Casey Stoney

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Casey Stoney
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Stoney in 2017
Personal information
Full name Casey Jean Stoney[1]
Date of birth (1982-05-13) 13 May 1982 (age 37)[2]
Place of birth Basildon, England
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[3]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Manchester United Women (head coach)
Youth career
1994–1998 Chelsea Ladies
1998–1999 Arsenal Ladies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Arsenal Ladies
2002–2007 Charlton Athletic Ladies
2007–2011 Chelsea Ladies
2011–2013 Lincoln Ladies 38 (1)
2014–2016 Arsenal Ladies 39 (5)
2016–2018 Liverpool Ladies 14 (1)
National team
2000–2017 England 130 (6)
2012 Great Britain 4 (1)
Teams managed
2009 Chelsea Ladies (player-manager)
2018– Manchester United Women
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Casey Jean Stoney MBE[4][5] (born 13 May 1982) is an English former footballer who currently coaches Manchester United Women. A versatile defender, she was capped more than 100 times for the England women's national football team since making her debut in 2000. After being a non playing squad member at UEFA Women's Euro 2005, she was an integral part of the England teams which reached the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 final and the quarter finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2007 and 2011. In 2012 Stoney succeeded Faye White as the England captain and also became captain of the newly formed Team GB squad for the 2012 London Olympics. She ended her playing career at Liverpool Ladies. She was appointed as the first head coach of the newly-formed Manchester United Women on 8 June 2018.[6]

Club career[edit]

Stoney joined Chelsea Ladies at the age of 12,[7] and moved on to Arsenal Ladies in 1999. She was already an England international when she joined Charlton Athletic Ladies in the summer of 2002 in search of regular first-team football. She also took up a scholarship at The Football Association's National Player Development Centre at Loughborough University.[8] In a successful first season Stoney captained Charlton to their first FA Women's Cup final.[9]

She led Charlton to success in the FA Women's Premier League Cup in 2004,[10] the FA Women's Cup in 2005 as Charlton beat Everton 1–0,[2] and the 2–1 victory over Arsenal in the 2006 Premier League Cup.[11] When Charlton disbanded their entire women's section following the relegation of Charlton Athletic men's team in 2007, Stoney expressed a forceful opinion:[12]

I'm disgusted with the club – the men get relegated and we get punished. The club's only trophies in recent years have been won by the women's team – and in the last four seasons we were the only side apart from Arsenal to win major honours. Seven weeks ago we played in front of a record crowd at the FA Cup final – that's now our last match and I'm totally gutted for everyone involved on the women's side. I just hope that what has happened to us doesn't reverberate around the women's game – otherwise it will be in serious trouble.

In July 2007 she signed for Chelsea Ladies along with Charlton and England teammate Eniola Aluko.[7] In February 2009 she became player-manager until the end of the season, following the resignation of Steve Jones.[13] At Stoney's recommendation, Matt Beard took over as manager for 2009–10.[14]

On 13 March 2010 Stoney announced on Twitter that she had signed for FA WSL rivals Lincoln Ladies to play alongside England stars such as Sue Smith and Jess Clarke. Stoney stated that Lincoln offered the prospect of full-time training, which Chelsea were unable to match.[15] Keith Boanas, her manager at Charlton, revealed that Stoney is a Chelsea supporter so found the decision extremely difficult.[16] Stoney re-joined Arsenal on a two-year deal for the 2014 season, citing her desire to win more trophies.[17]

On 13 December 2016, Liverpool confirmed that Stoney had signed with the club.[18] She played her last match at the club on 21 February 2018. She subsequently retired to take a role in Phil Neville's backroom team in the England women's national team.[19]

International career[edit]

Stoney came through England's under-age squads, making her debut for the senior team in August 2000 as a substitute against France. She was named in the provisional 30-player squad for Euro 2001 but did not make the final list of 20 and remained on the standby list. She made her first start in March 2002 against Norway,[20] and, after spells in central defence[9] and at right back,[21] went on to become England's first choice left back.[22] In February 2003 Stoney wore the captain's armband when regular skipper Karen Walker was substituted in a 1–0 friendly defeat by Italy.[9] Her first senior international goal came as England beat Portugal 4–0 in the Algarve Cup in March 2005.[2]

Stoney was named in the squad for Euro 2005, hosted in England, but remained unused as the hosts made a group stage exit. Her disappointment was such that she considered retiring from international football.[23] But by the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China, Stoney, preferred to Rachel Unitt at left back, was one of four England players to play every minute of every match as they lost a quarter final 3–0 to the United States.[24] Stoney won the Nationwide International Player of the Year award for the 2007–08 season, ahead of Anita Asante and Alex Scott.[25] In May 2009, Stoney was one of the first 17 female players to be given central contracts by The Football Association (FA).[26]

