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Shepherd honoured at End of Season awards

The retiring skipper made her first Rovers appearance back in 2005

2 May 2019

Rovers Ladies captain Lynda Shepherd was honoured at Blackburn Rovers’ End of Season awards night at Ewood Park.

The 33-year-old was invited up on stage to be presented with a gift from the club in appreciation of her outstanding service to the Ladies team.  

She made her first Rovers appearance back in 2005 but is now calling time on a glittering career at the end of the season.

And she feels it’s the right time to hang up her boots for good.

“Obviously I’m excited to retire, put my feet up and have a rest, and a break from Gemma,” Shepherd said jokingly.

“It’s been brilliant. The girls, they make it every single week.

“I’ve been here 11 years now so I think it’s very special and I will be sad to leave. But the time is right.”

In between spells at Women's Super League sides Liverpool and Manchester City, the former Northern Ireland international has racked up 257 appearances for Rovers, scoring 54 goals.

The midfielder can look back with pride on her achievements at Rovers, which include four league titles, lifting three on the bounce as captain, two back to back League Cups and the Lancashire Challenge Cup as well.

She's also won personal accolades too, being recognised by her fellow players in picking up the FA Women's Premier League Players' Player of the Year in 2015/16.

Even in the autumn of her career, Shepherd has been an ever present this season, starting 32 of Rovers' 34 games and coming off the bench twice to lead the team, scoring nine goals and collecting two Player of the Match awards in the process. 

“It makes me smile a lot. But it’s not just me, I don’t do it just for me. I do it for the girls who work hard every single week as well.

“Everything we’ve got I think we’ve deserved.”

 


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