Lancashire footballer becomes first female player to be commemorated with statue

As the world prepares for the summer’s Women’s World Cup, homage is paid to a Lancashire football pioneer.

The Dick, Kerr Ladies forward, Lily Parr, is the first female footballer in Britain to be honoured with a statue at the National Football Museum.

Born in St Helen’s in 1905, Lily Parr, rose to fame as part of the legendary Dick, Kerr’s Ladies FC in the 1920’s.

Beginning her career at just 13-years-old, Lily moved to the team in 1920 when she began work at the Dick, Kerr Munitions Factory.

Scoring a staggering 986 goals for the team between 1920 – 1951, she was regarded as being the unrivalled player of her time.

Prior to her death in Goosnargh, 1978, Lily lived a relatively normal life, following the end of her sporting career.

Lily Parr in action, c. 1930

However, neither her name nor her memory can now be forgotten as a life-scale model of her has been immortalised in Bronze.

The statue was unveiled by Lily’s cousin, June Patten, and the striking monument will stand pride of place on the first floor.

Commissioned by Mars, the official supporter of England’s Women’s Team, the group hope that the statue will inspire other women to pursue football.

According to Gemma Buggins, Director of Mars Brand:

“Lily Parr was the heroine of her time in the sporting world and it is such an honour to be able to recognise her.”

“We hope this statue and our #SupportHer campaign inspires other women to follow their dreams as we get ready to enjoy an exciting summer of women’s football!”

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