Rose Reilly

(B.1955)
Football
Inducted in 2007

A trailblazer for women’s football, Rose Reilly started her sporting career in Scotland, when at 16 she was chosen to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games pentathlon. However, she decided to move on from the athletics track and concentrate on her skills on the football field, moving to mainland Europe to further her career. Her subsequent list of achievements is incredible considering the obstacles faced by female footballers in the early 1970s. At 17, Reilly had a trial for Rheims in France and by the age of 18 she was playing for AC Milan. She was voted best player in the victorious Italian World Cup team that played China in the final in 1983. During an impressive career, Reilly also won eight Serie A league titles, four Italian Cups, and the Golden Boot in 1983. She captained Italy 13 times during her international career.

Rose Reilly