Kilby’s #12 jersey retired
It’s a proud day for the Lions’ women’s football team as we announce the retirement of club captain Jo Kilby’s #12 jersey, but what exactly does this mean? Birmingham Lions’ Director of Football, Wayne Hill explains more: “We have had some tremendous players on the Lions teams and retiring a jersey is no easy decision taken,” offered Coach Hill.
“The handful of retirements we have had over the years are not only down to what a player does on the field but also off it, and how they optimise our Lions’ philosophy and ethos. Since the inception of the Lions Women’s programme one person more than any other has driven these principles and not only embraced them but lived and preached them, therefore, it is only fitting – with the development of the Women’s team and her tremendous play on the field for the Lions as well as Great Britain – that we recognise the hard work, dedication and effort that Jo has put in.”
This rare honour, a first for the women’s team, will now mean that no other player (other than Kilby), will wear the women’s #12 jersey again.
“I was left pretty speechless when it was announced” commented Kilby. “It’s very humbling to be in the company of the likes of Stef Rowden, Josh Vines and A-Jay Crabbe and other Lions’ greats, but I have to say, in accepting this, I can only do so with recognition and thanks paid to the players around me – they have so entirely bought in to the Lions’ way of life that steering this ambitious ship (on and away from the field) has only ever been a pleasure.”
Kilby is one of the womens team’s co-founders and a Lions player who also represents Great Britain. A tremendous servant to the team, we congratulate her on behalf of Lions Football, and wish her many a happy day in her own, always and forever, #12 jersey.
Image courtesy of, and with thanks to, Whizzyfingers Photography.