WSL Hall of Fame – Potential Inductees for the Class of 2021
Posted On April 13, 2021
The FA has announced the launch of a Women’s Super League Hall of Fame as part of the tenth anniversary celebrations, with the first class of Legends to be inducted later this year.
Countless people, from players and coaches, club staff and league officials, have been instrumental in the development of the WSL, which will continue over the next several years.
A panel of experts will assess and examine who deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Here is an overview of the potential candidates who have a chance to be part of this first class …
Bonner started his WSL career with Chelsea in the inaugural season in 2011 and captained back-to-back Liverpool titles in 2013 and 2014. The defender has been an important player with Manchester City since 2018 and arguably deserves more England caps. . .
Not much played a role in Arsenal WSL’s three triumphs, either side of a successful spell overseas in the United States with Seattle Reign, as they were called at the time. She has a prolific goalscoring record for a midfielder and led the WSL in both goals and assists in 2012.
Few international caps with England make Williams an often underrated player in WSL history. The forward was the top scorer in the very first WSL season and played in the competition for Birmingham, Chelsea, Notts County and now Tottenham.
Cushing was promoted to Manchester City manager ahead of the club’s very first top-flight season in 2013 and remains one of the most successful coaches in WSL history. His team won the 2016 title, as well as several national cups over the years.
Flaherty has won four WSL titles during her illustrious career, as well as the 2017 Spring Series, having spent more than a combined decade with Arsenal and Chelsea between 2006 and 2018. She has remained ever present in the league and is now with West Ham.
White has had a prolific WSL record for Arsenal, Notts County, Birmingham and Manchester City over the past ten years. The England heroine is one of the league’s all-time top scorers and her career development has reflected the growth of the WSL.
Harvey was manager of the Arsenal squad which won the WSL Trophy in 2011 and 2012. She was only 29 when she was appointed manager in 2010 and is considered a great loss to English football due to of his work in the United States for the last nine years.
Bronze was named the best player in the world by FIFA in 2020 and could soon claim to be the best English player of all time. The right-back won the WSL title with Liverpool (twice) and Manchester City and was named PFA Player of the Year in 2014 and 2017.
Another multiple champion is Chapman, one of the true pioneers of taking women’s football in England to the next level as the WSL era beckoned. The fierce midfielder won the new league twice with Arsenal and later with Chelsea.
Yankey became one of the first stars of English women’s football following her two stints with Arsenal and a long career in England. Having already dominated the previous elite, she clinched two WSL titles at the start of the new era in 2011 and 2012.
Beard managed Liverpool to win back-to-back WSL titles in 2013 and 2014, ultimately breaking Arsenal’s long-standing domestic dominance and ushering in a new era of competitiveness. He has also managed Chelsea, West Ham and Bristol City in the league.
Scott is breaking new ground in broadcast and presentation, but she was first and foremost a star on the conquering side of Arsenal. The former full-back returned from a stint in the United States to join the Gunners for a third spell in 2012 and won the WSL title that year.
Carney is another who pushes the boundaries of media work. Like Scott, she is also one of the most successful and greatest players of all time in England, having played for Birmingham and Chelsea during the WSL era and won FA Cups with each club.
Scott was one of the players who defined the growth and development of the WSL, playing the auspicious season in 2011 at the age of 24 and remaining in the league at a high level throughout. She won the title with Manchester City in 2016.
Williams played for Everton, Liverpool, Arsenal and Reading in the WSL and made a big impact for all of them. She has won back-to-back titles with Liverpool, is England’s most capped player of all time, male or female, and is still going strong for Reading at the age of 37.
Houghton was a two-time WSL champion with Arsenal but truly established himself as a WSL legend as captain of Manchester City, winning his third title there in 2016. The center-back has also been an English skipper since 2014.
Smith began her long-standing association with Arsenal in the 1990s and returned to north London for her third stint with the Gunners in 2012. She was England’s first modern superstar and inspired a whole generation of players who are now forging their own way in the WSL.
Stoney has as much of an impact in the WSL as a manager as she does as a player. The former Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool player was named Manchester United’s first boss in 2018 and has overseen a rapid rise thanks to her meticulous approach and high standards.
Hayes has racked up more wins than any manager in WSL history and Chelsea has become a destination for world-class players under his leadership. She’s been in charge since 2012 and has guided the Blues to three titles since 2015, as well as the 2017 Spring Series.
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