Vicky Exley

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Vicky Exley
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Personal information
Full name Vicky Exley
Date of birth (1975-10-22) 22 October 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Rotherham, England
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1994 Sheffield Wednesday Ladies
1994–2012 Doncaster Rovers Belles
National team
1996–2007 England 52 (7[2])
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:25, 13 October 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:25, 13 October 2009 (UTC)

Vicky Exley (born 22 October 1975) is an English former international footballer from Rotherham in South Yorkshire. She most recently played for Doncaster Rovers Belles in the FA WSL, the top division of women's football in England.[3] Exley also played over 50 times for England's national side.

Club career[edit]

Exley joined Sheffield Wednesday Ladies at the age of 15, moving to Doncaster Rovers Belles three years later.[4] She began her Belles career as a striker before switching back to a midfield playmaker role.[4] Nicknamed Tricky, Exley is renowned for her powerful shot.[5]

Despite scoring with a header, Exley was on the losing side in the 2000 FA Women's Cup final, as Croydon won 2–1.[6] Two years later Exley featured in another Cup final defeat, this time to professional Fulham.[7]

In 2004 Doncaster Belles suffered an exodus of players after a financial crisis, however, Exley and Claire Utley chose to remain loyal to the club.[8] In September 2004, Exley scored after four seconds of a League Cup tie against Aston Villa from inside her own half.[9] During that 2004–05 season, Doncaster struggled and only retained their National Premier League status thanks to Exley scoring on the final day of the season.[10] Exley was top scorer for Doncaster Belles in the following two seasons,[4][11] winning the manager's Player of the Year award in 2006.[4]

In July 2008, Exley scored the only goal of the game as Doncaster beat Watford Ladies in the FA Futsal Women's Cup, the competition being the first time that Doncaster had played Futsal.[12]

Exley scored 25 goals in all competitions during 2009–10 and was named in the Belles' 2011 FA WSL squad.[13] She netted Doncaster's first goal in the new league, the winner at Lincoln Ladies' Sincil Bank on the opening night.[14]

Prior to the 2012 season Exley was released by Doncaster. In explaining his decision, manager John Buckley paid his own tribute, telling the Doncaster Free Press:[15]

In May 2012 it was reported that Exley had decided to retire from football altogether.[16]

International career[edit]

Following her March 1996 debut, a 2–1 defeat in Italy, Exley played a total of 52 times for England.[17] In September 2004 Exley captained England for the first time, marking the occasion with a goal in a 2–1 friendly win over the Netherlands.[18] She appeared in the 2007 World Cup, scoring a penalty in the final group-stage game against Argentina.[19] Exley then announced her retirement from international football in November 2007, stating her desire to go into coaching.[20]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 18 April 1996 Osijek  Croatia 2–0 1997 UEFA Women's Championship Qual. 1
2 7 March 2002 Paderne  Scotland 4–1 Algarve Cup 1
3 16 September 2004 Sportpark De Wending, Heerhugowaard  Netherlands 2–1 Friendly 1
5 9 March 2005 Paderne  Northern Ireland 4–0 Algarve Cup 2
6 11 May 2006 St. Mary's, Southampton  Hungary 2–0 2007 FIFA World Cup Qual. 1
7 17 September 2007 Chengdu Longquanyi Football Stadium, Chengdu  Argentina 6–1 2007 FIFA World Cup 1

Personal life[edit]

Exley supports Sheffield Wednesday and works as a postwoman.[4]


  1. ^ "#19 Vicky Exley". The Sports Network. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Vicky Exley, Doncaster Rovers Belles". Retrieved 12 November 2007. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Players Directory – Vicky Exley". Doncaster Belles Online. Archived from the original on 16 November 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Hayley Paterson (19 February 2009). "Belles hit their stride again at 40". Doncaster Free Press. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "England women Fixtures and Results, 2004/05". Cresswell Wanderers FC. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Sarah Hughes (2 May 2000). "Hunt keeps Croydon on double track". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Tony Leighton (7 May 2005). "Fulham too professional for battling Belles". The Independent. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "BELLES DEFY THE ODDS". Doncaster Free Press. 26 August 2004. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Tony Leighton (12 September 2004). "Donny scrape through". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Arsenal clinch title as Belles survive". The Guardian. 25 April 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "2006/07 Season Stats". Doncaster Belles Online. Retrieved 17 September 2007. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Belles lift cup". The Football Association. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "Vicky Exley". Doncaster Rovers Belles. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  14. ^ Steve Hossack (17 May 2001). "Exley enjoying life in new league". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  15. ^ Paul Goodwin (23 February 2012). "Gone But Not Forgotten". Doncaster Belles. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  16. ^ Hossack, Steve (1 May 2012). "DONCASTER ROVERS: Belles race to get Mary Earps fit for Brum trip". South Yorkshire Times. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "A great role model". 7 November 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  18. ^ Tony Leighton (20 September 2004). "Holland 1–2 England". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  19. ^ "SIX OF THE BEST FOR ENGLAND". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  20. ^ "Exley retires from England duty". BBC Sport. 7 November 2007. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Becky Easton
Doncaster Rovers Belles captain
Succeeded by
Katie Holtham