Harriet Scott (footballer)

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Harriet Scott
Personal information
Full name Harriet Archer Scott[1]
Date of birth (1993-02-10) 10 February 1993 (age 29)
Place of birth Reading, England[2]
Height 162 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 3
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2018 Reading 24 (0)
2018– Birmingham City 65 (0)
National team
2017– Republic of Ireland 20 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 8 May 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 1 December 2020

Harriet Archer Scott (born 10 February 1993) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for Birmingham City and the Republic of Ireland national team.[3] She was named Women's International Player of the Year by the Football Association of Ireland in 2018.[4] A combative left-back, Scott joined Reading at youth level and remained with the Berkshire club when they were promoted into the FA Women's Super League in 2015.

Club career[edit]

Scott joined her local club Reading as an eight-year-old and progressed through the club's youth system to debut in the first team as a 16-year-old. She spent some time out of football due to her studies, before returning to Reading and helping them secure promotion to the top-flight FA Women's Super League in 2015.[5]

Scott signed a full-time professional contract with Reading in January 2016.[6] She made seven appearances during the 2016 FA WSL season.[7] Reading finished in eighth place with a 1–9–6 record.[7] After signing a new contract with Reading for the 2017 FA WSL season, Scott made eight appearances during the regular season. The team finished in sixth place with a 2–4–2 record.[7]

After leaving Reading, Scott agreed to join Birmingham City ahead of the 2018–19 FA WSL season.[8] In her first season she was an important player for The Blues as they performed better than expected, compiling a 13–6–1 record to finish fourth in the League.[9] She signed a new two-year contract with Birmingham in July 2019.[10] Following the departure of the long-serving Kerys Harrop in 2020, Scott was appointed club captain by incoming Birmingham manager Carla Ward.[11]

International career[edit]


In 2010, Scott was included in the Republic of Ireland U-17 squad who were runners-up in the 2010 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship[12] and quarter-finalists in the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.[13][14] Scott was born in England but eligible to play football for Ireland because three of her four grandparents were Irish.[3] After refusing an under-19 call up in order to prioritise her educational commitments, Scott spent an extended period out of consideration at international level.[15]


Scott made her debut for the Republic of Ireland women's national football team at the 2017 Cyprus Cup in a 2–0 win over Czech Republic.[16] She became an important national team player under head coach Colin Bell, displaying good form in the unsuccessful 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying series.[17]






Personal life[edit]

During the 2020–21 FA WSL season, Scott entered her final year of studying medicine at Keele University.[19] She is a qualified and chartered physiotherapist, and left her full-time position at Royal Berkshire Hospital to become a professional footballer, although she continued to work at the Hospital part-time.[20] During the hiatus in her playing career with Reading, Scott moved to Bristol, attended the University of West England and worked as a physiotherapist for the Wales women's national football team under head coach Jayne Ludlow.[21]


  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/08/2018 and 31/08/2018" (PDF). The FA. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  2. ^ Hannigan, Mary (19 September 2020). "Girls in green: meet the Irish women's soccer team". The Irish Times. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b Malone, Emmet (5 July 2017). "Harriet Scott enjoying "surprise" return to the Ireland fold". Irish Times. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  4. ^ Gallagher, Aaron (5 July 2019). "FAI International Player of the Year Scott signs new deal with Birmingham until 2021". The42.ie. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Harriet Scott: Reading Women defender signs new full-time contract". BBC Sport. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Reading women: Melissa Fletcher and Harriet Scott sign new deals". BBC. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "H. Scott". Soccer Way. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Harriet Scott: Birmingham City Women sign ex-Reading full-back". BBC Sport. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  9. ^ House, Alfie (11 March 2020). "Harriet Scott: The qualified physio on balancing her studies with WSL and international football". Synergy Sports Management. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Harriet Scott Commits". Birmingham City F.C. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  11. ^ Rendell, Sarah (5 September 2020). "Harriet Scott and Christie Murray named as Birmingham City's captains". Newschain.uk. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Women's U17 Player Profiles". Football Association of Ireland. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  13. ^ "King announces 21 player squad for FIFA U17 World Cup". Football Association of Ireland. 24 August 2010. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Republic of Ireland – Squad List". FIFA. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  15. ^ Farrell, Sinead (26 November 2017). "'It was just me being realistic. I wouldn't have been happy sacrificing my education for football'". The42.ie. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  16. ^ O'Grady, Dave. "Ireland's new loyal Royal". sportdec. Archived from the original on 24 April 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Scott wins Ireland Player of the Year!". Reading F.C. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  18. ^ "Shane Duffy and Harriet Scott take top billing at Three FAI International Awards". Irish Examiner. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  19. ^ McElwee, Molly. "Harriet Scott on juggling the stress of being a medical student whilst playing for Birmingham City". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  20. ^ Hopes, James (27 September 2016). "Reading FC Women in the spotlight - Harriet Scott". Football in Berkshire. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  21. ^ "Scott: I've always been driven to do more". The Football Association. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020.

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