Nobbs with Arsenal in 2012
|Full name||Jordan Nobbs|
|Date of birth||8 December 1992|
|Place of birth||Stockton-on-Tees, England|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.59 m)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:15, 20 November 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:41, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
Jordan Nobbs (born 8 December 1992) is an English footballer who plays for Arsenal. She is a combative, goalscoring central midfielder. She has represented the England women's national football team at youth and senior level.
Nobbs joined the Sunderland centre of excellence aged eight, and was also attached to Middlesbrough as a youngster. In the 2008–09 season, she emulated her father Keith Nobbs by representing Durham schools, while a pupil at Sedgefield Community College.
Upon turning 16 in December 2008, Nobbs began playing for the Sunderland first-team. In her first season in senior football, Nobbs helped Sunderland win the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division and reach the 2009 FA Women's Cup final, where they were narrowly beaten by Arsenal.
The following season, Nobbs was an "integral" part of Sunderland's success as they finished fifth in their first season back at the top level. In November 2009, Nobbs scored against Arsenal, as Sunderland inflicted only the Gunners' second league defeat in more than six years.
When Sunderland's bid to join the FA WSL failed, Nobbs was approached by several of the leading clubs in the country. She eventually signed for Arsenal in August 2010. With Arsenal awaiting the impending arrival of the FA WSL which would become a summer competition for the first six seasons, Nobbs continued to play for Sunderland in the 2010–11 Premier League. Sunderland won the league that season but were not promoted as the WSL lineup was already confirmed.
Arsenal's general manager Vic Akers said of Nobbs: "Jordan is only 17 years old, but has already shown huge potential, and I'm confident that she will prove herself on the highest level, when the Champions League gets underway in September."
Nobbs made her Arsenal debut in Serbia in September 2010, as a second-half substitute in a 3–1 UEFA Women's Champions League win over ZFK Masinac. She scored her first goal in the home leg, the 6th goal in a 9–0 win. She appeared in all eight of Arsenal's games starting the last five as Arsenal lost out at the semi final stage to Lyon.  On May 21 2011, Nobbs started for Arsenal as they won the Women's FA Cup final beating Bristol Academy 2–0 at the Ricoh Arena. Nobbs played a key role in the inaugural WSL season as Arsenal won the title while playing 12 of the 14 games, making 9 starts and scoring 1 goal. At the completion of the WSL, the rebranded League Cup was played with Nobbs starting the quarter and semi finals and coming on as a sub for Danielle Carter after 69 minutes in the final against Birmingham City which Arsenal won 4–1.
Nobbs appeared in seven of Arsenal's eight Champions League matches scoring 4 goals in the process as Arsenal were knocked out at the semi final stage for the second consecutive season. In April, Arsenal's defense of their WSL title got underway. Nobbs played in the match at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium against Chelsea, a match that more than doubled the record WSL attendence of 2510 set in Chelsea's home match against Arsenal in 2011. Nobbs featured in 13 of Arsenal's 14 matches as they retained the title without losing a match, Nobbs also improved her end product scoring 5 goals and finishing as the joint 6th top scorer in the league.
For the third consecutive season, Nobbs featured as Arsenal reached the semi final stage of the Champions League but once again fell short of the final this time to Wolfsburg. Nobbs scored in the 2013 FA Cup final as Arsenal beat Bristol Academy 3–0 at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster. Nobbs was ever present in an ultimately disappointing WSL campaign which saw them fail to qualify for the 2014–15 Champions League although their 2012 WSL win had already qualified them for the 2013–14 Champions League. Nobbs finished as Arsenal's joint top scorer alongside striker, Danielle Carter with 6 goals. Nobbs played every game as Arsenal won the WSL Cup beating Lincoln in the final at The Hive in Barnet.
Nobbs played in Arsenal's first four Champions League matches, scoring 4 goals but then picked up a back injury before the competition returned in March 2014 as Arsenal lost 3–0 on aggregate to WSL rivals Birmingham City. Nobbs also missed the entirety of Arsenal's victorious FA Cup campaign. She did not return during the summer season until July 6th for a substitute appearance in a WSL Cup tie with Chelsea which Arsenal won 3–0. Without Nobbs, Arsenal had only won one of their first five games and were bottom of the league with just a point after four games. By the end of the season, despite only playing nine games, she had scored five goals which left her once again as Arsenal's joint top scorer with Casey Stoney. Arsenal also reached the WSL Cup final with Nobbs playing the last two group matches and the semi final and the final which Arsenal lost 1–0 to Man City at Adams Park in High Wycombe.
