Here’s the first ever female footballer to get a statue [Photos]

By Robert Abong'o: Thursday, May 16th 2019 at 11:00 GMT +3 | Football
Hannah Stewart sculpting Lilly Parr's statue [Courtesy]

Women’s football pioneer and prolific left winger Lilly Parr is set to become the first ever footballer of her gender to be honoured with a life-sized statue.

Parr, who was the first woman to be inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame, graced the field for the first time almost 100 years ago.

The trailblazer’s statue will be unveiled at the National Football Museum, United Kingdom next month.

The full statue will be unveiled next month at the National Football Museum [Courtesy]

It was commissioned by the Football Association and with the work given to professional sculptor Hannah Stewart, the sculpture is meant to inspire the England women’s football team, the Lionesses, at the World Cup in France this summer.

Parr played for 32 years and scored close to 1000 goals.

Parr was a trailblazer for the women's game and scored 980 goals in her career [Courtesy]

“Women’s football is in a very strong place today with the England team helping us to drive participation and interest at every level. We have come a long way since Lily Parr’s days and she deserves recognition as a true pioneer of the sport,” said Marzena Bogdanowicz, the FA’s Head of Commercial and Marketing.

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