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Rachael Heyhoe Flint - Wolves pay tribute
« on: January 22, 2017, 05:41:41 AM »
Rachael Heyhoe Flint has passed away at the age of 77. As well as being a key figure at Wolverhampton Wanderers, she was also a cricketer and cricket director at the MCC, and many other things besides.

There'll be a minute's silence at today's cup game at Hednesford, and a service of thanksgiving on Wednesday.

Jenny Wilkes wrote about Flint's role in transforming the women's team:

“At the time the women’s football club was a separate entity. It had been granted permission by Wolves to use its name, but it was completely self-supporting and struggling to survive. When I took over as Chair in 1999, Rachael was the first person I turned to for help.

"By this time she was a Director at Wolves, sitting on the board alongside Sir Jack – the man she had persuaded to sponsor the England Women’s cricket team back in 1970. With an illustrious career behind her, captaining her country to victory in the 1973 cricket World Cup, she knew all about the struggles of women in male-dominated sports.

“We think we face chauvinism in women’s football today, but Rachael used to tell me about her battle to be admitted to the male-only MCC. She was not deterred by the 'grumpy old men' and achieved a real victory for sports women everywhere when she became the first woman elected to the MCC committee in 2004. She laughed off the rude and objectionable comments, and breezed her way through until they had to submit!"

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