Rose Reilly

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Rose Reilly
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Personal information
Full nameRose Reilly
Date of birth (1955-01-02) 2 January 1955 (age 64) [1]
Place of birth Kilmarnock, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Stewarton United
Senior career*
1963–1972 Stewarton & Thistle L.F.C.
1972–1973 Westthorn Utd L.F.C.
1973–1975 Reims
1973–1977 A.C.F. Milan
1978–1979 C.F. Jolly Cutispoti Catania
1980–1983 A.C.F. Alaska Lecce
1984–1986 A.C.F. Alaska Trani 80
1986–1988 A.C.F. Napoli Select
1988–1989 A.C.F. Firenze Casa '77
1989–1990 A.C.F. Oltrarno Firenze
1990–1991 A.C.F. Prato Sport
1994–1995 A.C.F. Agliana
National team
Scotland 10
Italy 22 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 14:09, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:47, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Rose Reilly (born 2 January 1955), whose married name is Rose Peralta, is a Scottish former women's association football player, who represented both the Scottish women's football team and Italian women's football team.

The Scotland women's national football team represents Scotland in international women's football competitions. Since 1998, the team has been governed by the Scottish Football Association (SFA). Scotland qualified in the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, and qualified for their first UEFA Women's Euro in 2017. As of December 2018, the team was 20th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

Italy womens national football team womens national association football team representing Italy

The Italy women's national football team represents Italy in international women's football at the senior level. The team is governed by the Italian Football Federation.


Club career

At Stewarton: Rose Reilly, aged 9 years old, shows the other children what she can do with a football. Rose Reilly a 9 anni.jpg
At Stewarton: Rose Reilly, aged 9 years old, shows the other children what she can do with a football.

Brought up in Stewarton in East Ayrshire, Scotland, Reilly began her footballing career at age seven with local boys' club Stewarton United and at one point attracted the interest of scouts from Glasgow side Celtic. [2] She made her debut for the women's side Stewarton Thistle Ladies in 1965 against the Johnston Red & White Rockets. She also competed in Hughie Green's Women's Football Tournament reaching the regional final, she was also part of the Stewarton side which lifted the inaugural Scottish Cup in 1971 and reached the first WFA Cup final the same year. In 1972 she moved to Westthorn Utd where she won the treble of Scottish Cup League Cup and the first League championship. Westthorn also reached the WFA Cup final losing 2–0 to Southampton. A desire to play football professionally saw Reilly to move to French professional ladies' side Reims in 1974. [2]

Stewarton town in East Ayrshire, Scotland

Stewarton is a town in East Ayrshire, Scotland. In comparison to the neighbouring towns of Kilmaurs, Fenwick, Dunlop and Lugton, it is a relatively large town, with a population of over 6,500. It is 300 feet above sea level. The town is served by Stewarton railway station.

East Ayrshire Council area of Scotland

East Ayrshire is one of thirty-two council areas of Scotland. It shares borders with Dumfries and Galloway, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire. The headquarters of the council are located on London Road, Kilmarnock. With South Ayrshire and the mainland areas of North Ayrshire, it formed the former county of Ayrshire.

Glasgow City and council area in Scotland

Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, and the third most populous city in the United Kingdom, as of the 2017 estimated city population of 621,020. Historically part of Lanarkshire, the city now forms the Glasgow City council area, one of the 32 council areas of Scotland; the local authority is Glasgow City Council. Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. Inhabitants of the city are referred to as "Glaswegians" or "Weegies". It is the fourth most visited city in the UK. Glasgow is also known for the Glasgow patter, a distinct dialect of the Scots language that is noted for being difficult to understand by those from outside the city.

The Scottish Women's FA had reacted to criticism from Reilly and two other players, Edna Neillis and Elsie Cook, by banning them sine die. [3]

Edna Neillis was a Scottish women's association football player, who represented the Scottish women's football team and played in the French and Italian championships.

After a six-month spell with Reims, Reilly was bought by A.C.F. Milan and played for the women's professional team for four years, winning two league titles in the process (of an eventual eight she was to win with a variety of Italian sides). Following on from her initial spell with Milan, Reilly continued to play in Italian football until the age of 40, including spells with the ladies' sides of Catania [4] [5] [6] and Lecce. [2] Reilly twice won the Serie A Golden Boot during seasons 1978 and 1981, scoring 43 and 45 goals respectively (including Italian Cup). [1] In the 1978–79 season she won championship titles in both Italy and France, playing for Lecce on a Saturday night and then flying to France to play for Reims on Sunday afternoons. [2]

A.C.F. Milan

ACF Milan was a women's football club based in Milan. Founded in 1965, the team won the FFIGC championship in 1970 and remained successful after the unification of the FICF and FFIGC championships into the Serie A, winning two championships and two national cups between 1973 and 1976, including a double in 1975. However the team played most of the 1980s in Serie B. 1988 marked Milan's return to Serie A, but the team subsequently chained two relegations, ending in third-tier Serie C.

Catania Comune in Sicily, Italy

Catania is the second largest city of Sicily after Palermo located on the east coast facing the Ionian Sea. It is the capital of the Metropolitan City of Catania, one of the ten biggest cities in Italy, and the seventh largest metropolitan area in Italy. The population of the city proper is 320,000 while the population of the city's metropolitan area, Metropolitan City of Catania, stood at 1,116,168 inhabitants.

Lecce Comune in Apulia, Italy

Lecce is a historic city of 95,766 inhabitants (2015) in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce, the second province in the region by population, as well as one of the most important cities of Apulia. It is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of the Italian Peninsula and is over 2,000 years old.

She eventually retired aged 40, [7] having won eight Serie A titles, a French title and four Italian Cups. [1]

International career

Despite having played ten times for her native Scotland and having no formal links to Italy prior to her move to A.C.F. Milan, Reilly was selected for the Italian women's national team and was voted the best player in the Italian team which won the (then unofficial) women's world cup in 1984. [8] It was reported that team captain Reilly scored in the 3–1 final win over West Germany in the northern Italian town of Caorle. [9]

FIFA Womens World Cup international association football competition

The FIFA Women's World Cup is an international football competition contested by the senior women's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's international governing body. The competition has been held every four years since 1991, when the inaugural tournament, then called the FIFA Women's World Championship, was held in China.

Captain (sports) member of a sports team

In team sports, captain is a title given to a member of the team. The title is frequently honorary, but in some cases the captain may have significant responsibility for strategy and teamwork while the game is in progress on the field. In either case, it is a position that indicates honor and respect from one's teammates – recognition as a leader by one's peers. In association football and cricket, a captain is also known as a skipper.

Caorle Comune in Veneto, Italy

Caorle is a coastal town in the Metropolitan City of Venice, Veneto, northern Italy, located between the estuaries of the Livenza and Lemene rivers. It is situated on the Adriatic Sea between two other tourist towns, Eraclea and Bibione.

At the 1985 edition of the Mundialito, Reilly featured in Italy's 1–0 win over the United States women's national soccer team, substituting in for Viviana Bontacchio on 63 minutes. [10] It was the American team's first ever appearance at international level.


In March 2007, Reilly was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame, with a place in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame following in November of that year. [11] [12]

Reilly picked up a special PFA Scotland Merit Award in 2011 becoming the first female recipient. [11] A portrait of Rose Reilly took centre stage at a new Scottish Football Museum exhibition celebrating 130 years of women's football in Scotland in July 2012. [13]

Personal life

In 2001, Reilly lived in Stewarton with her Argentinian husband Norberto Peralta and daughter, Valentina. [7]

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