Gillian Coultard

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Gillian Coultard
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-07-22) 22 July 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Thorne, England
Height 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)
Playing position Sweeper, Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1981 Doncaster Rovers Belles
1981–1984 Rowntree W.F.C.
1984–2001 Doncaster Rovers Belles
National team
1981–2000 England 119 (30)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 October 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2010

Gillian Coultard (born 22 July 1963) is a retired English football player, and former England captain. She is England Women's second most capped international, with 119 appearances and was the highest capped outfield England international ever until Rachel Yankey reached 120 caps in 2012. At the time she was one of only five footballers (Bobby Moore, Billy Wright and Bobby Charlton were the others) to have reached over 100 caps for England, and she was the first woman and amateur player to have done so.

International career[edit]

Coultard, a midfielder initially, though moving back to sweeper towards the end of her career, made her international debut in a 3–1 win over the Republic of Ireland in 1981, at the age of 18.[1] She went on to score 30 goals at international level, a rate of one every four games,[2] including a pair in England's first ever World Cup finals match, a 3–2 win over Canada in Sweden, in 1995.[3] England were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by eventual tournament runners-up, Germany.[4] Coultard had also been part of the England squad which finished runners-up to Sweden in the first UEFA final in 1984, losing the final on penalties.[5]

Coultard won her 100th England cap in a 4–0 win over Scotland at Almondvale Stadium in August 1997.[6] That October, before a 1999 World Cup qualifier against Holland at Upton Park, she was presented with a silver cap by Sir Geoff Hurst in recognition of the achievement.[7]

In the early stages of England's successful 2001 UEFA Women's Championship qualification campaign Coultard remained captain of the side.[5] Coultard's 119th and final cap came in a 1–0 win over Switzerland in May 2000.[1] She was later a non-playing member of the England side which suffered their record defeat – an 8–0 loss away to Norway in June 2000.[8] In October 2000, 37-year-old Coultard announced her international retirement in order to concentrate on a coaching role in the National Women's Football Academy in Durham.[9]

"Gillian was a genuinely world class player."

– England women manager Hope Powell on Coultard[10]

Club career[edit]

At club level, Coultard won two National League titles and six FA Women's Cup finals during 24 years with Doncaster Belles.[9] Joining as a 13-year-old schoolgirl, she eventually made over 300 appearances and became a key player in the side which dominated women's football in England.[11] She retired from club football at the end of the 2000–01 season, making an emotional farewell appearance for the Belles against Charlton Athletic in May 2001.[12]

Coultard fitted in four training sessions and a match every week,[2] despite her full–time job on the production line at a Pioneer factory in Castleford.[13] She used her annual leave from work to play for England and rejected several offers to join semi-professional clubs in Belgium, Italy, Sweden[2] and Finland.[13]

Post retirement[edit]

In May 2005 Coultard was diagnosed with breast cancer, which was successfully treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radium therapy.[14] On 19 October 2006, she was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.[10] Coultard managed the new Hartlepool United Ladies team in 2008–09.[11] In 2009 she was offered a role as coach of the Estonia women's national football team, but turned down the offer for personal reasons.[15]

Honours[edit]

1991–92, 1993–94
1982–83, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1993–94
1988
  1. ^ Up until 1991, there was no top national division of English women's football; from then, until the formation of the FA WSL in 2010, it was the FA Women's Premier League National Division. The FA only took over the direct running of the domestic league structure from the WFA in 1993.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Robert Galvin. "Gillian Coultard". National Football Museum. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Fact Sheet 5: Women and Football". University of Leicester. March 2002. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Coultard is catalyst for England". The Independent. 1995-06-07. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  4. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995 Match Report". fifa.com. Retrieved 1 April 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Tony Leighton (2001-06-19). "Coultard cautious over England hopes". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Susan Sweet (1997-08-24). "Football: England excel as Coultard joins club". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  7. ^ Mike Rowbottom (1997-11-01). "World Cup place can cap it all for Coultard". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  8. ^ Tony Leighton. "A decade of hope". Fair Game Magazine. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Coultard goes out at the top". theFA.com. 2000-10-03. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  10. ^ a b Cathy Gibb (2006-09-19). "Coultard gets deserved recognition". Morning Star. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Hayley Paterson (2009-02-19). "Belles hit their stride again at 40". Doncaster Free Press. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  12. ^ Tony Leighton (2001-05-20). "Coulthard bows out as season ends". [sic] BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "BELLE of the BALL". The Mirror. 1996-08-12. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  14. ^ "BELLES STAR'S CANCER FLIGHT". Doncaster Free Press. 2005-08-11. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  15. ^ Nick Booth. "From Tooting to Tallinn - managing the Estonian women's team". Total Football magazine. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sheila Edmunds
Doncaster Belles captain
1987–2001
Succeeded by
Becky Easton
Preceded by
Debbie Bampton
England captain
1991–1995
Succeeded by
Debbie Bampton
Preceded by
Debbie Bampton
England captain
1997–2000
Succeeded by
Mo Marley