YOUNG female football stars are gearing up for a Scotland versus England clash in Greenock tomorrow to mark the 50th anniversary of the first official women's international fixture.

The under-15s match will take place at Ravenscraig Stadium, where the inaugural game was played in 1972, almost five decades after the ban was lifted on women's football.

The match is being held by Inverclyde Council in conjunction with the Scottish Schools Football Association.

Among the squad is local football star Millie Paton, 14, from Wemyss Bay.

Millie said: "I’m absolutely buzzing to be taking part in this game.

"To represent Scotland at any level is a huge honour but to be doing it at an anniversary match like this, especially where it all began, and so close to home for me, is everything."

Several of the players who took part in the original fixture will also attend the event, including Marian Mount, Sandra Walker, Linda Kidd, Rose Reilly and Elsie Cook, who help to organise the original match.

Scotland skipper Kate Fraser said: "It is a privilege to be part of a momentous occasion.

"We feel honoured that some of the players from the 1972 match are coming to watch us play."

Gillian Duffy, a local woman who is vice-president of The Scottish Schools Association, said: "It's really nice to know that we have played a small part to celebrate these remarkable women.

"I grew up in Larkfield and I had no idea of the historical significance of this stadium."

There are still some tickets available for the match.

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