Quite simply, without Shirley Johnson Launton Ladies FC, which has provided women’s football in Oxfordshire for 43 years, would not exist.
Shirley has been the driving force behind Launton Ladies FC ever since she arranged a friendly against a rival village in 1968. The club continues to grow and currently competes in the Southern Region Women’s Premier League and attracts players from all across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire.
Behind the scenes, Shirley has given up thousands of hours of her time to fill almost every role possible at the club from writing weekly match reports to captaining the side on many occasions.
She is heavily involved in fund raising to ensure that the club is able to continue year on year. Her crowning achievement at the club was the creation of the Judy Fry Memorial Tournament to commemorate the past Launton Captain who sadly passed away. The tournament, which is one of the main fundraisers for the club, occurs annually and has attracted teams as far away as Glasgow who all travel to Oxfordshire to compete.
Her contribution to the club doesn’t stop there, she has shown incredible persistence and drive to set up a youth side and a 5-a-side team to greatly improve the opportunities for local girls to get involved with grassroots football. Her love and passion for the beautiful game has led to four decades worth of women having the opportunity to play football in the local community.