THEATRE: Wee Scots girl who cropped her hair to play football with the boys

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Douglas Timmins writes:  Rose Reilly was a wee Scots girl who cropped her hair to play football with the boys. She became a Scottish international woman’s player but fed up with male chauvinists and the limits of freedom in the woman’s game in Scotland she moved to Italy in the 70’s where she became a household name, and then the most famous woman footballer on the planet.
Scotland rewarded her by banning her from ever playing again for Scotland.
But Italy offered her citizenship and the honour of the captaincy of their international team.
With Italy she won the Woman’s World Cup and with her club, 8 league titles. She married an Argentinian surgeon and later, with him, moved back to Scotland to settle….
Now there has been a play written about her which is being performed for the first time.
In Oran Mor, Glasgow this week at Play Pie and A Pint ‘Rose’ by Lorna Martin is being staged.
The Scottish soccer Taliban of the seventies had no idea who they were going to lose, Rose was good, the best in the world. With no regrets.

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