06 Oct Fara Williams unveiled as first ever Barclays FA WSL Hall of Fame inductee
The newly launched Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame has announced Fara Williams as the first inductee of 2021.
Williams, who is England’s record cap holder, has had an illustrious career in the domestic game having played every season of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League before her retirement this year, playing for clubs including Everton, Liverpool, Arsenal and Reading.
Widely regarded as one of this country’s most gifted midfielders, Williams has been an integral part of every club she has played at, winning two Barclays FA Women’s Super League titles during her time at Liverpool.
Ahead of the current season, Williams record of 147 appearances in the league was fifth overall, while she was fourth on the all-time list for assists (28) and second for the number of chances created (266).
The Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame expert selection panel agreed that Williams was a worthy inductee based on her achievements in the league, but also the impact she has had on the women’s game during a career that spanned over 20 years.
Chair of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame panel, Kelly Simmons, said: “Induction into the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame is the highest individual honour offered by the league and I am delighted that Fara is our first inductee.
“She is one of those players that can do something special when you least expect it, and because of that, as well as having been an ever present in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League prior to her retirement, the panel was unanimous in her being inducted.
“Not only was she an incredible player, but she is a wonderful person, and she is fully deserving of her induction into the inaugural Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame. Congratulations Fara.”
Three more individuals are to be inducted by lunchtime tomorrow, with extended interviews with all four inductees available to watch on the ‘Inside the WSL’ show on Sky Sports Premier League at 6.00pm tomorrow evening [Thursday 7 October].
A dedicated website to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Hall of Fame will launch to coincide with the final inductee being unveiled at wslhalloffame.thefa.com. You can keep up with the latest inductee unveilings on the Barclays FA WSL Twitter page.
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