Legendary Linda Gorman dreams of World Cup glory for Ireland

Legendary Linda Gorman dreams of World Cup glory for Ireland

FAI Hall of Fame inductee Linda Gorman believes her dreams will come true next year when Vera Pauw’s Ireland takes to the World Cup stage in Australia.

50 years after her international debut in Wales, the legendary figure has been delighted with the national side's progress.

Gorman was inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside goalkeeping legend Shay Given this week.


She captained her country, managed the international team, played in the first women’s game with an official referee and became the first female coach to guide a Schoolboys team to a domestic treble.


Describing her honour as a ‘dream come true', she spoke to FAI TV about her own career and her hopes and aspirations for Vera Pauw’s team as they head to Australia next summer and outlined some of the opportunities that she believes a first World Cup experience will present for women’s football in Ireland.

The 69-year-old admitted: "This Hall of Fame award is a dream come true. I never thought that 50 years after my first international for Ireland I would be remembered and recognised so I am quite honoured.

"Football is a team sport and I feel privileged that I was selected from all the girls I’ve played with and worked with.

"I know I have had a huge career in football but this is for all the people I played with and the people I played against, for all the girls who haven’t been recognized, for all the stuff that they have done in women’s football, for the unsung heroes, for the guys who coached us to where we are now."


Looking ahead to next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup final, the former Ireland manager is hugely excited by the opportunities this historic tournament will present on the pitch in Australia and back home.

She added: "It will be 50 years from my first Ireland international in 1973 next year and here we are, going to the World Cup finals for the first time ever.

"It is the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s unbelievable what these players have achieved and I am so proud of every one of them. I look at Aine O’Gorman for example who is home-based and an inspiration for anyone who thinks they have to go to England to play for Ireland.

"The World Cup will be such an opportunity. We will hopefully have the best players in the world in a playground where everyone can see the biggest stars. It can be inspiring and I would like to see now that maybe some of our former women’s players will come back to the game, coach and manage and help us to make the most of this World Cup.

"Would I like to play in the World Cup? I would love to have the opportunity to be playing in a World Cup but I would not trade it for the career I have had because of the wonderful opportunities, the people I have met and those who have been fantastic influences on my life.

"It is a new era now with this fantastic Ireland team and it is upward we have to go."

Linda Gorman and Shay Given’s induction into the Hall of Fame completes the line-up of winners in the 32nd FAI International awards.