Rose Reilly

Born in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire in 1955, Rose Reilly was recently the first ever woman to be inducted in to the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame, for her trailblazing career in women's football. Despite her early and obvious skills on the park, Rose was barred from playing football with the boys at school, and even took to disguising herself as a boy and calling herself 'Ross'.

During the 1960's and 1970's it was unheard of for a woman to be a successful football player in Scotland, and despite getting interested from scouts for footballing giants Celtic, the rules concerning females becoming professional footballers seemed to block her from ever progressing. 

She represented Scotland in the Commonwealth games Pentathlon but decided to follow her footballing dream, and move to Europe where women's football was much more developed. After a short spell at Reims in France she moved to A.C. Milan in Italy where she helped win eight Seria A titles, four Italian cups, and once scored 45 goals in a season with her team Alaska Lecce in 1981. She also represented Scotland at international level. 

Perhaps her greatest achievement was when she began to play for Italy, captaining the side 13 times, and in 1983 she scored the winning goal in the Women's World Cup final which gave Italy the title over the United States of America. 

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