Ten new stars added to Football Hall of Fame

The likes of Steven Gerrard, Bob Wilson, Kelly Smith and Rachel Yankey accepted their places in the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame.

England and Arsenal Women winger Rachel Yankey played a significant part in the Gunners' domination of women's football, winning eight of her nine titles with the North London side, and was an equally important presence within the England setup, becoming the first player to surpass Peter Shilton's 125-cap record. Yankey’s recognition will sit alongside England Women's all-time top scorer Kelly Smith.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard’s contribution to the sport lives on. Gerrard famously inspired his boyhood club to a number of memorable victories - not least the Champions League triumph in 2005 - and led by example throughout his remarkable career with the Reds and the national side.

"It's a really proud moment," said the ex-Liverpool captain. "I'm honoured to receive this award. I was looking at the list of names on the wall before, and I'm very flattered to be joining a very elite group of people."

Alistair Patrick-Heselton received the FA's Football For All award, joining former teammate Matt Dimbylow in the Hall of Fame. Patrick-Heselton was a former QPR prospect plying his trade in semi-professional football when a life-changing car accident seemingly ended any hope of a career in the game. However, the attacker returned with Team GB's CP team, winning a silver medal at the Paralympic World Cup.

The contribution of football journalists has been recognised for the first time, with Observer and The Times reporter Hugh McIlvanney becoming the first of his kind to be inducted, in partnership with the Football Writers' Association.

The latest team of inductees was rounded off by West Ham United stalwart Billy Bonds, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard and double-winning Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson.

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant