I’m feeling nostalgic this morning and have been thinking about Sylvia Gore since her passing in September. She was a legend in English Women’s Football on the pitch and off. Her death at age 71 makes me think about how important it is for all of us to remember and honor the players before us. They were young soccer girls as you were, full of passion for the sport and obsessed with kicking the ball about. Some made the choice to stay in the game after their playing days were over, making the women’s game stronger and more popular than ever before. Please consider a career path that allows you to work in the sport you love, as those before you did and are doing right now. It makes a difference. Sylvia Gore did, and oh what a difference she made. I’ll post a few of her career highlights below and here is an article from The Guardian to learn more.
- England’s first goalscorer in women’s international football.
- Scored 134 goals in one season!
- Manager of Wales in the 1980s.
- Football development officer for Knowsley council.
- Served on the FA women’s committee.
- MBE honors in 2000.
- Ambassador for Manchester City Women.
- Inducted into the hall of fame at the National Football Museum.
I couldn’t find a photo with permission to use so I gathered just a few of the many mentions of her on Twitter. #stayinthegame