Claudia Walker

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Claudia Walker
London Bees v Everton LFC, 20 May 2017 (008) (cropped) - Claudia Walker.jpg
Walker with the FA WSL 2 Spring Series trophy in May 2017
Personal information
Full name Claudia Walker
Date of birth (1996-06-10) 10 June 1996 (age 26)
Place of birth England
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 9
Youth career
Stoke City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Liverpool 6 (0)
2015–2019 Everton 54 (17)
2019Birmingham City (loan) 7 (0)
2019–2021 Birmingham City 34 (5)
2021– West Ham United 18 (3)
National team
2012–2013 England Under-17 5 (0)
2014–2015 England Under-19 9 (1)
2016– England Under-23 5 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:35, 26 September 2021 (UTC)

Claudia Walker (born 10 June 1996)[1] is an English footballer who plays as a forward for West Ham United. She previously played for Birmingham City, Everton, Liverpool, and Stoke City. Walker has represented England on the under-17, under-19 and under-23 national teams.[2]

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Walker spent her youth career with Stoke City eventually making a debut for the first team in 2013.[3][4]

Club[edit]

Liverpool FC, 2014[edit]

Walker joined Liverpool for the 2014 FA WSL season. Walker made two appearances during the regular season.[5] Liverpool finished in first place with a 7–2–5 record.[6]

Everton FC, 2015–19[edit]

In February 2015, Walker signed for the recently relegated Merseyside rivals, Everton of the WSL 2.[7]

Walker would become a regular for the Blues and played forward as striker, helping Everton with the Spring Series with seven goals in nine appearances.[2] The Blues were promoted to WSL 1 for the 2017-18 season and signed Walker to a 2-year full-time professional contract.[8] In December 2017, Walker suffered a hamstring injury and would miss the remainder for the 2017-18 season.[9]

Birmingham City, 2019–2021[edit]

In January 2019, Walker went on loan to Birmingham City for the 2018–19 FA WSL season. After featuring 17 times and scoring once, she was offered a two-year contract by the club. She made the permanent switch from Everton in June 2019, signing a two-year contract.[10][11]

During the 2019–20 FA WSL season, Walker was a starting player in 10 of the 13 games she played.[12] Birmingham City finished in 11th place with a 2–10–1 record.[13] In June 2020, she was awarded the PFA Community Champion Award.[14]

Returning to Birmingham City for the 2020–21 season, Walker scored her first goal of the season during a 5–2 loss to Manchester City.[15] She scored the game-winning goal in a 1–0 win against Reading on 11 October.[16] Seven days later on 18 October, she scored a 50th minute "wonder goal" in a 4–0 win against Bristol City.[17] Her fifth goal of the season was the game winner during a 1–0 over Aston Villa on 14 November.[18]

West Ham United 2021–

Signed to West Ham 1 July 2021 [19][20]

International[edit]

Walker has represented England on the under-17, under-19 and under-23 national teams. She captained the under-19 national team during the first game of the 2014 UEFA Championship, scoring the only goal for England in the tournament.[5] In 2017, she competed with the under-23 national team at the 2017 Nordic Tournament. Walker scored two goals in the opening match against Sweden and England would go on to win the tournament.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Claudia Walker". Birmingham City F.C. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Claudia Walker | Everton Football Club". www.evertonfc.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Award-Winner Claudia Walker Hopes to Fire Everton to SSE Women's FA Cup Glory". www.thefa.com. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Stoke City Profile". www.stokecityladies.com. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b Heather Carroll (27 October 2014). "Liverpool Ladies Player-by-Player Season Review". www.thisisanfield.com. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  6. ^ "2014 FA WSL". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  7. ^ Bruce Archer (23 February 2015). "Everton complete shock capture of young Liverpool midfielder". Express. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Claudia Walker profile". loverevertonforum.com. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Walker Facing Spell Out After Surgery". www.evertonfc.com. 12 December 2017. Archived from the original on 30 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Birmingham City: Everton's Claudia Walker completes Women's Super League switch". BBC. 3 June 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  11. ^ "CLAUDIA WALKER SIGNS PERMANENT CONTRACT". Birmingham City. 3 June 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Claudia Walker". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  13. ^ "2019-20 FA WSL". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  14. ^ "Claudia Walker wins PFA Community Champion Award". Birmingham City FC. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  15. ^ "Birmingham City Women 2 Manchester United Women". BBC Sport. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  16. ^ "Reading Women 0 Birmingham City Women". BBC Sport. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  17. ^ Hadley, Craig (19 October 2020). "WSL Round-up: Wonder goal from Claudia Walker in Blues win over Bristol". Midland WOSO. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  18. ^ "Aston Villa Women 0 Birmingham City Women". BBC Sport. 14 November 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  19. ^ Freville, Chris (2 July 2021). "Claudia Walker signs for West Ham from Birmingham City". Her Football Hub. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  20. ^ @westhamwomen (1 July 2021). "Our new No.9 ⚒Welcome to West Ham United, Claudia Walker! ✍️" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ "Nordic Tournament Four Nations U-23 Tournament 2017". www.womenssoccerunited.com. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Caudwell, Jayne (2013), Women's Football in the UK: Continuing with Gender Analyses, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9781317966234
  • 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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