Lily Parr statue unveiled at National Football Museum
Members of Manchester High School for Girls’ football team were invited to the National Football Museum to witness the unveiling of the new Lily Parr statue on Monday 3rd June.
Lily Parr, who scored an astonishing 980 goals in 833 during her 32-year career, is widely considering to be the greatest female footballer of all time. The statue, sculpted by Hannah Stewart, is the first statue of a female footballer in the UK.
The girls were also invited to take part in the National Football Museum’s Women, Football and Society session, which explored the history of women’s football from the 1980s to the present day through drama.
Sasha McTiffin, captain of Manchester High’s football team, said: “I never really considered that it was completely banned for women to play football. With the excitement around the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup, it’s hard to image a world without women’s football. I have always loved playing and I’m not sure what I would’ve done if somebody had told me that I wasn’t allowed to anymore. Lily Parr was a real champion and I felt very lucky to be there to see her statue being unveiled.”
Mrs Rowley, who accompanied the girls on the trip, said: “It was a really memorable day for the girls. It’s always fantastic to see girls so excited about football and they loved talking to former England captain, Faye White, about her career and what she gets up to now. The team at the National Football Museum were brilliant and I’m so glad that we went along.”
Many girls were interviewed for national television channels and newspapers, with Newsround, Channel 5 and ITV News featuring our girls on their flagship daily programmes.