International Women’s Day 2016 has been used to celebrate the growing equality between the sexes and the rise of feminism. Similarly, the growth of Yeovil Town Ladies FC has seen the club become more respected and has symbolised an increase of interest women’s football.
To mark both IWD2016 and YTLFC, here are three of the club’s best players from it’s 26-year existence.
3) Rachael Edwards
What better place to start than with the player who led Yeovil Ladies out in their first ever game in the FA Women’s Super League as captain? Like many female footballers, Rachel Edwards’ journey into the sport is an inspiring one.
When she was 17-years-old, Edwards was told she would never kick a ball again due to injury troubles including multiple dislocated knees. However, she went on to become a rock in the centre of the Glovers defence, and skippered the side as they made their dream transition from Premier League to Super League.
2) Sarah Wiltshire
Welsh international Sarah Wiltshire is a skillful forward who can be played both as a striker or on the wing. Starting her career with Arsenal, she made a name for herself with Watford before moving to Yeovil in 2014.
An incredible run of form saw her end the season with an enviable return of 10 goals from 11 games, and Manchester City Women came calling. Luckily for Yeovil, Wiltshire found it difficult to get games at City and made a welcome return to Somerset less than a year later.
1) Helen Bleazard
Wiltshire’s Wales team-mate Helen Bleazard takes the top spot on our list, although there are plenty others who could have been included.
Born in the town, ‘Blez’ is currently in her third spell with Yeovil having also played for Bristol Academy, Keynsham Town and Chelsea in her career. In the current side it seems she has found a club to ‘settle down’ with, and her committed and passionate performances have made her a hit with the fans.
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