Rose Reilly with Louise Baillie (17:30 BST)

Rose Reilly with Louise Baillie (17:30 BST)

Fri, May 10, 2024, 4:30 PM UTC

An exclusive event for all the family. Age 7+

With the success of the Lionesses having changed the map for women’s football forever, come and hear the legendary Ayrshire footballer Rose Reilly MBE, the only Scottish person to have won a football World Cup.

Despite her early and obvious skills on the park she was barred from playing football with the boys at school, and so took to disguising herself as a boy called 'Ross'.

During the 1960s and 1970s it was unheard of for a woman to be a successful football player in Scotland, so at just 17, Rose moved abroad to become a professional footballer with Reims in France before moving to AC Milan where, in 1983 she scored the winning goal in the Women's World Cup final which gave Italy the title over the United States of America, and was voted the world’s best female footballer. Rose also represented Scotland at international level.

Louise Baillie’s new book Spectacular Scottish Women tells the story of 30 inspirational women including poet Jackie Kay, percussionist Evelyn Glennie and Rose Reilly herself.

In conversation with Louise Baillie

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