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England welcome trailblazing Lioness as World Cup preparations ramp up

The Lions were visited by former England player Margaret ‘Paddy’ McGroarty, who was presented with her heritage number and unique heritage hat on the Sunshine Coast

The Lionesses welcome Margaret ‘Paddy’ McGroarty to coach the team(FA via Getty Images)

With the FIFA Women’s World Cup just days away from kicking off, Sarina Wiegman’s England team welcomed Margaret ‘Paddy’ McGroarty to practice with the team.

McGroarty, a member of the first British women’s team, has been invited to the Lions’ training facility on the Sunshine Coast to receive her heritage number and unique heritage hat. McGroaty made history as part of the team that featured in England’s first full international match against Scotland in 1972.

Lioness was capped six times, scoring two goals. Paddy, as he is affectionately called, currently lives in Melbourne, Australia and was unable to attend the team’s 50th anniversary celebrations last year.

Many of her teammates received custom hats as part of a special presentation at Wembley Stadium ahead of England’s game against the United States in October 2022. McGroarty was invited to attend. meet the team at Sunshine Coast Stadium today on Saturday.

After practice, the players and staff regrouped, with goalkeeper Mary Earps leading the presentation of her unique legacy exponents and numbers. This is an honor given to all 227 players who have played for the national team.

McGroarty was then invited to present quarterback Lucy Staniforth with her old hat, as the only member of the itinerant team to have yet to receive the award.

Mary Earps of England said: “It was an honor to meet Paddy today and we are delighted that she made the journey from Melbourne to meet us. The 1972 team plays a special role in the history of the company. game.

The Lionesses gave McGroarty her inheritance hat

“Anything achieved after that would not have been possible without that group of women leading the way and breaking down barriers. We stand on their shoulders. The #6 legacy means she will always be the one. one of us. Once a Lioness, always a Lioness.”


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