Former Arsenal goalkeeper, Emma Byrne, will become the first woman to be inducted into the FAI’s Hall of Fame.
The 39-year-old Irish goalkeeper spent 16 years with the Gunners after initially joining in 2000. During her time with the club she won almost everything possible.
Byrne won the Champions League, 11 league titles (two in the WSL, nine in the previous Premier League National Division), nine FA Cups, three WSL Cups and five Premier League Cups.
Overall, she was incredibly successful with Arsenal. The highlight of her time surely the quadruple achieved by the team in 2007 when Arsenal won everything on offer to them.
At the end of 2016 she was released by the club, and joined Brighton & Hove Albion for the 2017 season.
She announced her retirement from football in the summer of 2017, saying,
— emma byrne (@emmsb30) August 4, 2017
“From the time that she first burst onto the underage international stage at age 14, Emma was a fantastic servant to the women’s game, representing her country at every age level and winning multiple honours at club level,” said Chairperson of the Women’s Football Committee, Niamh O’Donoghue.
“She was a tremendous role model for young girls around the country and I’ve no doubt that she inspired an entire generation of girls to follow their dreams of becoming a professional footballer.”
FAI CEO John Delaney added: “To pull on the Ireland jersey is a special thing, but to do it on 134 occasions is quite remarkable. Emma has earned her right to be described as an Irish legend.
“Emma was a fantastic goalkeeper and ambassador for the women’s game. She deserves to have her name in the Hall of Fame, alongside some of the best players ever to represent Ireland.”
Byrne will be officially inducted on Sunday, March 17 at the ‘3’ FAI International Awards ceremony.