1971 to 1982
Exeter Women.

In 1971 after pressure from the Women’s Football Association and UEFA, The FA  lifted it's 50 year ban on Women's Football, however the 'troubles' were far from over. 
Also in 1971 the Mitre Trophy (the Women's FA Cup was introduced it was dominated by Southampton in the early years who were in the Women's Football Association Cup Final six times, losing only once to the Dens team in 1974. 
From BBC 2015.
A member of the Southampton team who won the first Women's FA Cup in 1971 is hoping to find the missing trophy for the National Football Museum.

The trophy is thought to have been lost in the late 1970s, with a new version introduced for later competitions.

Sue Lopez was in the side which beat Scottish club Stewarton & Thistle 4-1 to win the-then Mitre Challenge Trophy.

"We think a player tucked it away somewhere in a trophy cabinet," former forward Lopez told BBC Radio Solent

"We hope it's still around. I'm on a mission for the National Football Museum to try and find the original so that the museum can have it."

Southampton won eight of the first 11 Women's FA Cup finals, but it is not known whether the trophy is with one of the Saints players.

Nearly 70 teams from England and Wales entered the competition in 1976. Four regional groups were drawn to play to decide the semi finalists which were Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion, Queens Park Rangers v Belle Vue Belles.

Exeter were Devon League Champions in 1976/77 and the following season Runner's up in 1977/78.

They were Dean Trophy Winners in 1975/76, 1976/77 and 1977/78 and were also Salvidge Youth Cup Winners in 1977/78. 
In 1977/78 and 1980/81, Exeter reached the final of the Pat Sowden Trophy, but lost both finals. 

In 5 a-side Exeter won the Heavitree 5's in 1980, having won the Dawlish 5's in 1979. They reached the final of the Pelynt 5's in 1980 and the Heavitree 5's in 1981. In 1982 they were finalists in the Crewe and Western League 5's.

And in May 2nd 1978 England beat Eire at St James Park 6-1, with goals from Lopez 2, Foreman 2, Day and Dobb.
A sliver tankard commemorating the Women's friendly International game between England and Eire held at St James Park. 
In modern times, the England Women's team was first governed by The Women's Football Association which was formed in 1969 following an upsurge in interest in the sport after 1966, and since 1993 by The Football Association


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