Beth Mead

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Beth Mead
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Mead in 2019
Personal information
Full name Bethany Jane Mead[1]
Date of birth (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 26)
Place of birth Whitby, England[2]
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 9
Youth career
2005–2011 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2017 Sunderland 78 (77)
2017– Arsenal 84 (27)
National team
2010 England U15 2 (2)
2010 England U17 3 (2)
2012–2014 England U19 15 (5)
2014 England U20 3 (1)
2015–2021 England U23 5 (2)
2018– England 32 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01 December 2021

Bethany Jane Mead (born 9 May 1995) is an English footballer who plays as a forward for Arsenal and the England national team. She was twice-named Vauxhall England Young Player of the Year in 2015 and 2018 and was awarded the PFA Women's Young Player of the Year award in 2016. In 2015, she earned the FA Women's Super League's Golden Boot award as the league's top scorer. Mead previously played for Sunderland.

Club career[edit]

Sunderland, 2011–17[edit]

Mead celebrating Sunderland's promotion to WSL1 in 2014

Mead began her youth career at California Girls FC before joining Middlesbrough F.C. Centre of Excellence[3] at age 10 before moving at age 16 to Sunderland, then in the FA Women's Premier League. In her first season she scored 23 goals in as many games, and ended the season with 29 goals in all competitions, followed by 30 goals in 28 matches the following season, and 15 goals in the 2014 FA WSL season to lead Sunderland to promotion to WSL 1.[4] Although Mead turned professional upon Sunderland's promotion, she resolved to finish her final year at University.[5]

In her first match at the top level, Mead scored in Sunderland's shock 2–1 win over reigning champions Liverpool.[6] On 19 July 2015, Mead scored a hat-trick against league leaders Chelsea, making her the league-leading scorer with eight goals.[7] Earlier that week, Mead avoided injury despite rolling her car three times while trying to avoid a deer.[8] The following week, she scored twice in a 4–1 win at Bristol, sending Sunderland to the top of the WSL 1.[9] She ended the 2015 season as leading goalscorer in the WSL1 with 12 goals in 14 appearances.[10]

Arsenal, 2017–[edit]

On 24 January 2017, it was announced that Arsenal Ladies had signed Mead on an undisclosed-length full-time deal.[11] At Arsenal, summer 2017 signing Vivianne Miedema soon occupied the centre-forward berth, so Mead had to play as a winger instead: "I'd played No 9 all my career until I came to Arsenal. I was a bit annoyed that I wasn’t playing No 9, because I thought that was my best position. But now I really enjoy playing on the wing. I can get involved, run at people, bring other people into play."[12] Arsenal won the 2017–18 FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup with Mead scoring in the knockout rounds against her former club Sunderland in the Quarter Final and against Reading in the semi final. Mead finished the 2017–18 season as Arsenal's top goalscorer in the league with 8 goals and was voted Arsenal's player of the season. Despite this, Arsenal missed out on qualification to the 2018–19 Champions League. On missing out on Champions League qualification, Mead said, "It’s a bit frustrating, we had a few results this season where we slipped up and that was our fault. That took it out of our own hands today and Manchester City deserved to finish above us in the end."[13]

Mead with Arsenal in 2018.

By the 2018–19 season, Mead had fully reinvented herself as a versatile winger under Joe Montemurro and built up a good relationship on the pitch with Arsenal leading goalscorer Vivianne Miedema combining nine times to score, more than any other duo. She also broke the record for most assists in a single season with 12 and created more chances than any other Arsenal player with 54. She finished third in the WSL for total goal contributions with 7 goals along with her 12 assists.[14] Mead capped a great season off by scoring the 3rd goal in Arsenal's 4–0 title clinching win at Brighton and Hove Albion on 28 April 2019.[15]

Mead signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal on 28 November 2019.[16] She suffered an injury during a 3–2 league win against Liverpool on 13 February 2020.[17] A week later, Arsenal announced that she had injured her medial collateral ligament, which led to her being omitted from the England squad for the 2020 SheBelieves Cup.[18][19]

During a match against Chelsea on 15 November 2020, Mead scored in the 86th minute of the 1–1 draw.[20] And then she scored twice against Chelsea at The Emirates against the defending champions where the match ended 3-2.

International career[edit]

Beth Mead playing for England in 2019.

