Rose Reilly’s is a story fit for the big screen. In the 1970s, the teenager from Stewarton in Ayrshire was attracting attention for her goalscoring, but opportunities to make a living in the game as a women did not exist. So Reilly left her homeland aged 17 for French club Reims.
There, she caught the eye of scouts and was signed by AC Milan, who she helped win every accolade available. The striker played for nine Italian clubs over 20 years, winning eight Italian titles and four Italian Cups.
A star in her adopted nation, and banned for life from playing for her own, Reilly captained Italy to the unofficial Women’s World Cup in 1984 and was named world player of the year.
She became the first woman to earn a place in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame and in 2019 the Scottish FA belatedly made moves to acknowledge her contribution, awarding her the 10 caps she had earned in a Scotland jersey.