Rose Reilly

The only Scot to win the world cup, Rose Reilly was awarded a Doctor of the University for her outstanding contribution to sports and to women’s football.

Recognised as Scotland’s greatest ever woman footballer and voted the world’s best female player in 1984, Rose captained the Italian squad that won the Women’s World Cup that same year.

Rose’s enormous trailblazing contribution to the sport and inspiration to girls and women to play saw her inducted into the Scottish Sports and Scottish Football Halls of Fame and, in 2011, she was the first recipient of a special Professional Footballer’ Association Scotland Merit Award.

It’s just amazing for me to be here at the University getting this honour. I made my way in life with sheer determination and hard work. I had the talent but I worked very hard to get where I was. If everybody just works hard within themselves that’s all you can ask.

Rose Reilly
World Cup winner