duo Guy Mowbray and Lucy Ward, covering the main games. Whilst Steve Bower and Sue Smith were voiced the secondary matches. Over in Sweden were reporters Sally Nugent & Tina Daheley. Eurosport also covered the whole tournament Live.

Group C; Friday 12th July
LIVE on BBC ThreeENGLAND 2-3 Spain, 7.30pm – 7-9.30pm
Jacqui Oatley in the studio in Salford with Sue Smith, Michael Gray & Faye White. Commentary by Guy Mowbray & Lucy Ward. Sally Nugent reported

Monday 15th July
bbc twoENGLAND 1-1 Russia, 5pm – 4.30-7pm
Jacqui Oatley in the studio with Sue Smith, Michael Gray & Faye White. Commentary by Guy Mowbray & Lucy Ward. Sally Nugent reported

Thursday 18th July
LIVE on BBC ThreeENGLAND 0-3 France, 7.30pm – 7-10pm
Jacqui Oatley in the studio with Sue Smith, Michael Gray & Faye White. Commentary by Guy Mowbray & Lucy Ward. Sally Nugent reported

WEC 2013 Promo WEC 2013 Graphics WEC 2013 Comms

Red England crestENGLAND SQUAD Manager; Hope Powell
Goalkeepers; Karen Bardsley, Rachel Brown, Siobhan Chamberlain
Defenders; Alex Scott, Steph Houghton, Sophie Bradley, Casey Stoney (C), Laura Bassett, Dunia Susi, Gemma Bonner, Lucy Bronze
Midfielders; Jill Scott, Anita Asante, Fara Williams, Rachel Yankey, Jess Clarke, Karen Carney, Jordan Nobbs, Jade Moore
Forwards; Eni Aluko, Ellen White, Toni Duggan, Kelly Smith

 


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NETHERLANDS 2017

UEFA expanded the Euros again for this tournament from twelve teams previously up to sixteen. In a surprise move, and to capitalise on the surge of women’s football, Channel 4 returned to the market with Live and exclusive coverage of Euro 2017. This was Four’s first foray into Live football since their acclaimed Football Italia broadcasts ended fifteen years earlier. The presentation team was headed by Clare Balding, making her football debut, whilst pundits were borrowed from both the men’s and women’s games as the likes of Ian Wright and Michael Owen stood alongside former England stars Eni Aluko and Kelly Smith. Commentary came from BT’s WSL pairing Steve Bower and Lucy Ward. The main channel broadcast England Live as well as the Final all direct from the stadiums in the Netherlands. Scotland and higher profile others were on digital channel More4 whilst the rest were available Live on the Channel 4 website and catch-up service All4 with world feed commentaries. The interest increased throughout the tournament as the Lionesses progressed. England group matches peaked all at around 2 million viewers, rising to 3.3 million for the Quarter Final and 3.96m for the Semi Final heartbreak. Eurosport also had every game Live as is now the norm.

Group D; Wednesday 19th July
Channel 4 2015-ENGLAND 6-0 Scotland, 7.45pm – 7pm-10pm
Clare Balding pitchside with Eni Aluko, Michael Owen & Kim Little. Gantry; Lee McKenzie with Heather O’Reilly. Commentary by Steve Bower, Lucy Ward & Scott Booth. Sam Quek reported

Sunday 23rd July
Channel 4 2015-ENGLAND 2-0 Spain, 7.45pm – 7.30pm-10pm
Clare Balding pitchside with Eni Aluko, Ian Wright & Heather O’Reilly. Commentary by Steve Bower & Lucy Ward. Reporter Sam Quek joined by Kim Little on the gantry

Thursday 27th July
Channel 4 2015-ENGLAND 2-1 Portugal, 7.45pm – 7.30pm-10pm
Clare Balding pitchside with Eni Aluko, Jermaine Jenas & Heather O’Reilly. Commentary by Steve Bower & Lucy Ward. Sam Quek reported

KNOCKOUT STAGES – QUARTER FINALS
Sunday 30th July
Channel 4 2015-ENGLAND 1-0 France, 7.45pm – 7.15-10pm
Clare Balding pitchside with Eni Aluko, Kelly Smith & Jermaine Jenas. Commentary by Steve Bower & Lucy Ward. Sam Quek reported

SEMI FINALS
Thursday 3rd August
Channel 4 2015-Netherlands 3-0 ENGLAND, 7.45pm – 7.30-10pm
Clare Balding pitchside with Eni Aluko, Kelly Smith, Jermaine Jenas & Ian Wright. Commentary by Steve Bower & Lucy Ward. Reporter Sam Quek joined by Vera Pauw on the gantry

WEC 2017 Host WEC 2017 Scorebar WEC 2017 Credits

Red England crestENGLAND SQUAD Manager; Mark Sampson
Goalkeepers; Karen Bardsley, Siobhan Chamberlain, Carly Telford
Defenders; Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton (C), Millie Bright, Demi Stokes, Jo Potter, Casey Stoney, Laura Bassett, Alex Greenwood, Alex Scott
Midfielders; Jill Scott, Jordon Nobbs, Isobel Christiansen, Fara Williams, Karen Carney, Jade Moore
Forwards; Jodie Taylor, Toni Duggan, Ellen White, Nikita Parris, Fran Kirby

 

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Presenter;
Clare Balding
Pundits; Eni Aluko, Ian Wright, Kim Little, Heather O’Reilly, Michael Owen, Jermaine Jenas, Kelly Smith, Vera Pauw
Commentators; Steve Bower, Robyn Cowen, Lucy Ward, Scott Booth
Reporters; Sam Quek, Lee McKenzie, Kirsteen O’Sullivan


 

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