Kate Longhurst: Hammers Legend
It is always believed that Longhurst has been at West Ham forever but she started her career at local club Colchester United, where she went through many age groups in the academy and went on to make 32 appearances in the first team.
Scoring 18 goals in 21 games, before getting transferred to Watford.
At the time Watford were in the National League, so it was a big jump from coming from tier 5. But she managed to show her class by getting the big move to Liverpool.
Silverware wise Liverpool was the club she has won the most by winning the Women’s Super League twice in years 2013 and 2014.
The midfielder was at Liverpool for 5 years gaining 68 caps before joining her beloved West Ham United.
Just like Mark Noble, Longhurst knows what it’s like to be a fan but also to represent her club and she has always made it known how much she cherishes every moment.
West Ham hasn’t given her as much team based trophies unlike her other clubs, but for herself she has one a few.
Hammer of the year twice, player’s player twice and coaches’ player once, since she joined in 2018.
The West Ham fan has helped them majorly due to the fact she can play all over the pitch. She came in as a midfielder but recently plays a lot at left back and occasionally CB with West Ham’s injury issues.
At the start of last year, the 33-year-old played her 100 cap for West Ham against Leicester City.
Since she has joined she has scored 10 goals and got 16 assists in all competitions for The Hammers.
Arguably her favourite goal was her equaliser against Tottenham, followed by a celebration that proved her loyalty to the club.
Her most remarkable moment with The Hammers was playing in the FA Cup final at Wembley back in 2019 against Manchester City.
Longhurst has made it clear that she will retire at West Ham but doesn’t seem ready to do so yet, as she has recently signed an extended two-year deal which will take her to the summer of 2024.
She is a major player for the Irons and whilst they’re pushing up the league they hope she won’t go anywhere, anytime soon.
Can Kate Longhurst win silverware with West Ham before she retires?