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Jen Beattie
Jennifer Beattie 2020.jpg
Beattie with Arsenal in 2020
Personal information
Full name Jennifer Patricia Beattie[1]
Date of birth (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 31)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.77 m)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
Hamilton Academical
Queen's Park
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Queen's Park
2008–2009 Celtic Ladies
2009–2013 Arsenal 83 (25)
2013–2015 Montpellier HSC 29 (5)
2015–2019 Manchester City 114 (12)
2015–2016Melbourne City (loan) 12 (2)
2019– Arsenal 41 (6)
National team
2007–2010 Scotland U19
2008– Scotland 140 (23)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 28 February 2021
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23 February 2021

Jennifer Patricia Beattie (born 13 May 1991) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for Arsenal of the FA WSL and the Scotland national team. Beattie is a tall, strong, right-footed player.[2] Although typically a defender or midfielder,[3] she is also an accomplished goalscorer.[4] She is the daughter of former Scotland and British Lions rugby union player, John Beattie.

Early life[edit]

Beattie began playing football with her brother Johnnie and his friends, while at primary school. She was eventually selected to the Glasgow Primary School select team, as the only girl, and was named captain.[5] Beattie then played with Hamilton Academical's boys' teams.[6]

Club career[edit]

Queen's Park[edit]

Beattie began her senior career in the Scottish Women's Premier League with Queen's Park FC Ladies as a 15-year-old. She helped the club reach the final of the Scottish Women's Premier League Cup in November 2007; Queen's Park lost 4–0 to a Hibernian Ladies team containing Beattie's future Arsenal teammate Kim Little.[7]


In January 2008 Beattie moved to Celtic Ladies.[8] She spent a year and a half with the club before leaving to join Arsenal Ladies.


Beattie joined Arsenal in July 2009;[4][9] her first goals for Arsenal came on 8 November 2009 where she scored a stunning treble to seal a comeback against Chelsea after being 2–0 down at half-time.[10] In March 2010, Beattie played in attack during Arsenal's 2–0 defeat by FCR 2001 Duisburg in the quarter-final of the UEFA Women's Champions League.[11] While at Arsenal, she won the 2009 Women's Premier League, the 2011 and 2012 FA Women's League Cup, now called the Continental Cup, and the 2011 and 2013 FA Cups.


Beattie left Arsenal in July 2013 to join French Division 1 Féminine side Montpellier HSC on a two-year contract.[12][13][14] While at Montpellier, she made 25 regular season appearances with the side, scoring 5 goals in the process.[15][16]

Manchester City[edit]

Beattie returned to England with Manchester City Women for the 2015 season.[17][18] In November 2018, she became the fifth player to reach 100 appearances for the club. She played a role in City's victories in the 2016 FA WSL, the 2016–17 and 2018–19 editions of the Women's FA Cup, and the 2018–19 FA Women's League Cup.

Melbourne City (loan)[edit]

Beattie joined Manchester City's sister club Melbourne City during Manchester City's offseason, before the third round of the 2015–16 W-League season.[19] While at Melbourne City, she helped the club during its double W-League and Grand Final wins, as well as their 100% record season.[20]

Return to Arsenal[edit]

Beattie rejoined Arsenal in June 2019.[21]

International career[edit]

Beattie (left, #15) with Scotland teammates, 2014

Beattie represented Scotland at under-17 level,[22] and made her debut for the under-19s at the age of 14.

Beattie made her debut for the senior Scotland side in March 2008, against the United States in Cyprus, as second-half substitute for Leanne Ross.[23] She went on to establish herself in the national side during the 2009 European Championships qualifying campaign. She scored her first international goal as Scotland beat Portugal 4–1 in a European Championship qualifying game in May 2008.[24] Beattie played in both legs of the qualifying play-off defeat to Russia in October and November 2008.[3] After the first leg, Beattie and Kim Little were identified by football writer Graham Spiers as talented youngsters.[25]

In March 2011, Beattie played as a striker and scored in Scotland's 2–0 win over England, the first time Scotland had beaten England since 1977.[26] Beattie became a regular with the Scotland national team. While she was instrumental in helping Scotland reach its first major tournament, the 2017 UEFA Women's Euro Championship, she missed out on the tournament due to injury.[27] She continued her contribution helping Scotland qualify for its first FIFA Women's World Cup, the 2019 tournament in France. On 15 May 2019 Beattie was named to the Scotland's 2019 Women's World Cup squad.[28][29] At the finals, she scored in the 3–3 tie with Argentina.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Beattie is the daughter of former Scotland and British Lions rugby union player, John Beattie and the sister of former Scottish rugby union international Johnnie Beattie.[2] She attended Jordanhill School in Glasgow[2] and on signing for Arsenal enrolled at Hertfordshire University.

