Gender doesn’t stop you being recognised as a legend


And neither should it.

Birmingham City have inducted a new player into their ‘Hall of Fame’ to sit alongside luminaries already residing there such as ex-stalwart and 23-cap England keeper Gilbert ‘Gil’ Merrick and Britain’s first £1m footballer Trevor Francis. After collecting her 100th England cap, Karen Carney was honoured with her photograph being added to the wall of past heroes in the ‘Legends Lounge’ as St Andrews. She was introduced to the crowd at half-time where she was given a framed certificate confirmng her as a veritable Birmingham City legend.

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Carney was skipper of Birmingham City Ladies who took last season’s Women’s Super League by storm, being pipped to the title despite having a budget and resources dwarfed by rivals such as Manchester City and Chelsea’s ladies teams. Carney joined Birmingham City Ladies at the age of 11 and made her debut aged 14; her first international cap coming at the tender age of 17 in a 4-1 victory over Italy in 2005.

Good on you Birmingham I say.

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