On This Day: Rosie Kmita becomes first professional West Ham United women's player

It was on this day in 2018 that Rosie Kmita became the first female player to sign a professional contract in West Ham United history.

The winger and former captain spent two years with the Irons, moving with the side from the Women’s Premier League Southern Division as they progressed to become a Women’s Super League outfit. 

Kmita captained the Irons to the FA WPL Plate glory in 2017/18 and also lifted the Goodmove.co.uk trophy with the team.

West Ham’s first ever professional female footballer also scored in the side’s first win in the FA WSL – a 2-1 victory against Yeovil Town in September 2018. 

She made 38 appearances in Claret & Blue, scoring 14 goals, before departing the club at the end of the 2018/2019 season. 

Kmita has recently retired from professional football, leaving Watford to focus on alternative career interests.