International Women's Day


Karren Brady named ‘Most Influential Woman In Football’ by The Football Pools Fan Poll

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has been named the ‘Most Influential Woman in Football’ by our client, The Football Pools.

More than 1,000 football fans voted in an online poll to celebrate International Women’s Day, with Brady finishing top with 42% of the vote.

The award was presented to Brady by The Football Pools, along with £5,000 for her chosen charity Wellbeing of Women which raises awareness and funds, for reproductive and gynaecological research, and provides health information for women.

She said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award and my sincere thanks go to everyone who took the time to vote.

“To top a poll of what I am delighted to say is now an ever-growing group of distinguished and talented influential women in the game, is more than I could have imagined a quarter of a century ago when I first started kicking down doors!

“I say it often but there is still a lot of work to be done. My hope is that the talented women on this list will continue to pave the way and open doors for others to follow. My ultimate aim is to see more women occupying executive positions throughout the business community helped by those who led the way.

“I give credit to The Football Pools for bringing awareness to this important issue through the creation of this award to celebrate International Women’s Day. There are more women occupying key roles within the game than ever and to be recognised among them makes me extremely proud.”


Brady began her career in football after being appointed managing director of Birmingham City in 1993, aged 23. She oversaw the company’s flotation on the stock market, before becoming the Premier League’s first female managing director when the club was promoted in 2002.

In 2010 she was appointed vice-chairman of West Ham United, and has overseen the club’s move into the former Olympic Stadium.

BBC broadcaster Gabby Logan took second place in the poll, with 20.7% of the vote, while long-serving Soccer AM host Helen Chamberlain finished in third with 9.7%.

England captain Steph Houghton was fourth while former England boss Hope Powell was fifth.
Rounding off the top 10 were England legends Kelly Smith, Rachel Yankey and Lucy Bronze, sports broadcaster Jacqui Oatley and Sky Sports presenter Hayley McQueen.

Others to make the shortlist included former England captain Faye White, assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis, CEO of Mansfield Town Carolyn Radford, BT Sport’s Jules Breach and the FA’s first ever female director Heather Rabbatts.

Conleth Byrne, Managing Director of The Football Pools, said: “The Football Pools is delighted to celebrate International Women’s Day by presenting this award to Karren Brady and awarding £5,000 to her chosen charity.

“Having seen the impressive list of women nominated by the British public you can see what an impact women are now having on football. From top players to officials, boardroom executives to administrators, it is great that women cover all facets of the game.”

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