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Winwick volunteer to visit Buckingham Palace for FA's 150th anniversary
IN a career spanning South America to Monte Carlo, one Winwick volunteer’s next stop will be Buckingham Palace after receiving an invitation to the Football Association’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
Sylvia Gore MBE, aged 68, is among 150 volunteers attending the Palace on Monday to be presented with a medal by FA president, the Duke of Cambridge.
Nicknamed the Dennis Law of the women's game for once scoring 134 goals in a single season, Sylvia has been chosen for her outstanding contribution and service to football.
A pioneer of the women’s game, she scored England’s first goal in their debut 3-2 win against Scotland in 1972, managed the Wales team in the 1980s and has dedicated her life to volunteering for Liverpool FA.
Accolades include a UEFA prize in 2000 and Sylvia is excited at the prospect of mixing with royalty at the event.
“I was a bit taken aback as there are about 400,000 volunteers in the country and to be chosen was fantastic,” she said.
“I visited Monte Carlo to receive the UEFA magnificent seven award and got to meet Michel Platini and Sir Alex Ferguson. That was absolutely amazing, but this crowns the lot. It will be something special and I probably won't sleep that night.”
Sylvia, registered disabled after suffering a back injury in her 30s, travelled to South America aged 13 as part of the Manchester Corinthians team who toured the globe.
She has sat on the FA women’s committee for 20 years and is now a delegate for the Women’s Super League.
She was also one of the few involved in women’s football before the FA’s occupation in 1993 and believes the game is heading in the right direction.
“When I played for England we didn’t even have kits – now they're semi professional and getting sponsorship deals.
“But it's been my life, I’ve done it for the love of the game and I hope to be involved until the day I die.”