Hull City Ladies FC is delighted to announce that Carol Thomas BEM, the Tigresses’ first club ambassador, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Hull.
This well-deserved recognition comes in appreciation of Carol’s exceptional achievements, outstanding contribution to her sport, and tireless efforts in inspiring generations of athletes and fans alike.
Carol Thomas BEM, a former England international women’s defender, served as the Lionesses captain from 1976 until her retirement in 1985, leaving an incredible mark on the history of Women’s football. Throughout her illustrious career, she accomplished numerous milestones, becoming the first England captain to surpass 50 caps and leading her team to victory in the inaugural home International tournament against Wales and Scotland.
Additionally, Carol holds the distinction of being the first women qualified coach, paving the way for future generations of female footballers.
The University of Hull recognises exceptional personal achievements and distinctions, and bestows Honorary Degrees as a tribute to individuals who have made remarkable contributions to their fields and society as a whole. Since 1955, the University has honoured outstanding individuals from various industries and transformative projects, and Carol Thomas BEM is a fitting addition to this esteemed group of honourees.
Professor Dave Petley, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull, expressed his pride in all the graduates and their dedicated efforts in achieving their degrees. He said: “We are so proud of all of our graduates and the dedication and hard work they’ve put in to achieve their degrees.
“Graduation is a wonderful day of celebration when students and their families are filled with pride as they walk across the stage and collect their degree.
“Whether it’s through their exceptional contribution to science, public service, business or the arts, we thank them for their commitment in all they do.”
In response to the accolade, Carol Thomas BEM expressed her gratitude: “I’m proud to announce that I have been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Hull, i.e become Dr. Carol Thomas BEM DUniv (Hull).
“I’m bowled over by this one, it’s totally left field, I had no idea it was going to happen and I am so proud of my hometown once again.” She acknowledged the support of her Family, Friends, and Football Family, emphasising that their love and encouragement were instrumental in her achievements and the recognition she has received over the past 20 months.
Born in Hull, Carol Thomas is pleased to represent her hometown club as an ambassador: ”I was approached with regard to becoming the Tigresses’ first- ever Ambassador and Lifetime Honorary Member. Despite my hectic calendar, as a true Hullensian, I am deeply honoured to accept these roles from my local club.”
Dr. Carol Thomas BEM pledged to positively represent and promote the Hull City Ladies Football Club, contributing to its advancement in the world of football.
Hull City Ladies FC and the University of Hull are both delighted to celebrate Carol Thomas BEM’s accomplishments and eagerly anticipate witnessing her continued influence as an Honorary Doctorate recipient and dedicated ambassador for the Tigresses.