Clare Taylor

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Clare Taylor
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Personal information
Full name Clare Elizabeth Taylor
Date of birth (1965-05-22) 22 May 1965 (age 53)
Place of birth Huddersfield, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Sweeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Liverpool Ladies
National team
1990– England
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Clare Taylor
Personal information
Full name Clare Elizabeth Taylor
Born (1965-05-22) 22 May 1965 (age 53)
Huddersfield, England
Batting Right-handed
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 18) 17 November 1995 v India
Last Test 22 August 2003 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 53) 5 December 1988 v Ireland
Last ODI 30 August 2005 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
Career statistics
Competition WTests WODI
Matches 16 105
Runs scored 226 303
Batting average 16.14 8.65
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 43 29
Catches/stumpings 5/– 28/–
Source: Cricinfo, 8 February 2011

Clare Elizabeth Taylor MBE (born 22 May 1965) is an English sportswoman, the first woman to have played on a World Cup team in both cricket and football.[1] She represented England at both cricket, as a member of the winning World Cup cricket team in 1993, and football (World Cup 1995). She was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2000 for her services to women’s sport. Taylor attended Moor End High School and still has her name on the athletics records board.

Football career[edit]

Taylor began playing at age 11 and after answering a Women's Football Association advert in Shoot magazine, started playing for Bronte Ladies.[2] Her England debut came in a 2–0 defeat to Germany in Bochum on 16 December 1990. When Bronte were relegated Taylor moved to Knowsley United, who became Liverpool Ladies shortly after losing the FA Women's Cup final to Doncaster Belles in 1994.[3] Taylor had joined Knowsley United in preference to the dominant Doncaster Belles because she wanted the challenge of playing for a developing club.[4]

Taylor's Liverpool were also beaten in the following two season's FA Cup finals, by Arsenal[5] and Croydon[6] respectively. In 1993 Taylor had played for Knowsley United in the FA Women's Premier League Cup final at Wembley and for England women's cricket team in the World Cup final at Lord's Cricket Ground.[7]

During her amateur sporting career, Taylor was employed by the Royal Mail. Though she noted: "The amount of time I spend away on unpaid leave has got beyond a joke."[8] Although Taylor preferred football to cricket, she focused on cricket after being dropped from the England football team.[4]


  1. ^ "England women's squad". BBC Sport. 18 January 2003. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Davies, Pete (1996). I Lost My Heart To The Belles. London: Mandarin. p. 295. ISBN 0-7493-2085-0. 
  3. ^ Rudd, Alyson (25 April 1994). "Football: Belles bring class to bear: Doncaster dominate women's FA Cup final". London: The Independent. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Clare Taylor Interview". Leeds: The Corridor of Uncertainty. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Spacey the difference for Arsenal". London: The Independent. 1 May 1995. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Sarah Forde (29 April 1996). "Croydon spot chance for first cup victory". London: The Times. 
  7. ^ Henry Winter (28 August 1993). "Football diary: Music for penalty arias". London: The Independent. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Baker, Andrew (24 December 1995). "Taylor takes pleasure in double delivery". London: The Independent. 

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