In an interview with the club as part of the Women’s Super League’s Heads Up campaign, Flaherty discussed an attempted suicide when she was a teenager at Arsenal whilst struggling to come to terms with her football, her education and her sexuality.
The 28-year-old has captained Matt Beard’s side fiercely since joining before their first step into professional football and is clearly a much-treasured member of the Hammers family, helping to keep the side comfortably afloat in WSL 1 and to get to the FA Cup final last season.
You can see the pick of the admiration for Flaherty and her openness in speaking out, below…
— Allie Coker (@axlsgirl) February 6, 2020
Wow is all I can say, Gilly what an inspiration you are and I know my Daughter looks up to you massively and she has her heart set on playing for the West Ham Ladies 1 day x
— John Barrett (@johnbarrett75) February 6, 2020
Great respect to Gilly for opening up here – best wishes for the future – you are an inspiration
— mikejoyce (@hammersmikey) February 6, 2020
I have MH problems and it is brave and very refreshing for a famous person/ athlete to come out and discuss thier issues. Well done Gilly you are a hero to thousands xx
— krissy B (@krisbell77) February 6, 2020
Very powerful message. Our captain ⚒❤️
— Michelle (@MichelleIrons10) February 6, 2020
Thank you Gilly for sharing very proud of you 😘
— Ally M ♈ 🏴 (@MollyIsInnocent) February 6, 2020