One woman doesn't need the offside rule explained to her by Andy Gray is Tracey Crouch, Tory MP for Chatham and Aylesford, who is a qualified football coach.
Crouch (that's her with England international Peter Crouch - no relation)is also a bit of a hotshot on the field, as Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy discovered last week.
Super-Murph, a midfield maestro (that's what is says in the match programme) found himself playing in goal last week in a game against the Tories. When it came to a penalty being awarded, aye well, you can guess how the lassie got on.
Actually it was worse than that - not only did Tracey Crouch put the ball in the back of the net from the penalty spot, it travelled between lanky Murphy's legs to get there. Nutmeg is the official term, for you ladies who don't follow the game closely.* See footnote
Staying on football and gender checkout the all-girl Laxdale primary football team from Lewis in today's Daily Record. The island team won a kits for kids competition through the paper and jetted off to Italy to see a Serie A game as a reward.
The girls and their classroom assistant Christine Campbell collected almost 30,000 tokens to win the top prize, not a bad result for Record circulation given that the population of Lewis is 23,000.
(Shame on Gray, by the way, him a good Lewis boy and all.)
footballnote Having checked sources it seems that the goal was not scored from the penalty spot and the earlier report "does no justice" to the cracker of rocket shot that Crouch put in the net. Still went through Murphy's legs though.
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