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Forgotten Lionesses: The trailblazers among England greats are only now getting due respect

As a show of respect and thanks, the FA set out to bring in from the cold, as it were, those former Lionesses who had never fully been honoured for their work and celebrate all those who had represented England at senior level. The celebration was intended to (almost) align with the 50th anniversary of the first official England international match after the ban on women's football in England was lifted: a 3-2 win over Scotland (who else?) on Nov.18, 1972.

A handful of the former players -- some from that early '70s squad through to those playing in the late '90s -- were in attendance at England's training base ahead of their friendly 2-1 win over the U.S. last month.
Sophie Lawson