Women’s Football Pioneer Sylvia Gore Dies at 69

By on Friday, September 9, 2016

sylvia-gorePrescot-born footballer Sylvia Gore has passed away at the age of 69.

Sylvia was brought up in South Avenue and attended Our Ladies’ Junior School and St Edmund Arrowsmith Secondary School at a time when opportunities for girls to play football were few and far between.

Despite not being able to play in her school team, she was spurred on in the sport by her father and uncle – both one-time players with Prescot Cables Football Club.

At the age of 12, she was accepted by Manchester Corinthians, and later moved to Fodens.  In 1972, she joined the England women’s national football team and made history by becoming the first female to score for England.

Her incredible goal-scoring ability earned her the title the ‘Denis Law of Women’s Football.’

Sylia retired from playing at the age of 35, and became a coach and manager. In 2000, she was made an MBE in recognition of her pioneering role in the sport.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said he was saddened to hear of Sylvia’s death from cancer.

“Everyone at The FA has a great deal of respect for all that she achieved in the game,” he said, “and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.”

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