Women's football legend Sylvia Gore MBE passes away at 71

Friday 09 Sep 2016
Sylvia Gore MBE was inducted to the National Football Museum Hall of Fame

The FA is deeply saddened to learn of the death of women’s football legend Sylvia Gore MBE.

Gore was the first female footballer to score for England, in a 3-2 victory over Scotland on 18 November 1972.

Gore, who was a long-standing member of The FA Women’s Committee, once netted 134 goals in a single season and was involved in women’s football for 60 years.

She played for Manchester Corinthians and Fodens, helping the latter to shock the all-conquering Southampton in the 1974 FA Women’s Cup Final, before going on to manage Wales in the 1980s.

In 1999 Gore won a special achievement award at the inaugural FA Women's Awards.

In 2014 she was inducted to the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame and then became the first female director at the Liverpool County FA.

FA participation and development director Kelly Simmons said: “Sylvia was an absolute pioneer for women’s football in this country and without her the game wouldn’t be in the position it is today.

“She made such significant contributions to the game on and off the pitch over many decades, making many friends in the sport along the way.

“She loved the game and just wanted women’s football to develop and grow, and played such a big part in its success.

“On behalf of everyone at The FA, I would like to send our sincere condolences to her family.”

FA chief executive officer Martin Glenn said: “We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Sylvia Gore.

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

By FA Staff