Rachel Yankey is an English ladies footballer who plays for Arsenal and for the England national team, and she recently reached 125 caps to equal Peter Shilton’s all-time record for an England international.
Rachel Yankey - equaled Peter Shilton’s record
And there’s news that a certain class gentleman called Chris Hughton sent the left winger a letter of congratulations on her achievment, and she was thrilled to receive such a gesture from the Norwich City and former Newcastle manager.
Yankey is set to break Peter Shilton’s record with her 126th International appearance in a friendly with Japan.
The 33 year-old was delighted with the gesture from the former Newcastle manager as she had this to say:
“He wrote me a lovely letter.” “I had spoken to him before at an event – I can’t even remember where it was and it wasn’t for very long, so I was overwhelmed and I was genuinely speechless when the letter arrived.”
“He sent one to St George’s Park, the FA’s training base, and one to Arsenal to make sure I got it.” “He congratulated me on my achievement in getting 125 caps and told me I was a credit to the game and that what I had done for women’s football was unbelievable.”
“I got to meet him when I played in a charity game and he was the manager and I thanked him and he was a really classy, inspiring guy.”
Chris Hughton did a magnificent job for Newcastle in getting us promoted from the Championship at the first attempt in 2010, and the Londoner was doing just fine in our first season back in the Premier League when he was ruthlessly sacked two years last December, and Alan Pardew was brought in.
Chris Hughton – while at Newcastle
And remember Chris joined Newcastle in February of 2008, and served under Kevin Keegan , who brought him into the club, Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer, before he was given the opportunity to manage Newcastle in the Championship.
So there’s a case to be made that Chris served at Newcastle during one of the worst periods Newcastle have had for a long time, yet he always acted as a gentleman, and brought us back into the Premier League and we were around mid-table when he was fired.
Since he left Newcastle Chris has done a great job at Birmingham City, and in his first season at Norwich he had them in 11th place in the Premier League – five places and three points above Newcastle.
Why did we ever fire Chris Hughton – there’s a good question that’s never really been answered, and Chris is doing very well at Norwich City – and we hear the fans love him down there.
Now there’s a surprise.
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