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Luton: Pioneers of women's football honoured with blue plaque

The first women to represent England at an international football tournament have been honoured with a blue plaque.
The FA and Luton Heritage Society unveiled it at Crawley Green Recreation Ground, which was home to the Chiltern Valley Ladies.
It honours the team, as well as the British Independents - which played between 1967 and 1972 - and founders Harry and June Batt.
The 1971 World Cup captain, Carol Wilson, said "it means the world".
Women's football was banned until 1970, when the Women's Football Association (WFA) persuaded the FA to overturn it.
Luton bus driver Harry Batt had defied the ban and formed teams to represent England in overseas tournaments after seeing how popular women's football was in other countries.
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