The 2015 WSL was another injury hit season for Nobbs, picking up a hamstring injury 10 minutes into a 0–0 draw with Chelsea on April 30th just over a month before the 2015 World Cup in Canada which she did travel to but did not play as England finished 3rd. On the post World Cup WSL resumption, Arsenal won five of their last seven matches but two consecutive defeats in August to Man City and Chelsea severely damaged Arsenal's title challenge. Even so, Nobbs claimed, after a 3–1 win over Sunderland that left Arsenal two points off the top, that their title challenge was still on despite having played a game fewer than their rivals, "Of course we can still win this title. You look at what happened last season where Liverpool were third and ended up winning it, so nothing's impossible. We're just going to do whatever we can to get as many points and as many goals as we can – never say die until the final whistle goes." Chelsea and Man City won both their remaining games leaving Arsenal third in the WSL and once again missing out on Champions League qualification. Arsenal managed to salvage something from the 2015 season in the League Cup. Winning all 5 of the group games and then their three knockout games including victory over holders, Man City in the quarter finals, Arsenal were dominant champions with Nobbs scoring two goals in the final at Rotherham United's New York Stadium. Nobbs said, "It’s been a tough time for us, It was disappointing to finish third in the league, so to win that trophy was crucial to us. We need to make sure we’re not coming third in the league again next year. We don’t feel like we’ve let anybody down, but we really needed to come home with that trophy to show to everyone that we’re still fighting for every single thing. I’m very proud of what we’ve done as a team in this tournament and I was very determined to get a goal – luckily two of them have come off. The three goals we scored show how determined we were to win the trophy." Nobbs was named Player of the Match in the League Cup final.
In the FA Cup round of 16, Arsenal required penalties to advance with Nobbs scoring the decisive kick. Nobbs said, "We made life a bit harder for ourselves today but it’s always nice to get the first game out of the way. We know we can play a lot better than that even though we’ve come away with a victory. Going behind was a blow but we still felt at half time that we could come back and win. Had we taken our chances, we could have settled it earlier. It was always going to be difficult and Birmingham are one of the most physical sides to play against. Going to extra time was harder on the legs but we showed our strength, we practice penalties because we know it could come down to this and there’s experience in our side. You could almost guarantee that Fara (Williams) and Kelly (Smith) were going to score, so I wanted to score mine for the team and for all the hard work we have put in pre-season." In May 2016, Nobbs featured in the final of the FA Cup of 2016 which Arsenal won against Chelsea by a scoreline of 1–0. The WSL season was once again ultimately disappointing for Arsenal, finishing 3rd. Arsenal manager, Pedro Martinez Losa was full of praise for Nobbs after a good performance against Notts County in July, "There’s no question about the importance of Jordan Nobbs and what level she can get to. We know her quality and because of how young she is she brings a lot of energy to the team." Nobbs scored a stunning goal in the 4–0 win over Sunderland later that month. She said, "It was probably one of my best goals of the season but also for the team, the passing and movement, and it wouldn't have come off but for Dan's play, I'm glad to have got a goal but I was proud of the girls today for the way we played. Every game counts for us and we're creeping around the back door. We need the other teams to drop points but at the moment, we're putting in great team performances. We need to finish on a high so we must keep winning and score a lot of goals and continue not conceding." Arsenal's slim title chances were ended in a 1–0 defeat to Man City in September, Losa highlighted Nobbs as the one bright point and said, "I think mainly Jordan Nobbs did very well for us in the game. I think she did a fantastic job. Obviously all the players want to do a fantastic job. There's not one player who wants to lose the ball or miss a pass. But I think Jordan is the one that is stepping up in terms of mentality, competitiveness and also football."
Nobbs played in a 10–0 win over Tottenham in the last 16 of the FA Cup but did not score despite hitting the woodwork in the second half. Due to the WSL switching from summer to winter a shorter season was played in the spring known as the Spring Series. Nobbs played every game as Arsenal made a slow start to the season with two draws against Sunderland and Liverpool. Nobbs scored in the 81st minute against Liverpool to make it 4–3 but a late equalizer denied Arsenal the win. In a tight match against Man City, Nobbs scored a 75th minute free kick from 30 yards to clinch victory. In the penultimate match of the season, Arsenal beat Reading 1–0 and after the match, Nobbs said, "I think overall it was a good performance. We should have scored more goals in the first half especially, and in the second half we were a bit more defensive. But, we also take that as a positive because it shows as a team we can change our game to suit the situation, and to make sure that we get all three points and secure the win. It wasn't because we were nervous, the manager gives us the instructions on how to play and how to defend, and that's the best way to deal with the scenario we are in. We followed that and we executed it well and managed to get the three points." In the final game, Nobbs scored the second goal as Arsenal thrashed Bristol City 5–0 but despite going through the campaign unbeaten, Arsenal fell short of the title by a single point. Nobbs finished as Arsenal's joint top scorer and joint third overall.
