Lucy Barraclough (1885-1958) née Green

Lucy Barraclough was a member of the Atalanta Ladies' Football Club team in the 1920s.


She was born at on 10 October 1885 at Penistone, the daughter of carpenter Benjamin Shirt Green and his wife Eleanor Susannah (née Haigh).

Her brother was Benjamin Haigh Green, better known as Benny Green, who played as a professional footballer and scored 117 goals from 406 matches. He died in the First World War.[1]

She married wood worker George Thomas Barraclough on 17 November 1904 at Penistone Parish Church. The couple soon moved to Lockwood where they had two known children:

  • Clarence Barraclough (1905-1959)[2]
  • Benjamin Leslie Barraclough (1911-1972)[3]

By 1911, they were living at 15 Chapel Terrace, Crosland Moor, and George was working at Park Gear Works as a driller.

In 1920, she was one of the founding members of the Huddersfield Atalanta Ladies' Sports Club's football team and played as their captain. She was also a member of the English Ladies' Football Committee and was picked to play for the English Ladies team against Grimsby, but ended up playing for the Grimsby team at the match due to that team being short of players.[4]

Lucy Barraclough died aged 73 in 1958.

Notes and References

  1. Wikipedia: Benny Green (footballer).
  2. Born 11 May 1905 and baptised 3 June 1906 at St. Barnabas, Crosland Moor. Described as an "invalid" on census returns. Died at Doncaster.
  3. Born 22 January 1911. Died 27 August 1972.
  4. "Obituary: Captained Women Footballers" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (15/Jan/1958).