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Archive Image of the Month

Let Selwyn's archivist, Elizabeth Stratton, give you a taster of the college archives. Every month Elizabeth selects a particularly interesting piece from the archives and provides an insight into its history and significance. 

Archive Image of the Month – January 2020

Selwyn’s first women’s football team, 1993 

 Archive Image 87 January 2020

Alongside our continuing high academic ambitions, Selwyn is going to celebrate in 2020 the role of sport in college life – and its benefits for physical and mental health. We have therefore chosen a photo of the women’s football team from 1993 for the first archive image of this year.

We are grateful to Prof Claire Warwick, the captain of the team, for providing some thoughts and background to the photograph. This is a picture of the, then very new, Selwyn women’s football team, founded in 1991. The report in the Calendar for 1993 shows how successful the team was in being promoted to division three and conceding only 10 goals, while scoring 61. They also equalled the University record for the highest score in a match against St Catharine’s with 14-0, watched by their stalwart band of supporters, The Rainbows. They reached the semi-final of the plate and played very well but unfortunately were beaten by Newnham. Two members of the team became blues: Suzanne Collier was Selwyn’s first women’s football blue, followed by Anna Bever the year after. Special thanks is given in the report to the then coach, Dr Mike Sewell, now our Senior Tutor, for his support.

As always, any questions about the college archives can be directed to the archivist on We are always grateful to hear from members of college about any photographs and memories you may have of your time at Selwyn and they can also be uploaded directly here.

Previous archive images can be seen here.

Elizabeth Stratton, January 2020


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