Gilly Flaherty joined West Ham United on the back of four years with Chelsea F.C. Women, during which the centre-back secured two FA Women’s Super League championships and two Women’s FA Cups.
Flaherty moved to West Ham having won no fewer than 22 pieces of silverware during her career so far.
Flaherty made her senior debut for Arsenal in October 2006 in a League Cup contest with Birmingham City at just 15-years-old, and was a part of the Gunners squad that claimed a quadruple of trophies the following season.
That successful 2006/07 campaign saw Arsenal win the FA Women’s National Premier League, the FA Women’s Cup, the FA Women’s Premier League Cup, and also become the first English side to lift the UEFA Women’s Cup.
Flaherty would help Arsenal to six consecutive league titles between 2007 and 2012, with the side also winning the FA Women’s Cup on five occasions during her spell in north London.
A move to Chelsea was confirmed in January 2014 and Flaherty would become a crucial cog in the side that would win the team’s first ever major trophy – the FA Women’s Cup – in the summer of 2015.
The Blues would lift two ‘doubles’ with Flaherty at the heart of their defence, with the centre-back serving as the side’s vice-captain.
Flaherty also has nine England caps to her name, having made her Lionesses bow in a fixture with China in October 2015.
The centre-back's importance to West Ham was clear in her first season. Flaherty was named captain and played in all but one of the side's matches in the season. The defender scored her first goal for the Hammers in a draw against former side Chelsea, and led West Ham out at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup Final versus Manchester City.
In her second campaign with West Ham, Flaherty featured in 19 matches in all competitions as the season was curtailed early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The captain signed a new, two-year deal ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Flaherty was once again an integral part of the West Ham United backline during the 2020/21 season, playing in 21 of the 22 WSL matches.