Chelsea Ladies midfielder Katie Chapman has announced that she will retire from playing at the end of the season according to official Chelsea media sources.

The 35-year-old Bermondsey born midfield powerhouse has spent almost four-and-a-half years with The Blues and has been a reliable character in the side during a period of huge growth at the club.

On Thursday, Chapman revealed her decision to officially hang up her boots at the end of the season after winning three major domestic trophies with Chelsea. The midfielder’s latest accolade came at Wembley last weekend when she guided her side to a second SSE Women’s FA Cup final win, three years on from their maiden success.

Chapman’s SSE Women’s FA Cup final victory with The Blues saw her lift the famous trophy for a record 10th time with her first winners’ medal having come with Millwall Lionesses 21 years ago. The player holds another remarkable record of winning the trophy with each of the five English clubs which she has represented throughout her career.

The midfielder made have one last winners’ medal to collect with Chelsea prior to retirement with The Blues currently topping the FA Women’s Super League 1 table with just three games remaining.

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I am Dan Pentland and I am a York City season ticket holder and volunteer for men's health charity Prostate Cancer UK. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk and Facebook

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