Eniola Aluko & Katie Chapman inducted into Barclays WSL Hall of Fame

Ali Rampling
Eni Aluko and Katie Chapman have been inducted into the WSL Hall of Fame
Eni Aluko and Katie Chapman have been inducted into the WSL Hall of Fame / Ben Hoskins/GettyImages
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Eniola Aluko and Katie Chapman have become the second and third 2022 inductees into the Barclays WSL Hall of Fame, following in the footsteps of Karen Carney, who was inducted earlier on Thursday.

The trio have brought the tally of Barclays WSL Hall of Fame inductees up to seven, joining Kelly Smith, Fara Williams, Rachel Yankey and Emma Hayes.

The WSL Hall of Fame was first launched in 2021 to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the league. It aims to recognise and honour those who have left a lasting positive impact on the WSL.

Aluko played for Birmingham - her childhood club - and Chelsea during her time in the WSL, winning two league titles with the latter.

She also earned over 102 caps for England, and enjoyed a dual career during her playing days after studying for a degree in law.

Broadcaster Jess Creighton - Barclays WSL Hall of Fame panel member - said: “Eni Aluko is a thoroughly deserving Barclays WSL Hall of Fame inductee.  

“As a player she set exceptionally high standards and was a key part of the growth in quality and popularity of the Barclays WSL. In a career full of goals and major trophies, Eni also broke down many barriers along the way.  

“It's great to see her trailblazing contribution recognised as she continues to utilise her wealth of knowledge of the game as a broadcaster and administrator.” 

Chapman represented Arsenal and Chelsea during her time in the WSL, winning four league titles - adding to the four league titles she had already won with Fulham and Arsenal prior to the WSL's formation.

The midfielder earned 96 caps for England and - like Aluko - was part of the Lionesses side that won bronze at the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

Former Arsenal head coach Vic Akers - member of the Barclays Women’s Super League Hall of Fame selection panel - said: “I’m so pleased that Katie Chapman has been unveiled as the third inductee to the Barclays WSL Hall of Fame for 2022. 

“I had the pleasure of working with her when she was at Arsenal and I truly believe she is one of our most underrated players. She could dominate a midfield and her leadership on and off the field was something to admire. 

“Watching her as a player was an absolute pleasure and the influence she had on the players around her was remarkable. I’m over the moon that Katie has been recognised for her impact on the women’s game and inducted into the Barclays Women’s Super League Hall of Fame.” 

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