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Rose Reilly Pub Wide

 14  The Rose Reilly Pub: Celebrating a Legend

A pub has been listed on the site since at least 1892 and was renamed the Rose Reilly in 2022 to celebrate the only Scottish player to win the World Cup.


Rose started her football career with Stewarton Boys, with the help of a short haircut and a new name of Ross, to disguise the fact that she was a girl.  

Rose played in the first ever Scotland v England women’s international football match in 1972 at Ravenscraig Stadium in Greenock - Rose scored in the game, but Scotland lost the match 3-2.

After winning 10 Scotland caps, Rose was banned for life by the Scottish Football Association without explanation.

Rose Reilly Italy

Rose Reilly representing Italy.

Rose played in France and in Italy, including AC Milan, and won the French and Italian leagues in the same season.


An incredible career includes:

  • 8 Italian league titles and 4 Italian cups

  • Two golden boots

  • Named the world’s best footballer in 1983.

Rose was adopted by Italy, and played twenty times for her new country.

The pinnacle of this stellar career was winning the women’s World Cup for Italy in 1984 and scoring in the final against West Germany.

In 2007, Rose was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, and subsequently given an Honorary Doctorate from Glasgow Caledonian University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to women’s football.

The Rose Reilly Pub Frontage

The frontage of the Rose Reilly pub.

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