A CHESTER schoolteacher has become the most capped player in the history of Welsh women’s football .
Cheryl Foster, a PE teacher and head of year at Bishops’ High School, won her 52nd cap in Wales’ FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Baku over half-term.
The 29-year-old, who had recently captained the national team on her 50th appearance, broke the previous record of 51 set by current Wales coach Kath Morgan.
Striker Cheryl, who plays for Liverpool Ladies at club level, said: “I didn’t think I would ever reach this milestone. To break the record and captain my country on my 50th appearance was an amazing feeling.
“I will enjoy it while I can as there are a few girls who are not too far behind me and approaching the 50-cap mark. Players like Everton’s Gwennan Harries will surpass my achievement. She already has nearly 30 caps and she is only 21.
“I’ve got so many fond memories of playing for Wales. Aside from captaining the side on my 50th cap, playing against Germany in front of 20,000 fans was a phenomenal experience which I will never forget.”
Cheryl’s achievement is all the more impressive as the Welsh side went without a game for three years.
In addition, the former Conwy and Bangor City player broke her foot on her 49th appearance for Wales and again two days before the Algarve Cup in February this year.
Having made her debut for her country in 1997, Bangor-born Cheryl has seen first hand the massive developments in the women’s game over the last 12 years.
She said: “It is now far more technical than it was and the players are much fitter. The standard, both internationally and at club level, is improving every year.
“There are some fantastic young players coming through the Welsh set-up and it bodes well.
Despite her milestone, Cheryl, who has scored eight times for Wales, has no intention of calling time on her international career.
She said: “I want to keep playing for Wales for as long as I possibly can.”