Carol Thomas, a pioneer for the Lionesses and ladies’s soccer in England as an entire, has been inducted into the Nationwide Soccer Museum Corridor of Fame.
Thomas captained England for the primary time in 1976 on the age of simply 20 and later grew to become the primary participant, male or feminine, to skipper England in a European event ultimate when the Lionesses had been runners-up within the inaugural UEFA Girls’s Championship in 1984.
The FA’s ban on girls’s soccer was solely lifted in 1971 and England performed their first worldwide the next yr. When Thomas was named captain in 1976, she was solely the second participant to steer the Lionesses and later grew to become the primary to achieve 50 caps.
Over the course of 9 years, Thomas led England at seven consecutive worldwide tournaments, together with the aforementioned European Championship in 1984, the place a penalty shootout defeat in opposition to Sweden was the small margin that determined it.
In 1985, Thomas lifted the Mundialito trophy for England, the unofficial world cup, which was additionally the primary worldwide event to characteristic america.
Thomas was offered together with her award by FA director of girls’s soccer Sue Campbell, surrounded by the present Lionesses squad, for whom she has performed a lot as a trailblazer.
“Once we rebalanced the Corridor of Fame as a part of the Nationwide Soccer Museum’s dedication to Girls’s Soccer, the one identify that got here up repeatedly was Carol Thomas,” NFM chief govt Tim Desmond commented.
“Carol is clearly properly regarded and admired for what she achieved within the recreation; she is actually one of many giants on whose shoulders the present England gamers stand on. I’m delighted that Carol is now being inducted to the Corridor of Fame, to take her place amongst the greats of soccer.”
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