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Football pioneer Sylvia Gore MBE dies aged 71

On International Women???s Day 2016, Manchester City Women are delighted to announce the appointment of Sylvia Gore MBE as Club Ambassador.
Image: Sylvia Gore was involved in football for over 60 years

Sylvia Gore, England's first goalscorer in an official women's football international, has died at the age of 71.

Gore earned the nickname 'the Denis Law of women's football after scoring an incredible 134 goals in a single season and made history when she nettedin a 3-2 victory over Scotland in England's first official match on November 18, 1972.

The midfielder joined Manchester Corinthians in the 1950s and helped Fodens shock the all-conquering Southampton in the 1974 FA Women's Cup final.

She went on to manage Wales in the 1980s, was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the National Football Museum in 2014, and in March became an ambassador for Manchester City Women.

England captain Steph Houghton
Image: England captain Steph Houghton described Sylvia Gore as a 'legend of the women's game'

"Sylvia was a fantastic person to have around the club - a legend of the women's game," said current England and Manchester City Women captain Steph Houghton.

"She will be sorely missed by all of the players at Manchester City. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends at this sad time."

The FA said it was "deeply saddened" to learn of the death of Gore.

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Gore was made an MBE in the 2000 New Year Honours, for services to girls' and women's football.

She served on the FA Women's Committee, after a playing career that took in spells with Manchester Corinthians and Sandbach-based Fodens, and worked as a football development officer for Knowsley Council.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: "We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Sylvia Gore. Everyone at the FA has a great deal of respect for all that she achieved in the game and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time." 

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