Katie Thompson hangs up boots

Hull City Ladies Number 9, Katie Thompson, has today announced her retirement from football

On Sunday 28th January 2024, the electric forward will play her last game for the club, in the FAWNL Plate Quarter Final away at league rivals Barnsley

Katie has released a statement on the decision

“I don’t really know where to begin. This club has had my heart for over 10 years, and through it I have made some of my best friends, and some incredible memories from promotions, to big cup wins. I have loved every single minute of being a part of helping the club evolve and be what it is today. I am excited to see the continued growth as this squad and management have so much potential to strive for huge success

However, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to hang up my boots earlier than expected due to my commitments outside of the game. One thing I truly believe is that this club deserves players who can give 100% and be present and dedicated – unfortunatley this is something I am unable to fulfil any more

I will play my last game on sunday, but I will always be cheering the girls on. Once a Tigress, always a Tigress”

174 appearances for the Tigresses across 8.5 seasons, and 10 years, Katie has been a dedicated warrior and leader. She has scored 51 goals across this time, including 13 in City’s title winning 2018 season. Beyond goals Katie has lit up pitches across the FAWNL and scared more than her fair share of full backs, with her no touch step overs and Duracell-bunny style of play

Beyond the pitch our Number 9 has inspired and engaged a whole fanbase, always being a leader in the community and a cultural driver around the club. Katie inspires the young and sets standards for the most experienced, always taking responsibility first and foremost. We wish her the best of luck in her future career and in tackling the London Marathon in April

First Team Manager Chris Hames

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with Katie over the 18 month. Whilst I hoped this moment wouldn’t come I understand fully how and why it has, and if anyone has earned the right to make this decision on their own terms then Katie certainly has

From a personal perspective I cannot thank Katie enough: her energy, enthusiasm and love for this club and her teammates have made my job far easier and accelerated everything we have wanted to achieve. The culture and personality that Katie and Tanser have built, even through the tougher times at this club, have given us the platform to build new

Her contribution to this club over 10 years has been incredible, and has seen the best and some of the worst moments of this clubs history, but has remained passionate about it’s continued growth. Katie, thank you”

Support Katie’s Just Giving Page, London Marathon 2024 for Leukaemia Care  : https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Katie-Thompson274?utm_source=copyLink&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=Katie-Thompson274&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_term=5e6d9e05bdd645e59b26e118ccdc3b00