Chelsea’s Sophie Ingle To Make Women’s Super League Appearance Record

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Sophie Ingle of Chelsea successful action during nan Barclays Women´s Super ... [+] League lucifer betwixt Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur astatine Stamford Bridge connected October 01, 2023 successful London, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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Welsh skipper Sophie Ingle is group to adjacent nan all-time quality grounds successful nan Women's Super League (WSL) this play contempt not playing successful nan first-ever play of nan competition.

If she plays immoderate portion of tomorrow's convention crippled distant to Aston Villa, Ingle will look successful nan WSL for nan 183rd clip matching nan grounds group astatine nan extremity of past play by Tottenham Hotspur's Kerys Harrop, who retired from nan master crippled complete nan summer.

Harrop had shared nan grounds done past play pinch West Ham's Kate Longhust (182 appearances) earlier she dropped down a section to subordinate Charlton Athletic. They some overtook erstwhile defender, Gilly Flaherty (177) nan scorer of nan first-ever WSL extremity successful 2011, who successful move took nan people from England awesome Jill Scott (175) earlier she retired successful 2022 aft winning nan UEFA Women's Euro.

All those players shared nan favoritism of playing successful each WSL play since nan title began successful 2011. The 32-year-old Ingle will beryllium nan first subordinate to clasp nan quality grounds successful spite of not playing successful nan inaugural season, erstwhile each squad played 14 games.

For Ingle to person achieved this feat, overtaking nan likes of Steph Houghton (175) and Jordan Nobbs (172) - nan only 2 players remaining to person appeared successful each azygous WSL play - she has had to play 183 games retired of a imaginable 205, a singular level of consistency successful action for a subordinate from a Chelsea squad boasting unenviable extent successful talent.

Ingle initially joined Chelsea successful 2012 and made 22 appearances successful 2 seasons nether Matt Beard who moved her from near backmost to halfway backmost praising "her value connected nan shot and distribution and reference of nan game".

In 2014, she near Chelsea to subordinate chap WSL broadside Bristol Academy which enabled her to beryllium person to her Welsh location and play successful nan Champions League. There she made different 27 WSL appearances, scoring her first goals successful nan league. However, she was incapable to forestall nan broadside finishing bottommost of nan convention successful 2015 and dropping retired of nan apical tier.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JULY 25: Sophie Ingle (L) and Caroline Weir of Bristol look dejected aft ... [+] conceding their 4th extremity of nan crippled during nan WSL lucifer betwixt Bristol Academy Women an Sunderland AFC Ladies astatine Stoke Gifford Stadium connected July 25, 2015 successful Bristol, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

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With liking successful her from respective clubs, Ingle was capable to support playing successful nan WSL by joining Liverpool successful December 2015. In 3 years location she won nan club's and player's Player of nan Year Award and made different 42 WSL appearances.

However, Ingle was yet to triumph a trophy and successful nan summertime of 2018, she decided to re-sign for Emma Hayes astatine Chelsea, who had conscionable won nan convention and Cup double. Although she vanished trophy-less successful her first play backmost successful London, she has subsequently won each azygous home honour going - 4 successive WSL titles, 3 successive Women's FA Cups, nan FA Continental Cup and nan FA Community Shield.

Chelsea's Sophie Ingle celebrates pinch nan convention trophy aft nan Barclays Women's Super League ... [+] lucifer astatine nan Select Car Leasing Stadium, Reading. Picture date: Saturday May 27, 2023. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Since rejoining Chelsea, she has doubly been rewarded pinch statement extensions and is presently tied to nan nine until June 2025. She has made different 91 appearances for nan nine scoring six goals including a extremity against Arsenal successful January 2020 which was nominated for nan FIFA Puskás Award.

In 2021, Ingle besides became nan first and only Welsh female to correspond nan Great Britain women's Olympic Football team, thing which told maine was "a crazy feeling". There she typically played successful each game, moreover captaining nan squad successful their last group crippled against Canada.

KASHIMA, JAPAN - JULY 27: Sophie Ingle #6 of Team Great Britain adjusts her captains armband during ... [+] nan Women's Group E lucifer betwixt Canada and Great Britain connected time 4 of nan Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games astatine Kashima Stadium connected July 27, 2021 successful Kashima, Ibaraki, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

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Last December, Ingle was recognized for her 'services to relation football' successful nan New Year Honors List and awarded nan OBE. Despite making 124 appearances for Wales, they person grounded to suffice for a awesome tournament. Winning nan UEFA Women's Champions League pinch Chelsea and representing Wales astatine UEFA Women's Euro 2025 stay nan 2 unfulfilled ambitions for an unsung heroine of nan women's game.

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