Mead has represented England at every age level from under-15, and played in all three England under-20 matches at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup where she scored a long-range goal against Mexico.[4]

In April 2018, Mead made her debut for the senior England women's national football team as a substitute in a 0–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification draw with Wales in Southampton.[21] She started her first match in September 2018, scoring twice in England's 6–0 win over Kazakhstan in Pavlodar.[22]

In February 2019, Mead scored a "stunning" game-winning goal against Brazil during England's first match of the 2019 SheBelieves Cup.[23][24] A few days later, she scored during the team's 3–0 against Japan to win the tournament.[25] On 9 April, she scored the game-opening goal in the 36th minute against Spain lifting England to an eventual 2–1 win.[26]

Mead started in the first two games of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. She provided the assist to Jodie Taylor's goal during the team's second group stage match against Argentina — a 1–0 win.[27] After finishing first in Group D and defeating Cameroon 3–0 in the Round of 16, England faced Norway in the quarter-finals.[28] During the 3–0 win, Mead provided the assist on Lucy Bronze's goal in the 57th minute lifting England to a 3–0 win.[29] During the semi-final against 2015 champions, the United States, Mead started on the left flank for England and provided the assist on Ellen White's equalizer goal in the first half of the match.[30] England was ultimately defeated 2–1.[31] The semi-final match was the most watched programme on UK television thus far in 2019, with 11.7 million viewers.[31]

In October 2019, Mead scored England's game-winning goal against Portugal.[32] Later that month, she created more chances than any other player during a 2-1 loss against Brazil in front of a record-breaking 29,238 fans at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.[33] On 9 November 2019, she competed in a 2–1 loss against Brazil in front of a record-breaking 77,768 spectators at Wembley Stadium.[34]

In February 2020, Mead was left off the squad for the 2020 SheBelieves Cup due to injury.[35]

On 23 October 2021, Mead scored a first international hat-trick as England defeated Northern Ireland 4–0 with all four goals coming within a fourteen minute second-half spell.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 9 May 2021[37][38][39]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 2014 WSL 2 15 13 0 0 5 2 20 15
2015 WSL 1 14 12 0 0 5 2 19 14
2016 16 5 3 1 0 0 19 6
Total 45 30 3 1 10 4 58 35
Arsenal 2017 WSL 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
2017–18 17 9 5 2 7 6 28 17
2018–19 WSL 19 7 1 0 6 1 26 9
2019–20 14 3 1 0 7 5 5 1 23 9
2020–21 21 4 1 2 2 24 6
Total 71 22 8 4 22 12 4 0 101 41
Career total 116 52 11 5 32 16 4 0 158 73

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 30 November 2021.[40]
Year England
Apps Goals
2018 7 2
2019 18 6
2020 0 0
2021 7 8
Total 32 16

International goals[edit]

As of match played 30 November 2021. England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mead goal.
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 4 September 2018 Ortalik Stadion, Pavlodar, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 1–0 6–0 2019 FIFA World Cup qualification [41]
2 5–0
3 27 February 2019 Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, United States  Brazil 2–1 2–1 2019 SheBelieves Cup [42]
4 5 March 2019 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States  Japan 3–0 3–0 [43]
5 9 April 2019 County Ground, Swindon, England  Spain 1–0 2–1 Friendly [44]
6 29 August 2019 Den Dreef, Heverlee, Belgium  Belgium 2–0 3–3 Friendly [45]
7 8 October 2019 Estádio do Bonfim, Setúbal, Portugal  Portugal 1–0 1–0 Friendly [46]
8 12 November 2019 Stadion Střelecký ostrov, České Budějovice, Czech Republic  Czech Republic 2–1 3–2 Friendly [47]
9 17 September 2021 St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England  North Macedonia 8–0 8–0 2023 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 23 October 2021 Wembley Stadium, London, England  Northern Ireland 1–0 4–0 2023 FIFA World Cup qualification [36]
11 3–0
12 4–0
13 26 October 2021 Daugava Stadium, Liepāja, Latvia  Latvia 5–0 10–0 2023 FIFA World Cup qualification [48]
14 30 November 2021 Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, England  Latvia 1–0 20–0 2023 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 4–0
16 6–0

Personal life[edit]

Whilst playing for Sunderland, Mead gained a degree in Sports Development from Teesside University.[49][50] She is currently in a relationship with former Arsenal teammate Danielle van de Donk.[51][52][53]

In popular culture[edit]

We Play Strong[edit]

In February 2020, Mead joined #WePlayStrong, a social media and vlogging campaign which was launched in 2018. The campaign's "...aim is to promote women's football as much as we can and to make people aware of women's football, really". "The ultimate goal is to make football the most played sport by females by 2020."[54] The series, which also originally included professional footballers Lisa Evans, Sarah Zadrazil, Eunice Beckmann, Laura Feiersinger and now also includes Petronella Ekroth and Shanice van de Sanden, follows the daily lives of female professional footballers.[55] Her fitness routines have been shared online as part of the #TrainAtHome series.[56]

Honours[edit]

Sunderland[57]

  • FA Women's Super League 2: 2014

Arsenal[57]

England

Individual

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Aluko, Eniola (2019), They Don't Teach This, Random House, ISBN 9781473564480
  • Caudwell, Jayne (2013), Women's Football in the UK: Continuing with Gender Analyses, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9781317966234
  • Dunn, Carrie (2019), Pride of the Lionesses: The Changing Face of Women's Football in England, Pitch Publishing (Brighton) Limited, ISBN 9781785315411
  • Dunn, Carrie (2016), The Roar of the Lionesses: Women's Football in England, Pitch Publishing Limited, ISBN 9781785311512
  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368

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