Women’s football was banned by the Football Association in 1921. Lasting for 50 years, the grandees of the football establishment deemed the sport “quite unsuitable for females”. Now, teams such as Aimee Palmer’s Bristol City are seeing an explosion in interest and fans. With England’s Lionesses eyeing up victory at the ongoing Euros, Neil and Aimee chat about her difficult journey as a professional player and what needs to happen to dismantle barriers for everyone who wants to play the beautiful game.
The last time England’s men played football at Ashton Gate – a mere 110 years ago
In 1913, 8,000 fans came to Bedminster to watch the England men’s team play Wales, where foul weather had turned the pitch into a quagmire.
Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Bristol City’s James Edwards on football, community and politics
Neil chats to James, who helps lead Bristol City's charity arm the Robins Foundation, about the role of football in the community and the furore over Gary Lineker’s criticisms of government asylum policy.
A view from the stands on Bristol Rover’s new CEO, and the clubs prospects
With the appointment of Tom Gorringe as CEO of Bristol Rovers, Tom Metcalfe from GasCast gives his view on what fans would like to see on and off the pitch.
Why Bristol Rovers have joined the campaign for football reform
English football is dominated by big clubs and billionaire owners. But calls for a fairer football pyramid are more prominent than ever.
Gasheads clash over club’s handling of Joey Barton assault charge
Bristol Rovers go into pre-season friendly without Joey Barton, as club bosses try to dampen divisions over their handling of the controversial manager who has been charged with assaulting his wife.
Listen: Bristol Unpacked on kneeling at the Euros, and nurturing diverse football talent with leading local sports coach Rayan Wilson
Season 4 of Bristol Unpacked kicks off with a conversation with local sport coach Rayan Wilson, who has been involved in training amateur and elite athletes.