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Glasgow City have announced the retirement of long serving full back Emma Black.
City's second longest serving player of all time, Emma retires after a trophy laden 11 years at the club having joined as a seventeen year old back in July 2004.
Initially a wide midfielder, Emma later grew into her more familiar position of full back, a position which would also see her earn a number of international caps for her country.
There is no other Scottish player with more domestic honours to their name as Emma retires with 9 Premier League winners medals, 6 Scottish Cup winners medals and 6 Scottish Premier League Cup winners medals.
Without doubt one of the most influential players in City's history, Emma will be sadly missed by team mates and fans alike.
Commenting on her decision to retire Emma said, "Having joined the club in July 2004 I have witnessed the rise and rise of this football club. That is why after 11 years it is a wrench to let go of what has been the focal point of my life. I have lost jobs, friendships and time spent with family and I don't regret it. However, after three long term injuries, a marriage and a new career pathway, the time is right to call it a day.
"Throughout my footballing career at senior level, all I have ever known is City. I have had the most amazing memories at this club that no one can ever take away from me. From winning our first League title to progressing onto winning trebles and playing in Champions League, it has been such amazing time that will live with me forever.
"I hope the club will continue to be successful and I will be along cheering them on. We may no longer be team mates but we will remain friends #OCAC."
Club Manager, Laura Montgomery added, "I have been very fortunate to not only preside over the club during Emma's career, but I have also been very lucky to have played alongside her for six years. As a player and a team mate, she gave you everything. She is a winner and it is of little surprise that she finishes her career with more medals than anyone else in the history of the game in Scotland.
"Always one of the fittest in the team and one of the hardest workers, you could count on Emma in any game and her delivery of the ball was excellent. She also popped up with a goal or two and perhaps most fitting she was the goal scorer of our first ever goal in Europe when she netted against Spanish side Athletic Bilbao back in 2005.
"I know it was an extremely difficult decision to retire and one she agonised over for a long period of time, but I also understand that having dedicated so much of her life to football she wants to give some time now to a family and her career. She will be greatly missed, but far from forgotten and we look forward to seeing her regularly at the sidelines backing the team.
"We have a known hashtag to those within the club of #OCAC and Emma epitomises every part of that."
Photo - Graeme Berry
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