Marieanne Spacey

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Marieanne Spacey
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Marieanne Spacey in 2017
Personal information
Full name Marieanne Spacey
Date of birth (1966-02-13) 13 February 1966 (age 52)
Place of birth Sutton, London, England
Playing position Second striker
Attacking midfielder
Youth career
British Oxygen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Friends of Fulham
1989 HJK Helsinki
1989–1993 Friends of Fulham
1993–2002 Arsenal Ladies
2002–2005 Fulham Ladies
National team
1984–2001 England 91 (28)
Teams managed
2003–2006 Fulham Ladies
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marieanne Spacey MBE (born 13 February 1966)[1] is an English former international women's footballer. Having played 91 times for England, Spacey is considered one of the greatest English footballers of all time.[2]

Club career[edit]

Spacey was prevented from participating in boys' football at school but joined British Oxygen's women's team at the age of 13 in 1979.[3] She played for Friends of Fulham under the tutelage of Fred Brockwell and was reported to have signed for Italian club Roi Lazio as a 19-year–old in 1985.[4] Spacey also played for HJK Helsinki in Finland.[2] The Finnish move came about through Spacey's England teammate Louise Waller, who had played for HJK the previous summer. After playing in Friends of Fulham's 3–2 WFA Cup final defeat to Leasowe Pacific at Old Trafford in April 1989, Spacey flew out to Helsinki with Waller and remained until September.[5] Spacey then returned to England and scored 12 goals in the first five games of the 1991–92 season for her old club, who became known as Wimbledon Ladies in 1991.

Spacey then spent eight seasons with Arsenal from 1993, before moving to Fulham on a professional contract in the 2002 close season. She had missed the second part of 1995–96 due to pregnancy.[6] In her final season with Arsenal she was the leading goalscorer and FA Players' Player of the Year, also winning a Sport Relief special achievement award.[7] Throughout her Arsenal career Spacey had enjoyed great success as a deep–lying forward player, helping The Gunners win numerous trophies.[2][8]

Vic Akers said of Spacey's career in 2009:[8]

In 2002–03 Spacey won a domestic treble with Fulham.[1] She became manager of the team when they reverted to semi–pro status in 2003,[1] but left in 2006 after Fulham scrapped their women's team altogether.[9] Later that year she became a senior coach for AFC Wimbledon Ladies.[10] Spacey later coached the England Under–16, Under–17 and Under–19 teams as well as working in the coaching departments of Arsenal and Charlton Athletic.[2]

In November 2006 she was appointed girls and women's football development officer for the Worcestershire FA.[11]

In December 2013 Spacey was appointed assistant to England women's manager Mark Sampson. As part of the role she took responsibility for the England women's national under-23 football team and the development of female coaches in England.[12]

International career[edit]

Spacey made her debut for England against Belgium on 20 August 1984.[1] She played in all four of England's games at their first FIFA Women's World Cup appearance in 1995.[13] Having finished playing for England with a respectable 76 appearances, Spacey was later recalled by Hope Powell to add experience in midfield.[8] Spacey was surprised by the development: "I honestly thought that wouldn't happen again. When I got the letter my legs went weak. I've played 76 times for England and now I feel like the new girl!"[14] She went on to play a total of 91 times for her country, scoring 28 goals before retiring after UEFA Women's Euro 2001, aged 36.[7]

Among Spacey's achievements with England were two Mundialito tournament wins in 1985 and 1988. She scored twice in the 1985 final against hosts Italy as England won 3–2 in Caorle. In May 1990 Spacey scored at Wembley Stadium in an exhibition match played against Scotland. The following April she scored a hat-trick against the same opposition in a 5–0 friendly win at Adams Park in Wycombe. When The Football Association (FA) took over running the national team in 1993, Spacey plundered four goals in the first game that September, a 10–0 win over Slovenia in Ljubljana.


Spacey was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2009.[15]

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to football.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d "Spacey says: "Give footy a go!"". BBC Sport Academy. 10 July 2002. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Marieanne Spacey". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Lopez 1997, p. 107
  4. ^ Simon Barnes (21 November 1985). "Women footballers are lured by the lire / English women to become professional soccer players in Italy". The Times. 
  5. ^ White 2001, p. 38
  6. ^ "Quotes of the week". The Independent. 2 December 1995. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Fulham squad profiles:Marieanne Spacey". BBC Sport. 25 April 2003. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c Robert Galvin. "Marieanne Spacey". National Football Museum. Retrieved 2 February 2011. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Fulham pull plug on women's team". BBC Sport. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Dons Trust Quarterley Report 03/06" (PDF). AFC Wimbledon. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2000.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ "Women's Football: Spacey set to inspire soccer stars". Kidderminster Shuttle. 6 November 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2009. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Brent Hills and Marieanne Spacey take up new roles". BBC Sport. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "England:Marie Anne Spacey". FIFA. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  14. ^ "Marieanne Spacey". On the Ball. Archived from the original on 9 March 2001. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Latest News – Hall of Fame 2009". National Football Museum. Archived from the original on 13 July 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  16. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B24. 


  • Lopez, Sue (1997). Women on the Ball: A Guide to Women's Football. London, England: Scarlet Press. ISBN 1857270169. 
  • White, Nick (2001). Sun, Sea and Sexy Football: The Life and Times of British Footballers Abroad. London, England: Invextus. ISBN 0954161009. 

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