Jayne Ludlow

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Jayne Ludlow
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Personal information
Full name Jayne Louise Ludlow[1]
Date of birth (1979-01-07) 7 January 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Llwynypia, Wales
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wales (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Barry Town Ladies
Millwall Lionesses
Southampton Saints
2000–2013 Arsenal Ladies
2005 New York Magic (loan)[2] 6 (3)
National team
1996–2012 Wales 61 (19)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Reading
2014– Wales
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jayne Louise Ludlow (born 7 January 1979) is a Welsh football coach and former player. She is the Wales women's national football team manager.

As a player, Ludlow represented Arsenal for 13 years, and captained the Welsh national team until her international retirement in 2012. Ludlow played as a midfielder and remains Arsenal's all-time record goalscorer.

Club career[edit]

Ludlow's father had been a professional football player, and she began her own football career early, playing with a boys' team before having to stop aged 12.[3] Ludlow enjoyed a promising junior career in athletics, being the British record holder in the triple jump at Under-17 level and also representing the UK at the Under-20s level.[4] She also represented Wales at netball and basketball.[3][5] Ludlow decided to focus on football, but had to travel to Barry Town to play since there were no girls' teams in the South Wales Valleys.[3][6]

Ludlow won a scholarship to University of Pennsylvania in the United States, but left months into the four-year course due to dissatisfaction with the standard of football.[3][6] She then moved to London and played for Millwall Lionesses and Southampton Saints while completing a physiotherapy degree at King's College, London.[6]

Joining Arsenal in 2000, Ludlow scored 28 goals from midfield as she helped the Gunners to a domestic treble in her first season. At the time, manager Vic Akers described her as "the best box-to-box player in the women's game".[6] She was voted Players' Player of the Year in 2001, an achievement she repeated in 2003 and 2004. In 2007 Ludlow was a key part of the side which won an unprecedented quadruple, scoring 24 goals.[7] In the 2005 off-season she returned to the United States to play for New York Magic.[2]

She remained loyal to Arsenal, becoming vice-captain and the club's all-time leading scorer.[8] Her favourite male player was Roy Keane.[3]

During Arsenal's 1–0 league win at Everton in April 2010, Ludlow was red carded for an "aggressive outburst" at opponent Fara Williams.[9] This meant that club captain Ludlow was suspended for the 2010 FA Women's Cup Final, in which Arsenal were beaten by Everton.

In July 2013 after a succession of injuries Ludlow announced her retirement from playing, indicating a desire to focus on her role as an academy coach with Arsenal Ladies and Wales.[10] The following month she accepted a position as manager and director of Reading Women, who had successfully bid for a place in the FA WSL 2.[11]

International career[edit]

Ludlow won her first senior Wales cap at the age of 17, against the Republic of Ireland in February 1996.[12]

In early 2010 Ludlow left the Wales team after many years of disenchantment and a dispute with the coach Adrian Tucker. In November 2010 she returned to the fold following the appointment of new coach Jarmo Matikainen.[13] Ludlow then won her 50th cap, and scored her 18th goal, in captaining Wales to an 8–1 win over Bulgaria.[14]

When Ludlow retired from international football in October 2012, she was described by Matikainen as "the most successful player that Wales has ever had".[15]


2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
2011, 2012
2011, 2012
2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
2000–01, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09
  • FA Players' Player of the Year Award: 3
2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04.


  1. ^ "Jayne Ludlow". UEFA. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "New York Magic". USLsoccer.com. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Profile and interview". BBC. 11 July 2002. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Neil Wilson (30 May 2003). "Where have all the athletes gone? Kids love the sport and so do the elite. . . but those in between are quitting in droves". Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Emma Robertson (3 September 1995). "Schoolgirl with the world at her feet". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d Sarah Potter (6 October 2001). "Ludlow leaps on to bigger stage". The Times. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Statistics 2006–2007". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Short profile". Arsenal FC. 
  9. ^ "Ladies lose to the Gunners". Everton F.C. 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  10. ^ Brumsack, Nik (11 July 2013). "'I've enjoyed every single minute'". Arsenal.com. Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Jayne Ludlow appointed Reading Manager". She Kicks. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Jayne Ludlow". UEFA. 
  13. ^ Tony Leighton (21 November 2010). "Arsenal's Jayne Ludlow returns to Wales's colours against Bulgaria". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  14. ^ "Match Report – Wales 8 – 1 Bulgaria". FAW.org.uk. 
  15. ^ "Arsenal's Jayne Ludlow calls time on Wales career". British Broadcasting Corporation. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 

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