Rachel Anderson (football agent)

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Rachel Anderson
MBE
Born1953 (age 69–70)[1]
NationalityEnglish
OccupationFootball agent

Rachel Paula Anderson MBE (born September 1953) is a British football agent. She was the UK's first female FIFA-licensed agent.[2]

Career[edit]

Anderson's first occupational interest was journalism. As an agent, she has represented Don Hutchison, Julian Dicks, Michael Hughes, Joe Royle and more than 50 football players over her career. She has also represented companies such as Universal and Paramount, and worked on brands such as Superman and Bugs Bunny.[3]

In 1993, Anderson negotiated the sale of Julian Dicks from the West Ham to Liverpool for £3 million.[4]

In 1998, she was refused admission to the PFA's annual Awards evening, which at the time was men-only. She subsequently sued the PFA and was awarded £7,500 damages, plus costs.[5]

Outside football[edit]

Personal honours[edit]

Anderson was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to Gender Equality in Football.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rachel Paula ANDERSON". Companies House. Retrieved 29 December 2022.
  2. ^ "The Lady Who Took on the PFA and Won". www.e-careers.com. Retrieved 2022-12-29.
  3. ^ Neil, Beth (2005-12-09). "AGENT RACHEL ANDERSON TELLS HOW SHE TOOK ON FOOTBALL'S BIG BOYS". Mirror. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  4. ^ Bailey, Mark (2013-08-09). "The truth about football agents". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  5. ^ "Gordon Taylor: PFA chief executive to stand down at end of season". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Shearer & Cook head sport honours list". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2022-12-29.