27-year-old Karen Carney was proclaimed a Blues legend after collecting her 100th cap for England.
Birmingham City honoured Karen Carney yesterday by inducting her into their Hall of Fame after she collected her 100th cap for England against Germany last November. The 27-year-old striker has played with Birmingham City Ladies since 2011 in her second stint with the club.
The Solihull-born forward was honoured with her photo being added to the wall of past heroes in the Legends Lounge at St Andrew's in a ceremony conducted by the honorary Vice-President of the club, Mike Wiseman. She was also introduced to the St Andrew's crowd at half-time where she was handed a framed certificate confirming her status as a Birmingham City legend.
She joins such luminaries as Gil Merrick and Trevor Francis in being honoured in this way and is the first member of the ladies team to see their photo on the wall.
Carney skippered the Birmingham City Ladies side that took the Women's Super League by storm last year and who were just pipped to the title despite having far fewer resources and a much smaller budget than their rivals at Manchester City and Chelsea.
The striker was unlucky as it was her missed penalty in the final match against Notts County that meant that Birmingham City Ladies could only draw and thus miss out on topping the final table.
Carney joined Birmingham City Ladies at 11 and made her first team debut at the age of just 14. She won her first international cap when 17 in the 4-1 victory over Italy in 2005 and was the youngest player to make her debut under Hope Powell. Carney also played five times for Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic Games.