Marie Hourihan retires from her illustrious playing career in the game

Marie has retired from the “fast lane” following an exceptional playing career with Manchester City, Chelsea, SC Braga, Birmingham City and Brighton and Hove Albion

She was for many years the Ireland Number One

Marie won every domestic trophy in England & Portugal during her playing career and appeared in four Champions League tournaments for four different sides

Marie played her final season in the WSL as Number One at Birmingham City

An incredible and illustrious career and DDG is so very proud to have represented her during this wonderful period and our MD Steve Harrison recalls meeting her originally at Macclesfield station and heading across to the Etihad Stadium as we handled Chelsea to Manchester City transfer deal… the first of many years of advice and friendship

Birmingham City v Manchester City – SSE Women’s FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

In Marie’s own words:

“As a kid I didn’t think it was possible for me to become a professional football player. I’m happy I was wrong”

“For the past eleven years I’ve been privileged to play alongside and against some of the best players in the world. Granted, conceding a few goals along the way!

“To my team mates, coaches and support staff that I’ve worked with, I say thank you and wish you all the very best for the upcoming season. Which on the back of the magnificent Euros performance by the Lionesses, will be the best yet.

“For me now it’s time to step away from playing and move into another area of the game and embracing a new challenge.”

A summary of Marie’s decorated career is here:

English WSL Title 🏆🏆

English FA Cup 🏆🏆🏆

English Continental League Cup 🏆

Portuguese League Cup 🏆

In action for SC Braga

European Champions League – Competed for 4 Clubs

International – 24 Republic of Ireland Caps 

Meeting her Irish fans…

Good Luck with the next stage of your career Marie… watch this space folks!

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