Rachel Williams of Birmingham City is challenged by Ashleigh Neville of Tottenham Hotspur and Jenna Schillaci Birmingham City Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women, WSL football match, Sportnation.Bet Stadium, Solihull, UK - 04 Dec 2019 Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

Long-serving striker departs Birmingham City

Birmingham City have today announced via their official website that striker Rachel Williams will leave the club following completion of her contract.

The 32-year-old has spent two separate stints at the club, firstly between 2011-2013 and then later returning to the club in April 2017 following the collapse of Notts County.

In her six years with the Blues, she has made 94 appearances, scoring an impressive 43 goals in total while becoming a fans’ favourite. The forward has played her part in the successes of Birmingham City over the years, most notably in the 2012 Women’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea in which she scored the all-important levelling goal which took the game to extra-time. Although the forward did miss the club’s first penalty in the dramatic shootout, Birmingham City did convert their next three as they went on to lift the silverware.

Despite a promising start following her return to the club from Notts County, the striker’s progress was halted as she suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury which saw her sidelined for 13 months. Williams went on to feature 42 times in her second spell with Birmingham City, becoming a leader to the younger members of the squad. The Leicester-born goalscorer began her career at the Leicester City Centre of Excellence before going on to make appearances for The Foxes at senior level along with Doncaster Rovers Belles, Chelsea and Notts County.

Williams has also featured heavily in the England youth setup, most notably scoring on her England Under-19 debut, whilst still being an Under-17s player. Unfortunately, her international career was hampered by injuries as she failed to make herself a regular in the squad. Williams has enjoyed 13 senior appearances for the Lionesses, scoring four goals along the way.

The forward becomes the second player to leave the SportNation.bet Stadium this week following the announcement of teammate Kerys Harrop’s departure yesterday.

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