Gilly Flaherty has retired after a successful playing career.
The 30-year-old made 176 Women’s Super League appearances, which puts her top of the all-time appearance holder, over taking Jill Scott at the start of this season.
Over her senior career she has played for; Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool. But started off in the Millwall youth team.
Flaherty started her senior career at Arsenal under Emma Hayes, making 76 appearances for the Gunners, with her debut at just 15 years old.
She won the quadruple with Arsenal back in the 2006-07 whilst also being part of the squad that where the first English team to win the UEFA Women’s Cup. Which is now known as the UEFA Champions league.
After her brilliant spell at Arsenal she moved to re-join Hayes at Chelsea, where she stayed with the Blues for 4 years gaining 57 league caps. Flaherty won the double with them back in 2015, the FA Cup and the WSL.
As she got older the trophies were lowering in her career but her leadership and experience always shone through. She moved back to East London to captain West Ham United for 4 years gaining over 100 appearances in Claret and Blue.
She also went on to win Hammer of the year back in 2019.
With Matt Beard leaving his role as the Hammers boss in 2021 it was easy for Flaherty when her contract ran out to go and re-join Beard with newly promoted Liverpool side at the start of the 2022/23 season.
The 30-year-old didn’t have the easiest of times at her short career at Liverpool but her experience helped keep the Reds out of the relegation zone which has been their goal from the start of the season.
Due to personal reasons Flaherty announced her retirement back at the start of January. We wish her all the best in the future.
It wasn’t just in the WSL Flaherty made her name, she played all the way from under 15s in the England rank and managed to play 10 first team appearances that’s started back in 2015 under Mark Sampson.
Over Gilly Flaherty amazing 15-year career, she has won 21 trophies with majority coming from Arsenal.
She definitely had a career to remember.