England’s most-capped player Fara Williams has been joined in the Women’s Super League Hall of Fame by her former international team-mate Rachel Yankey.
Williams, who was the first player to be inducted on Wednesday morning, appeared in every WSL season until her retirement in May.
Both players won two WSL titles, Williams with Liverpool in 2013 and 2014, and Yankey with Arsenal in 2011 and 2012.
The pair were team-mates for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games and each made more than a century of appearances for England, Williams finishing her international career with a record 172 caps.
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Chair of the WSL Hall of Fame panel Kelly Simmons said: "I am delighted that Fara is our first inductee.
"She is one of those players that can do something special when you least expect it, and because of that - as well as having been an ever present in the Barclays FA Women's Super League prior to her retirement - the panel was unanimous in her being inducted.
"Not only was she an incredible player but she is a wonderful person, and she is fully deserving of her induction into the inaugural Barclays FA Women's Super League Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Fara."
Williams played her final WSL match in May, when she appeared for Reading in a 5-0 defeat against Chelsea.
At the time of her retirement, Williams was fourth on the league's all-time list for number of assists with 28. She now works as a coach and a pundit.
"Wow... I'm honoured to be inducted into the Barclays FA WSL Hall of Fame," Williams wrote on Twitter.
"Growing up playing on my estate I never dreamed of being a professional footballer. I just loved the game and still do now, so to be recognised in this way is so special to me and such a huge honour."
Yankey is one of the most decorated British players in the women's game having won every domestic honour possible with Arsenal, including eight league titles.
During a 20-year career, the skilful winger also played for Fulham, Birmingham, Notts County, Laval Dynamites and New Jersey Wildcats. She won 129 caps for England, scoring 19 goals.
“I'm delighted that Rachel Yankey has been unveiled as one of the first ever Barclays FA WSL Hall of Fame inductees," journalist and member of the WSL Hall of Fame selection panel, Suzanne Wrack said.
“She was always a player I admired and one of those individuals who you could tell genuinely enjoyed every minute she had on the pitch.
“Watching her as a player was an absolute pleasure and I'm thrilled she is taking that knowledge into coaching. She's fully deserving of her induction into the inaugural Barclays FA WSL Hall of Fame.”
Two more players will be inducted into the WSL Hall of Fame before Thursday lunchtime.
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