Jade Bailey (footballer)

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Jade Bailey
With Liverpool in 2019
Personal information
Full name Jade Helen Bailey[1]
Date of birth (1995-11-11) 11 November 1995 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth London, England
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Defender,[3] midfielder
Team information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
Chapel End
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Arsenal 27 (0)
2015–2019 Chelsea 13 (0)
2019Reading (loan) 6 (0)
2019–2022 Liverpool 20 (1)
International career
2010 England U17 2 (0)
England U20
2021– Jamaica 2 (0)
Medal record
Representing  Jamaica
CONCACAF W Championship
Third place 2022 Mexico
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20:23, 12 February 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 16:50, 13 August 2022 (UTC)

Jade Helen Bailey (born 11 November 1995) is an English-born Jamaican professional footballer who plays as a defender and a midfielder. She is currently a free agent, having last played for Liverpool FC, and also plays for the Jamaica women's national team. She previously played for Arsenal, Chelsea and Reading (on loan from Chelsea). She is a former England youth international. She was involved in the final stages of the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay.

Early life[edit]

Bailey is the daughter of soccer coach Trevor Bailey,[4] the founder of Interwood Junior Football Club. Bailey started playing football at age 6 for a Sunday league team,[5] becoming the top goalscorer for Chapel End.[6] She eventually became captain[4] and the only female player[4] of Waltham Forest Schools U11.[4] But the team did not allow mixed-gender teams from age 11,[5] so Bailey got a trial with Arsenal,[5] was signed to Arsenal's U12s girls team,[4] started training with Arsenal,[5] and was spotted by England scouts.[5]

Bailey says she admired footballers Ashley Cole and John Terry, then later Arsenal and England captain Faye White.[5]

Club career[edit]

She was given a scholarship and a two-year professional contract by Arsenal Ladies football team.[7] Bailey came off the bench during Arsenal's win in the 2013 FA Cup.[8][9] Bailey started the 2014 FA Cup final and was part of the Arsenal side which won 2–0.[10] In April 2015, Manchester City's England midfielder Jill Scott was shown the red card and banned for three matches for headbutting Bailey during a match.[11]

Bailey transferred to Chelsea in 2016[12] and made 16 appearances in her first season, as a deep-lying midfielder and sometimes in central defence. She suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in April 2017, ruling her out of participation in the following season.[13] In January 2019, Chelsea gave Bailey a one-year contract extension and sent her on loan to Reading to prove her fitness.[14]

In July 2019 Bailey was transferred to Liverpool, who assigned her the number 8 shirt.[15] She was released at the end of the 2021-22 season.[16]

International career[edit]

Bailey made her debut for England's under-17s on 3 October 2010 against Turkey[17] as a defender[3] although she had been an unplayed substitute in the matches against Italy[18] and Serbia[19] earlier that year. She was chosen by kit manufacturer Umbro in 2010 as one of the next generation of England's footballing stars.[20][21]

She was included in the England u20 for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.[1] In 2016 Bailey was selected by coach Marieanne Spacey for England's 'Next Gen' squad, which replaced the previous Under-23 set up, though still competing in U23-aged matches and competitions.[22]

On May 6, 2021 Bailey was included in the Jamaica women's national football team for the friendlies against Nigeria and the United States. On 25 October 2021, she debuted for Jamaica.[23]

Olympic Games[edit]

The Olympic organizers appealed[24] for a talented young footballer to take part in the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay. Bailey had been trained[24] by the Bailey Elite Football Academy in Wadham Lodge, Walthamstow during her teens[24] and Waltham Forest Council nominated her to the organizers.[24] Her part in the relay was watched by an estimated global audience of one billion[24] as she stood on the prow of the motorboat driven by David Beckham and held the Olympic torch that was ferried to Steve Redgrave during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.[25][26][27][28] She was interviewed by the BBC's children's news program Newsround about the event[29] and pointed out that Beckham drove the boat for most of its journey but didn't get to park it.[29]


  • FA Women's Cup
    • Winner (2): 2012–13 and 2013–2014
  • FA Women's Championship


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  12. ^ Ruszkai, Ameé (11 January 2016). "Chelsea Ladies complete double signing of Jade Bailey and Becky Spencer". Vavel. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Jade Bailey: Chelsea Ladies midfielder tears anterior cruciate ligament". BBC Sport. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Jade Bailey: Reading Women sign Chelsea midfielder on loan". BBC Sport. 3 January 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Jade Bailey joins Liverpool Women ahead of Women's Super League season". Sky Sports. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Liverpool FC Women confirm player departures". www.liverpoolfc.com.
  17. ^ "Jade Bailey". The FA. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  18. ^ "TEN-PLAYER ENGLAND EARN 0–0 DRAW WITH ITALY IN EURO QUALIFIER". The FA. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
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  22. ^ "Marieanne Spacey has picked 16 players to complete a six-day training camp". The Football Association. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  23. ^ @jff_football (24 October 2021). "Four International debuts for the #ReggaeGirlz! Murray, Bailey, Spence and Gayle all start ✊🏿.#ReggaeGirlz…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ a b c d e "Footballer Jade Bailey, who travelled with the Olympic Torch in a speedboat driven by David Beckham, was among dozens of Waltham Forest residents who starred in the opening ceremony". Waltham Forest Guardian. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  25. ^ "Arsenal LFC twitter announcement of Jade Bailey on the boat". Arsenal LFC. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  26. ^ Wilson, Peter (28 July 2012). "Olympic Games begin in British spirit". The Australian. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  27. ^ "Olympics Opening Ceremony Lives Up To Hype". Sky News. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  28. ^ Dillman, Lisa (27 July 2012). "London Olympics: Message is unity as youngsters light the torch". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  29. ^ a b "David Beckham did drive the speed boat during ceremony". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2012.

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