At the Euro 2009 final tournament in Finland, Stoney recovered from a red card in a 2–1 opening match defeat by Italy[27] to help England reach the final. Stoney explained that for many players this was not only the best moment of their careers, but possibly the happiest moment in their lives.[28]

Stoney with England in 2015

Stoney started all four of England's games at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, and converted her kick in the quarter-final penalty shoot-out defeat to France.[29] When pregnant Faye White retired from international football in 2012, Hope Powell appointed Stoney as the new England captain. "It's an absolute honour, the biggest privilege I've ever been given," was Stoney's response.[23]

In 2013, Stoney became the first female member of the Professional Footballers' Association's management committee.[30] She led England into their Euro 2013 campaign but the team performed poorly and finished in last place, to her "bitter disappointment".[31] When England's longstanding manager Hope Powell was sacked, Stoney was left out of new boss Mark Sampson's first squad due to a foot injury. Sampson informed Stoney that her captaincy was under review, a decision she understood.[32] Steph Houghton was then named as her successor as captain.[33]

After being called for her third straight World Cup, Stoney said the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada would be her last.[34] Mostly coming out of the bench, Stoney was part of the first English team to qualify for the semi-finals.[35] She was part of the England squad which reached the semi-finals of UEFA Women's Euro 2017 and played her last international match in a friendly against France on 21 October 2017.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.[36]
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 9 March 2005 Estádio de São Luís, Faro  Portugal 4–0 2005 Algarve Cup 1
2 8 March 2007 National Hockey Stadium, Milton Keynes  Russia 6–0 Friendly 1
3 7 March 2009 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni  France 2–2 2009 Cyprus Cup 1
4 1 March 2010 Larnaca   Switzerland 2–2 2010 Cyprus Cup 1
5 19 September 2012 Bescot Stadium, Walsall  Croatia 3–0 UEFA Euro 2013 Qual. 1
6 19 June 2014 Arena Lviv, Lviv  Ukraine 2–1 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Qual. 1

Great Britain Olympic[edit]

In June 2012 Stoney was named in the 18-player Great Britain squad formed for the 2012 London Olympics.[37] The group was selected by England manager Hope Powell and comprised 16 English players plus Scots Kim Little and Ifeoma Dieke. Stoney was confirmed in her role as captain.[38] Stoney scored in the team's second group stage match, a 3–0 win over Cameroon.[39] After winning all three matches and finishing at the top of the table for Group E, Great Britain advanced to the quarter finals where they faced Canada in front of 28,828 spectators at City of Coventry Stadium. Stoney was disappointed when Great Britain lost 2–0 and were knocked out. She argued for the continued participation of Great Britain at future Olympic football tournaments.[40] England's third-place finish at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup secured Great Britain's qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but the team were blocked from competing due to political infighting among the "Home Nations". A 2016 UEFA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament was convened instead.[41]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Great Britain's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 28 July 2012 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff  Cameroon 3–0 2012 Olympic Games 1

Managerial career[edit]

Stoney (right) as Manchester United head coach in 2019, in conversation with her former England manager Hope Powell

In February 2009, she became Chelsea Ladies player-manager until June 2009 following the resignation of Steve Jones. She retired in 2018 to take a role in Phil Neville's backroom team in the England women's national team.[19] On 8 June 2018, she was appointed as the first head coach of the newly-formed Manchester United Women.[6] Eleven months later, Stoney guided Manchester United to the FA Women's Championship title and promotion to the FA WSL.[42]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 28 April 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L GF GA GD Win %
Manchester United Women 8 June 2018 Present 28 23 1 4 108 14 +94 082.14
Career totals 28 23 1 4 108 14 +94 082.14

Personal life[edit]

In November 2012, Stoney was named 50th on The Independent newspaper's Pink List of influential lesbian and gay people in the UK.[43] On 10 February 2014, Stoney first publicly acknowledged that she was gay.[44] She is in a relationship with her former Lincoln team mate Megan Harris.[45] On 16 July 2014, she announced that Harris was pregnant with twins,[46] who were born on 8 November 2014.[47] Stoney's third child was born on 12 December 2017.

In May 2015, the University of Essex awarded Stoney an honorary degree.[48]



2000–01, 2001–02
2000–01, 2004–05, 2013–14, 2015–16
1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06
  • FA International Player of the Year Award:


Manchester United
  • LMA Women's Championship Manager of the Month: November 2018[50], February 2019[51], April 2019[52]


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