Star player Karen Walker (Wacker to her mates), the Donny Belles Captain and former England Captain - has agreed to provide a paragraph or so each week (or so) for our new feature: Karen's Diary.
The first week, we thought we'd introduce you to Karen with a player profile...
Karen - 34, who works by day as a Civil Servant, has been with Doncaster Rovers Belles
now for 19 years, demonstrating outstanding loyalty for probably one of the most (if not the most) well know team in the women's game.
She joined Donny Belles (pictured) due to knowing Karen Skillcorn - former Belles player. One of her ambitions is to win something with the current team.
Karen has also played for England for 16 years (83 caps) first becoming captain in 2001.
She was injured in a match against Southampton Saints in Oct 2002. She now has a piece of bone in her ankle that needs to be removed. Karen states: "It gave me a lot of trouble last season, then one day, it felt OK. I've decided I don't want to miss any games as long as it feels OK, so I'll leave it until it hurts again before getting it fixed."
Karen - nominated Yorkshirewoman of the Year 2003 - enjoys spending time with her family, watching films and Manchester United. She dislikes rude and arrogant people, custard creams and plain crisps!
Karen's comment about women's football in the UK at the moment?
"Obviously, it's getting bigger and bigger, but since money has come into the game, people are now playing for clubs who offer them the most. I have found this all very disappointing as there seems to be no loyalty anymore."
||Height: Nearly 5'8"|
Marital status: Single
We'll feature more from Karen in coming weeks so remember to bookmark the femaleSOCCER.net web site if you haven't already done so.
We'll also be launching a Player's Diary section for those who'd kindly like to let their fans know what they, and their team have been up to during the week.
To get your Player's Diary, contact our Support Team firstname.lastname@example.org