PB FCB Clan honours the pioneers of women’s football at Barça

World Penyes Federation

NEWS 15 Mar 2021 - Supporters' Clubs World Confederation

The club commemorates 50th anniversary of the first women’s game at Barça with an online chat with two members of that team: Anna Jaques and Lolita Ortiz

On 25 December 1970, the Camp Nou hosted its first ever women’s football match in front of 60,000 spectators, with a team of 17 women representing FC Barcelona in a 0-0 draw with Unió Esportiva Centelles, and with Barça winning on penalties. They may not have realised it at the time, but those women were sowing the seeds for women’s football at FC Barcelona. 

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of that occasion, the PB FCB Clan decided to have an online chat with two of the ladies who played that day, Anna Jaques and Lolita Ortiz, both of whom are members of the FC Barcelona Players Association. It was all part of the World Penyes Federation’s celebrations of International Women’s Day in March, which has included focusing on women on its Barça World Radio show and publishing a video of players from the FC Barcelona women’s team issuing messages in support of gender equality.

Proud of the past and excited about the future

During the online chat, Anna Jaques and Lolita Ortiz looked back at that game with pride and described it as one of the happiest moments of their lives, despite the mockery and chauvinistic comments they had to put up with. From there, the team was consolidated, with Antoni Ramallets as their coach, and they played in all kinds of tournaments in Spain and around Europe, although they sometimes had to play as the Penya Barcelonista Femenina. They also described their excellent rapport with the men’s team.

Looking to the modern era, both Jacques and Ortiz are delighted to see the progress being made by the FC Barcelona women’s team, although there is still a long way to go in terms of better conditions and visibility. Professionalization has done a lot to boost the quality, and they feel proud to have done the groundwork half a century ago. They also had a message for young girls who would like to become footballers: keep fighting all the time and don’t let any of the many obstacles that you are bound to encounter along the way get in the way of your dreams, saying that “if we could do it in times when things were so much harder for women, then you should make the most of what you have today to do the same.”