The lioness’ legend Carol Thomas was inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame


Carol Thomas, a pioneer of lionesses and women’s football in England as a whole, has been inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame.

Thomas was England’s team captain for the first time in 1976 at the age of just 20 and later became the first player, male or female, to lead England to a European tournament final when the Lions finished second in the 1984 UEFA Women’s Championship.

The FA’s ban on women’s football was not lifted until 1971 and England played its first international the following year. When Thomas was named captain in 1976, she was only the second player to lead the Lions and later became the first to reach 50 international caps.

Over the course of nine years, Thomas England led in seven consecutive international tournaments, including the previously mentioned European Championships in 1984, where a penalty defeat against Sweden was the small margin that decided it.

In 1985, the Thomas Mundialito trophy lifted for England, the unofficial World Cup, which was also the first international tournament with the United States.

Thomas received his award from FA’s head of women’s football, Sue Campbell, surrounded by the current Lions’ squad, for which she has done so much as a pioneer.

Thomas has received attention for what she has given women’s football / National Football Museum

“When we rebalanced the Hall of Fame as part of the National Football Museum’s commitment to women’s football, the only name that came up repeatedly was Carol Thomas,” commented NFM CEO Tim Desmond.

“Carol is obviously well respected and admired for what she achieved in the game; she is truly one of the giants on whose shoulders the current English players stand. I’m glad Carol is now inducted into the Hall of Fame, to take her place. among the greats of football. “

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