In November 2017, Arsenal were preparing for the arrival of new manager Joe Montemurro. After the 3–0 win over Sunderland, Nobbs said, "“The new manager is coming soon, and we are looking forward to it. We’re looking forward to what he can bring, so that hopefully he will bring that winning mentality from Australia, and I’m sure he will." On January 7th, Arsenal narrowly lost to Chelsea 3–2, after the match Nobbs said, "There are a lot of disappointed faces in the dressing room, but disappointed in a good way because we felt we deserved more from the game today. I think we put on a great performance but playing a top team like Chelsea, they have great counter-attacking ability and that’s where they’ve scored their goals today. Sari had a great game and made some great saves, both keepers were great today and that shows the type of football we want to play, getting lots of shots and goals. I’m sure it was a good one to watch but we are disappointed with the result. There’s more to come from this team, today was still a great performance and hopefully this is just a start to us getting back to being Arsenal and winning ways. We had the fight and the grit today to keep coming back and when you play the top teams like Chelsea that’s what you have to do. On April 24th Arsenal beat Liverpool 3–0 with Nobbs scoring two and bringing up her half century of goals for Arsenal.  The league season was once again ultimately disappointing as Arsenal missed out on Champions League football by a point to Man City. Nobbs started every game and scored four goals as Arsenal won the 2017–18 WSL Cup. Nobbs scored two goals in the 5–2 group win against Millwall, after the match Nobbs said, "We know that Millwall are a physical side, who put in some hard tackles, and we didn't give them many chances but when we did they scored from them. I think we need to tidy up at times, but we've also had two debutants on the pitch, who put in a good performance and that's great for us to show in this team. We've been working hard and we've got a lot of internationals as well and that fitness did kick in for us in the end, where we got a bit stronger. I definitely think we had a lot more joy in the second half with the ball, so that was a positive from us. I've working on my set-pieces a lot – I get to take them with England and here with Arsenal as well, so I've tried to up my game. Hopefully it showed today that I've been practicing a lot and I'm glad they went in." Arsenal's final group match was an impressive 6–0 win over Watford, on Nobbs, Arsenal defender Jemma Rose said, "Jordan Nobbs is our playmaker on the ball, she dictates play and the tempo of the play and her and Jodie (Taylor) today showed their professionalism and experience ahead of the international break." In the quarter final, Nobbs scored as Arsenal beat Sunderland 3–1, after the match Nobbs said, "I thought our first half performance was brilliant, we kept the ball we played good, football and we looked like Arsenal so it exciting for us. Second half we needed to better but hopefully that will come in time working with Joe (Montemurro) and getting ourselves back into good form. He (Montemurro) wants us to play good football, he wants us to enjoy the ball, play with freedom and he's putting the foundations in and we'll progress from there. Today's performance shows how much we've progressed and kept the ball, I think it was great from us and Joe is a fantastic asset and he wants to win as much as we do."
Nobbs was called into the England U-15 squad as a 12-year-old. Aged 13, she captained England U-15s against Wales U-15s and scored in a 2–0 victory. At the age of 14, Nobbs had progressed to captaining England's U-17 team.
Nobbs then captained England to fourth place at the 2008 Under-17 World Cup in New Zealand. In July 2009 Nobbs played a starring role as England won the 2009 European Under-19 Championship in Belarus, scoring in the final win over Sweden.
In 2010, Nobbs helped England reach the final of the 2010 European Under-19 Championship in Macedonia, where they lost their title to France. Later that summer, Nobbs played in all three of England's matches at the 2010 Under-20 World Cup in Germany.
In June 2011, Nobbs was in the senior England party which visited 10 Downing Street ahead of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. She received her first call up to the senior England squad for the final UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying match against Croatia at Banks's Stadium in Walsall on 19 September 2012.
Nobbs made her senior international debut at the 2013 Cyprus Cup, scoring England's first goal in their 4–2 win over Italy on 6 March 2013. She scored her next goal against Wales in October 2013's World Cup qualifier at The Den. Nobbs was made England vice-captain at the Cyprus Cup in 2015, and led the team to winning the trophy as captain Steph Houghton was out injured. Nobbs was named in the squad for the Women's World Cup in 2015 but only played one match due to injury.
Vice-captain Nobbs was ruled out of the Women's World Cup in 2019 after rupturing her ACL in February. Nobbs took on a role as a BBC pundit for the World Cup and as a columnist for 90 Minutes magazine.
- Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
|1.||6 March 2013||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||Italy||2013 Cyprus Cup|
|2.||26 October 2013||The Den, London, England||Wales||World Cup 2015 qualification|
|3.||31 October 2013||Adana 5 Ocak Stadium, Adana, Turkey||Turkey||World Cup 2015 qualification|
|4.||1 March 2017||Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, USA||France||2017 SheBelieves Cup|
|5.||10 June 2017||Tissot Arena, Biel, Switzerland||Switzerland||Friendly|
|6.||19 July 2017||Stadion Galgenwaard, Netherlands||Scotland||UEFA Women's Euro 2017|
|7.||19 September 2017||Prenton Park, England||Russia||2019 World Cup qualifying|
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