Jessica Clarke

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Jessica Clarke
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Personal information
Full name Jessica Anne Clarke[1]
Date of birth (1989-05-05) 5 May 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Leeds,[2] England
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Notts County
Number 7
Youth career
0000–2004 Leeds Carnegie Ladies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Leeds Carnegie Ladies
2010– Notts County 25 (4)
National team
2009– England 41 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 October 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:41, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

Jessica Anne "Jess" Clarke (born 5 May 1989) is an English female international football midfielder. A pacy winger,[4] she plays her club football in the FA WSL for Notts County.

Club career[edit]

Clarke joined Leeds at Under–14 level,[5] progressing through the youth teams to make the senior squad.[6] At the age of 16, Clarke started the 2006 FA Women's Cup final, but conceded a penalty in Leeds' 5–0 defeat by Arsenal.[7] In 2006–07, Leeds reached the final of the FA Women's Premier League Cup. Despite a much improved performance, including a substitute cameo from Clarke, Leeds lost out to an injury–time strike from Arsenal's Jayne Ludlow.[8]

In Leeds' third major final in as many years, Clarke scored a consolation goal in the 2008 FA Women's Cup final — a 4–1 loss to Arsenal.[9] At the fourth time of asking, Clarke started a 3–1 Premier League Cup final win over Everton on 11 February 2010, to help Leeds win their first major silverware.[10]

She signed for FA WSL club Lincoln Ladies alongside several Leeds team mates in August 2010.[11]

At the end of the WSL season Clarke joined FA Women's Premier League Northern Division strugglers Leeds City Vixens on loan.[12]

It was announced that Lincoln Ladies FC was to be started as a new football club for the 2014 WSL season and would be crossing the boarder to become Notts County Ladies. Clarke stayed with the team for the move and was a vital player in their season. Scoring many goals during the season and dominating play earned Clarke the Managers Player Of The Season Award.

International career[edit]

Clarke represented England at Under–15, Under–17 and Under–19 level.[6] At the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile, Clarke's wing–play was a key feature of England's run to the quarter-final stage. A article hailed Clarke as "the wizard of the dribble."[3] She made her senior debut in March 2009, against South Africa in the Cyprus Cup, as a second-half substitute for Karen Carney.[13] Clarke then scored in only her second appearance, the third goal in a 3–0 win over Scotland.[14]

In August 2009 she was named in coach Hope Powell's squad for Euro 2009.[15] Clarke made her first competitive start in the semi-final win over the Netherlands, as manager Hope Powell utilised the 20-year–old's pace and energy to tire the Dutch full–backs, before introducing substitute Karen Carney to decisive effect.[16]

Clarke continued to be selected during England's 2011 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, contributing two goals in an 8–0 win over Malta.[14] In a World Cup warm–up friendly against the United States, Clarke opened the scoring in England's 2–1 win at Brisbane Road.[17]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 10 March 2009 Larnaca  Scotland 3–0 Cyprus Cup 1
3 25 October 2009 Bloomfield Road, Blackpool  Malta 8–0 2011 FIFA World Cup Qual. 2
4 20 May 2010 Centenary Stadium, Ta' Qali  Malta 6–0 2011 FIFA World Cup Qual. 1
5 29 July 2010 Bescot Stadium, Walsall  Turkey 3–0 2011 FIFA World Cup Qual. 1
6 2 April 2011 Brisbane Road, London  United States 2–1 Friendly 1
7 1 July 2011 Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion, Dresden  New Zealand 2–1 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup 1
8 23 November 2011 Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster  Serbia 2–0 2013 UEFA Championship Qual. 1
9 31 March 2012 Sajmište, Vrbovec  Croatia 6–0 2013 UEFA Championship Qual. 1
10 6 March 2013 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Italy 4–2 2013 Cyprus Cup 1

Personal life[edit]

In addition to playing for Leeds Carnegie Ladies, in September 2009 Clarke enrolled at Leeds Metropolitan University as a student, along with teammates Carly Telford and Sue Smith.[18] She had previously attended the FA Player Development Centre at Loughborough University.[19]


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  2. ^ Beth Neil (10 September 2009). "England's lionesses; Pole dancer, juggler, lawyer, mum..our women's Euro finalists". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Tony Leighton (28 November 2008). "England looking to dribble wizard Clarke". Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  4. ^ David Brenchley. "Double is major coup for Lady Imps". Give me football. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Glenn Lavery (11 February 2010). "Fourth time lucky?". Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Jess Clarke". Leeds Carnegie Ladies. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Arsenal Ladies 5–0 Leeds Ladies". BBC Sport. 1 May 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ludlow levels Leeds". 4 March 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Stuart Ornstein (5 May 2008). "FA Cup win secures Arsenal double". BBC. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Tony Leighton (11 February 2010). "Leeds Carnegie lift first major trophy with defeat of Everton". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "England duo Clarke and Bradley join Lincoln Ladies". BBC Sport. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Lauren Asquith/Sheffield Wednesday WFC/N.Ireland U17s". She Kicks. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  13. ^ Tony Leighton (6 March 2009). "England 6–0 South Africa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "England Women's POTY – Midfielders". 3 January 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  15. ^ Tony Leighton (4 August 2009). "England drop Yankey for Euro 2009". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  16. ^ Richard Williams (8 September 2009). "Could Hope Powell be the best hope to succeed Fabio Capello?". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  17. ^ Tony Leighton (2 April 2011). "England women warm up for World Cup with victory over USA". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "England caps for Leeds Carnegie Ladies". Leeds Metropolitan University. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  19. ^ Tony Leighton (8 September 2009). "Who's who in the England squad facing Germany in the European Championship final". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2011.