Doncaster Belles: Gold England cap awarded to legend Coultard

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Former Doncaster Belles ace Gill Coultard has been awarded a commerative gold cap for reaching 100 England appearances for the women’s football team, and she was the first to reach the magnificent milestone.

The tough-tackling, trailblazing midfielder retired from the game back in 2001 since first beginning her stunning football career back in 1976 with the Belles.

Her impressive time in the top flight saw Coultard win two National League titles and six FA Women’s Cup finals during a 24-year career with the Doncaster club.

Having made 119 appearances for England, the nation’s former skipper was invited to the FA Women’s Football Awards ceremony on Friday to collect a commerative gold cap to mark her incredible milestone.

Coultard, who is a breast cancer survivor, was on hand to collect her award at the London ceremony alongside current England vice-captain Alex Scott who reached her 100-cap landmark against Russia in the summer.

After setting the international benchmark, former Belles ace Coultard - who currently works in Castleford following a coaching career down south - is still only the second most-capped England Women’s player after Arsenal’s Rachel Yankey reached her 120th cap last year.

Pictured at the FA Women’s Football Awards are l-r: Sheila Edmunds (Belles president), Gill Coultard, Belles manager Gordon Staniforth and the club’s director of football Julie Chipchase. Photo: Carl Lygo.