Carly Telford

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Carly Telford
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Personal information
Full name Carly Mitchell Telford[1]
Date of birth (1987-07-07) 7 July 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Jesmond,[2] England
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)[3]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Notts County
Number 1
Youth career
Newcastle United Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Sunderland Women
2007–2010 Leeds Carnegie
2010–2012 Chelsea Ladies 23 (0)
2012–2013 Perth Glory (loan) 9 (0)
2013 Chelsea Ladies 6 (0)
2014– Notts County 30 (0)
National team
2007– England 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:38, 9 July 2016 (UTC)

Carly Mitchell Telford (born 7 July 1987) is an English football goalkeeper from County Durham. She plays for Notts County Ladies of the FA WSL and the England national team.

Club career[edit]

Telford joined Leeds in 2007 from relegated club Sunderland.[4] In May of that year she had turned out for Charlton Athletic in a tournament in Spain,[5] but Charlton disbanded their women's team shortly afterwards. At Leeds Telford was named player of the match in the 2008 FA Women's Cup final, after an impressive performance in Leeds' 4–1 defeat to Arsenal.[6]

In summer 2010 Telford was called into the England squad as an unattached player,[7] having left Leeds Carnegie. Matt Beard signed her for Chelsea Ladies ahead of the inaugural 2011 FA WSL season.[8] In October 2012 it was announced that Telford would join Australian club Perth Glory for the 2012–13 winter season.[9]

Telford left Chelsea after three years in December 2013, signing for Notts County ahead of the 2014 FA WSL season. There she was reunited with her former Leeds coach Rick Passmoor and she would have the opportunity to train with goalkeeper coach Kevin Pilkington.[10] Chelsea coach Emma Hayes' decision to hand Telford a free transfer left her shocked and raging.[11]

Telford was carrying a shoulder injury ahead of the 2015 FA Women's Cup Final and Notts County were angry when The Football Association refused their request for dispensation to sign another goalkeeper.[12] Telford recovered to play in the team's 1–0 defeat by Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. She signed a two-year extension to her contract in November 2015.[13]

In June 2016, Telford suffered torn ankle ligaments in a win over Doncaster Belles and was ruled out for three months.[14] Notts County moved quickly to sign Lizzie Durack as a replacement.[15]

International career[edit]

She debuted for the senior national team in March 2007 against Scotland, having previously played at Under-17, 19, 21 and 23 levels.[16][17] She was called into the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup squad as back-up to Rachel Brown and Siobhan Chamberlain.[4]

In May 2009, Telford was one of the first 17 female players to be given central contracts by The Football Association.[18]

In May 2015, Mark Sampson named Telford in his final squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, hosted in Canada.[19] England eventually finished in third place, but Telford was disappointed to be the only member of the squad not to play any minutes at the tournament.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Telford attended Tanfield School,[17] then Gateshead College on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme.[21] In August 2010 her boyfriend was Matt Barron.[22]


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  2. ^ "Behind the scenes". 4 October 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™: List of Players: England" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "England pair so sad for Steph". Give Me Football. 10 September 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "F.C. Barcelona 4–3 Charlton Athletic". Sitges Femeni Cup. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "United shot down by lethal Gunners burst". The Yorkshire Post. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Yankey hoping to complate century". She Kicks. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Interview: Matt Beard/ Manager/ Chelsea FC Ladies". She Kicks. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Perth Glory W League Squad announced for 2012". 4 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Notts County Net Carly Telford". She Kicks (magazine). 23 December 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Leighton, Tony (31 July 2015). "Women's FA Cup final 2015: Wembley welcomes women's showpiece with Carly Telford out for revenge". The Independent. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Women's FA Cup: Notts County goalkeeper request blocked". BBC Sport. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "Carly Telford: Notts County Ladies goalkeeper signs new contract". BBC Sport. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Carly Telford: England and Notts County Ladies goalkeeper out for up to three months". BBC Sport. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Notts County Ladies: Jade Moore, Jo Potter and Lizzie Durack sign". BBC Sport. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "Busy schedule coming up for England Under 19s and Under 17s". Give Me Football. 31 March 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  17. ^ a b "Past Players (TUV)". Durham County Schools' FA. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  18. ^ "England Women awarded contracts". BBC Sport. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  19. ^ Lavery, Glenn (11 May 2015). "England squad named for FIFA Women's World Cup". The Football Association. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  20. ^ Lavery, Glenn (19 September 2015). "Carly Telford excited to be a part of England's future". The Football Association. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "FA selects TASS athletes". Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2009. 
  22. ^ Nick Purewal (10 August 2010). "Thunder fight to keep star man Matt Barron". The Journal. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 

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