Cheryl Salisbury

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Cheryl Salisbury
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Personal information
Full name Cheryl Ann Salisbury
Date of birth (1974-03-08) 8 March 1974 (age 41)
Place of birth Newcastle, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Panasonic Bambina
1997 Takarazuka Bunnys
2002 Memphis Mercury
2003 New York Power 13 (3)
2008–2010 Newcastle Jets 7 (1)
National team
1994–2009 Australia[1] 151 (38)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 March 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 July 2011

Cheryl Ann Salisbury (born 8 March 1974) is a former association football player who represented Australia internationally as a defender from 1994 until 2009, winning 151 caps.


She most recently played as a defender for the New York Power in the WUSA and for the Newcastle United Jets in the W-League. She went on to become coach of the Broadmeadow Magic team in the Northern NSW Herald Women's Premier League competition.

Salisbury was captain of the Australian female national team, the Matildas. She remains Australia's highest female international goalscorer of all time with 38 goals in representative fixtures. Salisbury became only the second Australian female to play 100 A-internationals, which she achieved during the 2004 Summer Olympics – in the 1–1 draw against USA. In 1999, Salisbury and 12 teammates posed for a nude calendar photoshoot to raise money for the national women's football team.

On 27 January 2009, she announced she would retire after the game against Italy at Parramatta Stadium. The game finished as a 2–2 draw, with Salisbury scoring a penalty. The veteran of 151 international appearances received a standing ovation as she was substituted with six minutes remaining.[2]

In 2009, Salisbury was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame, in the Hall of Champions category.[3]


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