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Spurs Ladies goalkeeper Toni-Anne Wayne hangs up her gloves

Posted on 17 May 2018  - 13:05

Toni-Anne Wayne, a key player in Spurs Ladies' rise to the top of women's football, has announced her retirement at the end of the season.

Toni-Anne in action this seasonToni-Anne with the team after clinching promotion to the Women's Super LeagueToni-Anne with the team after clinching the FA Women's Premier League South title at the Lane last seasonToni-Anne warms up before last week's WSL 2 match against Villa

The curtain will come down on the goalkeeper's career when Spurs take on London Bees in their final match of their first Women's Super League 2 campaign at Cheshunt FC on Sunday.

Toni-Anne, 35, joined Spurs at the start of the 2014-15 season and has been a super-consistent performer since, her experience key as the team completed a season to remember in 2016-17, culminating in clinching the FA Women's Premier League (FAWPL) title at White Hart Lane and promotion into the WSL via the FAWPL North/South play-off. The team completed the FAWPL double last season and won the Boux Avenue Cup.

Below: Toni-Anne in action this season

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Toni-Anne first joined a girls' team aged 10 and represented England at the 2002 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

She said: "Sunday is going to be really hard. I have spent four seasons with these girls and they have been the best of my career.

“My family will be there too and I cry at anything, so I’m sure there will be a few tears.

"Football at this level has taken up my life, it’s time for me to enjoy more free time and I feel I have done as much as I can in goal.

"When I left Brighton four seasons ago, I had lost the love for football and was planning on retiring then. However, Karen (Hills, manager) approached me and convinced me to come to training at Tottenham. I had always played against them and as soon as I had my first training session, I knew that it would be a good fit and that I would get on with everyone. Tottenham helped me to regain my love for football."

Karen added: "Toni-Anne has been a massive part of this team for the last four seasons and her retirement is a big loss for us.

"She is certainly leaving us in a much better place then whe she joined us and she's had a huge impact on everyone as we've reached the Women's Super League. We'll miss her and we wish her well."