The announcement was released earlier today in an official press statement by the Football Association. Fara Williams MBE became the first inductee into the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame this morning, which prompted the announcement.
Yankey was a member of the Arsenal team that won the FA Women’s Super League 1 title for the first time in 2011, and she went on to win it again the following year.
The winger played for Arsenal for 11 years, five of which she spent in the FA Women’s Super League 1. She retired from football in 2016 after being released by Arsenal. Yankey retired from Meadow Park with 43 goals in 151 appearances for the club, as well as 22 winners’ medals.
Suzanne Wrack, writer and member of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame selection panel, stated of Yankey’s induction into the Hall of Fame that: ” I am delighted that Rachel Yankey has been unveiled as one of the first-ever Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame inductees.”
“She was always a player I admired and one of those individuals who you could tell genuinely enjoyed every minute she had on the pitch.”
“Watching her as a player was an absolute pleasure and I am thrilled that she is taking that knowledge into coaching. She is fully deserving of her induction into the inaugural Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame.”
Within the next 24 hours, two more people will be admitted into the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame, and lengthier interviews will be broadcast on Sky Sports’ ‘Inside the WSL’ show at 6 p.m. tomorrow on Sky Sports Premier League.
The Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame will have its website, wslhalloffame.thefa.com, to coincide with the announcement of the last inductee. The Barclays FA WSL Twitter page will keep you up to date on the latest induction announcements.