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Shep proud to reach Rovers landmark

Lynda Shepherd has now played 250 games in blue and white

26 March 2019

Rovers Ladies captain Lynda Shepherd was thrilled to mark her 250th appearance for the club with a win.

The 33 year-old has scored 52 goals during her two spells at the club, playing her first game back in 2005. 

“It’s a privilege to play for this club and get to the landmark,” the Rovers skipper beamed. 

“It’s the most appearances a women’s player has made for the club. Hopefully there’s a few more to come.”

Shep has skippered the side for the last three years, lifting the league title twice and is now on the cusp of a third straight league trophy. 

Rovers also recorded their first ever League Cup triumph and another two County Cups during her time as captain. 

“These past three years, we’ve won the League, the League Cup and County Cup, hopefully we can finish off by winning them again. It would be nice because every year has produced a trophy. 

“The first League win was brilliant as it was the first time the club have ever done it, and same for the League Cup. 

“There was a lot of pressure on us so to get over that hurdle of winning a massive final. It was huge for the club and the team.”

Shepherd has played with some great players and against some great teams over the years. 

“We’ve had so many ups and downs. When I first started, we were playing the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea week in week out so that was brilliant. 

“Nat Preston was a great captain who I personally took and learnt a lot from. And someone as prolific as Katie Anderton who is the all-time leading goalscorer for this club.”

But she reserved special praise for the current crop of Rovers talent. 

“I think Saffron (Jordan) will beat what Kate’s done. Players coming in like Tash Flint, who is a very good player and will go on to do good things. 

“I love playing with Jess Holbrook, and Tash Fenton, who is coming into her own and I’d like to think she’s learnt some things from playing next to me. They all give me different memories.

“It’s great to lead these girls because they listen to what I’m saying and if they don’t agree, they challenge me as well, which is good for me as an individual. 

“I don’t settle and plateau out, as they keep me on my toes. That’s what you want from your teammates.”

The former Northern Ireland international admitted it was in the back of her mind to get to this point in her career. 

“I started here so young and although I did leave and go to other clubs, I’ve always said I’d finish my career here.

“I wouldn’t leave this club until it’s back in a good place and I think it is now. When I first came the club was in a good place and it’s been good to me so I want to give something back.”

Rovers Ladies are at home to Derby County Ladies at Bamber Bridge FC on Sunday, where a win will see them crowned league champions for the third successive season. 


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