Loren Dykes retires from professional football
International
8 February 2021

Loren Dykes retires from professional football

Cymru centurion Loren Dykes has announced her retirement from professional football after thirteen years of representing the national team.

Loren Dykes

  • First cap v Netherlands - August 2007
  • 100th cap v Czech Republic - April 2019
  • 105 caps, 3 goals

Dykes won her first Cymru senior cap in August 2007 against the Netherlands and went on to represent her country 105 times, becoming Cymru’s second centurion in a goalless draw against the Czech Republic in April 2019.

A pupil at Cwmtawe Community School, Dykes started playing football for local side Pontardawe Town before representing Llanelli Reds, UWIC (now Cardiff Met) and Cardiff City Ladies. During her time at University Dykes also represented the Welsh Universities team. Her biggest move at club level came in the 2008/2009 season when she joined Bristol Academy (now called Bristol City Women)- whom she also captained. Dykes is a two-time finalist of the Women's FA Cup in England and has played in the UEFA Women’s Champions League during her career.

Off the field, Dykes looks to inspire the stars of the future, with coaching roles for the Cymru U15s and the Bristol City senior team in the WSL. As well as coaching Loren is also an ambassador for Street Football Wales, a social inclusion charity that delivers football to socially excluded individuals throughout Wales. As part of her role, Dykes was an ambassador for the 2019 Homeless World Cup held in Cardiff in July. Dykes was also awarded an MBE in 2019 for services to women’s football in Wales.

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