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Television Cake

As the 2003 Woman's Football World Cup in the USA nears the final, between Germany and Sweden, (the hosts and Canada losing out in the semi-finals), research in Scotland has revealed that not only did Scots invent football but 400 years ago pioneered the woman's game. Records show that women played football in Scotland as far back as 1628 - almost 200 years before the first evidence of women's football in England.
 
Stirling University sports studies researcher Jessica MacBeth told The Flag "All the evidence proves that Scotland not only invented football but also invented the women's game. There are no references to women's football in England prior to the 1800s but Kirk records were slamming Scotswomen for playing on the Sabbath as early as 1628.
 
The Statistical Account for Scotland of 1795 reveals the first ever recorded fixture between teams composed entirely by women. The Rev Dr Alexander Carlisle recorded details of the annual fixture between the married and unmarried 'fishwives of Fisherow' at Inveresk, Midlothian, 'at which the former are always victors.'
 
Women's football has certainly become far more popular over the past decade or so and now many senior clubs are associated with Ladies teams, proving that 'The Beautiful Game' is for everyone. Certainly you are much more likely to find female 'Terracing Tams' than in the past. Unfortunately most people nowadays watch football on television, invented by a Scot, rather than attending the 'real' thing - so our recipe this week is for the stay-at-home football fans! The recipe for Television Cake was supplied by the Mennock Institute to this column's favourite recipe book 'The Anniversary Cook-Book of the Dumfriesshire Federation SWRI 1922-1992' - so once again our thanks are due to the Dumfriesshire Federation SWRI.
 
Television Cake
 
Ingredients : 6 oz (175 g) margarine; 7 oz (200 g) self raising flour; 12 oz (350 g) fruit; 3 large eggs; 4 oz (100 g) soft brown sugar; 1 teaspoon mixed spice; 1 level tablespoon marmalade
 
Mix all the ingredients together and bake at 275 deg F; 140 deg C; gas Mark 1; for two and a half hours.

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