Chelsea Women have been crowned Women’s Super League champions for the fourth successive season – and become the first club to achieve that feat since the inception of the WSL in 2010.
The dramatic and tight title race went all the way to the last day of the season, when a 3-0 victory away at Reading this afternoon ensured Emma Hayes’s side ended the campaign with a two-point lead at the top of the WSL table, regardless of Manchester United’s win at Liverpool.
The title caps another memorable campaign for Chelsea, who have completed the Double for the third year running after our 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley.
But today is all about our Women’s Super League triumph; the sixth in our increasingly illustrious history. Hayes and her players have navigated a hectic fixture schedule – intensified by a backlog of games due to our progression in the Champions League and the Conti Cup – and again come through as England’s best.
Since the shock opening-day defeat at Liverpool in September, we have won 19 of our 21 fixtures and dropped just five points. High standards have been maintained throughout and when the going has got tough, the Blues dug deep.
A late equaliser at Arsenal by Sam Kerr, one of the stars of the campaign, springs to mind. As does the gritty 1-0 home win over Manchester United, the side that emerged as our closest challengers for the title.
With injury afflicting several key figures during the season, this triumph has been a real squad effort, something Hayes has underlined at regular intervals throughout the campaign. Every player is worthy of this title win, which ensures an epic campaign will live long in the memory of supporters.
Congratulations to everyone at Chelsea Women!