One of the founding members of Everton's first-ever Women's Super League team, Fern Whelan helped to build the foundations of what the women's team are today.
The former Blues defender began her football journey playing boys football before signing for Everton at the age of 16, having a brief stint with Liverpool Women between.
One of England's rising stars, Whelan was named the FA Women's Young Player of the Year in 2008, however, an injury at the end of the season resulted in a difficult road ahead.
Now, Whelan is using her experience to help guide the next generation of stars while also speaking openly on the racial abuse she received during her career and what can be done now to make a difference.
Continuing with our podcast mini-series to celebrate Black History Month, Darren Griffiths caught up with the former Toffees star.
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