In October 2020, Beattie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery to remove the lump and, as the cancer had not spread, began radiotherapy instead of chemotherapy.[31] Despite treatment Beattie continued to appear for both Arsenal and Scotland.[32] Beattie won the Helen Rollason Award for 2021, in recognition of her work since the cancer diagnosis.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Beattie goal.
List of international goals scored by Jen Beattie[24]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 May 2008 Municipal Stadium, Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal  Portugal 4–1 2009 UEFA Women's Championship qualification
2 28 September 2008 McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland  Slovakia 6–0 2009 UEFA Women's Championship qualification
3 30 October 2008 Spartak Stadium, Nalchik, Russia  Russia 2–1 2009 UEFA Women's Championship play-off
4 24 October 2009 Yiannis Pathiakakis Stadium, Ano Liosia, Greece  Greece 1–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
5 27 March 2010 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia 3–1 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
6 19 June 2010 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 5–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
7 21 August 2010 Strathclyde Homes Stadium, Dumbarton, Scotland  Greece 4–1 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
8 4 March 2011 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  England 2–0 2011 Cyprus Cup
9 21 August 2011 Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk, Scotland  Switzerland 5–0 Friendly
10 21 September 2011 Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland  Finland 7–2 Friendly
12 12 October 2011 Ness Ziona Stadium, Ness Ziona, Israel  Israel 6–1 2013 UEFA Women's Championship qualification
13 27 October 2011 Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland  Wales 2–2 2013 UEFA Women's Championship qualification
14 5 February 2012 Solitude, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 5–1 Friendly
18 26 September 2013 Fir Park, Motherwell, Scotland  Bosnia and Herzegovina 7–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
19 26 October 2013 Fir Park, Motherwell, Scotland  Northern Ireland 2–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
20 7 March 2014 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Netherlands 4–3 2014 Cyprus Cup
21 13 September 2014 Fir Park, Motherwell, Scotland  Faroe Islands 9–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
22 29 November 2015 St Mirren Park, Paisley, Scotland  North Macedonia 0–0 2017 UEFA Women's Championship qualification
23 19 June 2019 Parc des Princes, Paris, France  Argentina 3–3 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c White, Neil (26 October 2008). "Jennifer Beattie ready to play Russian roulette". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  3. ^ a b Wayne Harrison & Martins Hartmanis (29 May 2010). "Beattie despondent but unbowed". UEFA. Archived from the original on 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  4. ^ a b "14. Jennifer Beattie". Arsenal F.C. Archived from the original on 17 August 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  5. ^ Lynch, Michael (30 January 2016). "Soccer: Defensive backbone Jen Beattie eyes W-League medal as perfect souvenir". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  6. ^ Oatway, Caroline (23 December 2014). "MCWFC sign Jennifer Beattie". Manchester City. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  7. ^ Gavin Madeley (10 November 2007). "Match Report". The Pink. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  8. ^ "John's girl now a Celt... Jen up". Evening Times. 26 January 2008.
  9. ^ "Statistics 2009–10". Arsenal F.C. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2009.
  10. ^ "Chelsea Ladies 2 – Arsenal Ladies 3". BBC Sport. 8 November 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  11. ^ Paul Saffer (14 March 2010). "Duisburg end Arsenal challenge". UEFA. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  12. ^ "Jennifer Beattie, L'Accent Écossais du MHSC" (in French). Montpellier HSC. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Arsenal Ladies duo to leave the club". Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Beattie (Arsenal) à Montpellier" [Beattie (Arsenal) to Montpellier]. L'Équipe (in French). 19 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Jennifer Beattie". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Jennifer Beattie" (in French). Montpellier HSC. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Man City Women sign Jennifer Beattie from Montpellier". BBC Sport. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  18. ^ "CONTINENTAL CUP HOLDERS MAN CITY SIGN JENNIFER BEATTIE". The FA. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  19. ^ "W-League sign Jennifer Beattie on loan from sister club Manchester City Women". Melbourne City. 30 October 2015.
  20. ^ "JEN BEATTIE HITS CITY CENTURY". Melbourne City. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Jen Beattie: Arsenal Women sign Manchester City and Scotland defender". BBC Sport. 5 June 2019. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  22. ^ "Tony upbeat after Final defeat". Women's Soccer Scene. 17 April 2006. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  23. ^ "Scotland v USA". The Scottish FA. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  24. ^ a b "Jennifer Beattie – Women's A Squad". The Scottish FA. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  25. ^ Graham Spiers (26 October 2008). "It is definitely a mistake to patronise the women's game". The Times. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  26. ^ Leighton, Tony (4 March 2011). "England 0–2 Scotland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
  27. ^ Graham Spiers (2 July 2017). "Leanne Crichton: Midfielder rues loss of Jen Beattie, Kim Little & Lizzie Arnot". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  28. ^ Wrack, Suzanne (15 May 2019). "Women's World Cup: Arsenal's Emma Mitchell left out of Scotland squad". The Guardian.
  29. ^ "Women's World Cup: Meet Shelley Kerr's Scotland squad for France". BBC Sport. 15 May 2019.
  30. ^ "Scotland crash out of Women's World Cup after dramatic Argentina comeback". Guardian. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  31. ^ "Beattie plays on during cancer treatment". BBC Sport.
  32. ^ McElwee, Molly (12 December 2020). "Jen Beattie exclusive interview: "To score when I'd just been diagnosed with breast cancer – it was the epitome of a team coming together"". The Telegraph.
  33. ^ "Sports Personality 2021: Arsenal and Scotland defender Jen Beattie wins Helen Rollason Award". BBC Sport. 19 December 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2021.

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