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Reay, Bella, Munitionette footballer 1914-18
Isabella Reay, known as Bella, was a footballer during the Great War.

In 2018, Cllr. Adran Cartie, Mayor of Blyth Town Council, unveiled a blue plaque at Croft Park, home of the Blyth Spartans A.F.C. It reads:

Bella Reay Born in Cowpen
Centre forward for Blyth
Spartan Ladies (1917-1919)
and England.

Bella scored 133 goals in one
season and was part of the team
which went on to win
the Munitionettes' Cup
in May 1918.

The Journal 02/11/2018 reports the unveiling and tells the story.

Bella was the daughter of a coal miner who played for a team drawn from women working in the docks or in the munitions factories.

See Munitionette Footballers 1914-18

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk