Siobhan Chamberlain

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Siobhan Chamberlain
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Personal information
Full name Siobhan Rebecca Chamberlain[1]
Date of birth (1983-08-15) 15 August 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth London, England
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Chelsea Ladies
2003–2004 Fulham Ladies
2004–2005 Birmingham City Ladies
2005–2007 Bristol Academy
2007–2010 Chelsea Ladies
2010 Vancouver Whitecaps
2010–2013 Bristol Academy 42 (0)
2014–2015 Arsenal Ladies 2 (0)
2015Notts County Ladies (loan) 2 (0)
2015–2018 Liverpool Ladies 39 (0)
2018– Manchester United Women 2 (0)
National team
2004– England 50 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 March 2018

Siobhan Rebecca Chamberlain (born 15 August 1983) is an English football goalkeeper who plays for Manchester United which she joined after playing for Liverpool Ladies. Immediately before joining Liverpool in December 2015 she had been at Notts County Ladies on loan from Arsenal Ladies. Chamberlain previously played at the top club level for Chelsea, Fulham, Birmingham City and Bristol Academy, as well as for North American W-League club Vancouver Whitecaps. She has represented the England women's national football team on 50 occasions since her debut in 2004. This included being part of the squad at three FIFA Women's World Cups and three UEFA Women's Championships.

Club career[edit]

A childhood gymnast, Chamberlain took up goalkeeping at the age of 14 and was spotted by Chelsea Ladies.[3] In 2003, she left Chelsea for Fulham, who had lost their professional status and Norwegian international goalkeeper Astrid Johannessen. Chamberlain played for Fulham in the UEFA Women's Cup, but moved on to Birmingham City at the end of the season.

At Birmingham City Chamberlain provided competition for Jo Fletcher during the 2004–05 season.[4] Chamberlain then played for Bristol Academy for two seasons,[5] leaving to rejoin Chelsea Ladies in the 2007 close season.[6] On 26 May 2010, she left Chelsea and signed for Canadian W-League Vancouver Whitecaps.[7]

In October 2010, Chamberlain returned to Bristol Academy ahead of their inaugural FA Women's Super League campaign.[8] She helped Bristol reach the FA Women's Cup final, played in the UEFA Women's Champions League and was named in the WSL team of the season.[9] In April 2012 she was appointed as one of eight digital media ambassadors, one from each team, who wear their Twitter account name on their shirt sleeves to raise the profile of the WSL.[10]

In December 2013 Chamberlain quit Bristol Academy to sign a two-year contract with Arsenal, where she would rival the incumbent goalkeeper Emma Byrne for a starting position. Chamberlain had played every minute of every game in her three seasons back at Bristol, but craved a new challenge: "My ambition is to be England's number one so the added competition at Arsenal is what I need at this point in my career."[11]

On 9 July 2015, Chamberlain moved to Notts County Ladies on loan until the end of the season following injury to England team mate Carly Telford.[12] She was ineligible for the 2015 FA Women's Cup Final and The Football Association refused Notts County's request for dispensation to sign another goalkeeper,[13] so Telford played in the team's 1–0 defeat despite a shoulder injury.

Chamberlain failed to dislodge Emma Byrne from Arsenal's starting line-up and was mainly used in Cup matches. She was pushed further down the pecking order by the signing of Sari van Veenendaal. In December 2015 Liverpool announced their signing of Chamberlain on a one-year contract.[14] When Liverpool decided not to renew 34-year-old Chamberlain's contract in May 2018 she criticised the club for a lack of ambition.[15]

On 13 July 2018 it was announced that Chamberlain would join Manchester United W.F.C. playing in the FA Women's Championship.[16] During a pre-season friendly against her former club Liverpool on 17 July 2018, Chamberlain suffered a suspected serious neck injury and was rushed to hospital however checks revealed that the injury was not as serious as first thought.[17]

International career[edit]

Chamberlain progressed through the youth ranks with England before making her senior debut against the Netherlands in September 2004.[18] She won her second cap in a record 13–0 win against Hungary and her third against Sweden in Cyprus.[18]

Chamberlain was named in England's squad for the 2007 World Cup.[19] In May 2009, Chamberlain was one of the first 17 female players to be given central contracts by The Football Association.[20] She went to UEFA Women's Euro 2009 as an understudy to first-choice Rachel Brown.[21]

When Brown was controversially sent-off in a World Cup qualifying play-off in Switzerland, Chamberlain came on as her replacement.[22] By the 2011 World Cup American-born Karen Bardsley had taken over the England team's first choice goalkeeping position,[23] with Brown and Chamberlain as back-ups. Bardsley also retained the number one role at UEFA Women's Euro 2013.

In May 2015 national coach Mark Sampson named Chamberlain in his final squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, to be hosted in Canada.[24] On 27 June 2015, she replaced fellow goalkeeper Bardsley in the 52nd minute of England's 2–1 quarter-final win over hosts Canada, as her country reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history. Bardsley had suffered a swollen eye after an allergic reaction to the rubber crumb on the controversial artificial turf pitch, but was restored to the team for England's semi-final defeat by Japan.

At UEFA Women's Euro 2017, Chamberlain was again named as Bardsley's understudy. She played 90 minutes in a dead rubber group win over Portugal and again entered play as a quarter-final substitute following another injury to Bardsley.[25] She was selected for the semi-final against hosts the Netherlands but conceded three unanswered goals as England exited the competition.[26] At the 2018 SheBelieves Cup Chamberlain won her 50th England cap.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Chamberlain joined the National Player Development Centre at Loughborough University when she was 18, training every day while earning a degree in sports science and a master's degree in sports nutrition. She was later employed as a lecturer / coach by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Bristol.[18]

In 2015 Chamberlain married Leigh Moore, a former media assistant at the FA. Moore was left in charge of planning the wedding while Chamberlain was away at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[28]


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  2. ^ "List of Players – England" (PDF). FIFA. 8 June 2015. p. 12. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Arsenal and England's Chamberlain". FA WSL. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "England star Amanda joins the Blues". Women's Soccer Scene. 27 June 2004. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "SIOBHAN CHAMBERLAIN | Ladies Profiles". Chelsea F.C. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Premier League movements". Fair Game. Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  8. ^ Academy continue to build squad ahead of new league Archived 21 April 2013 at Bristol Evening Post
  9. ^ "Heading into the FAWSL Season with Siobhan Chamberlain". 8 April 2012. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Women's Super League launches Twitter kit initiative to raise profile". BBC Sport. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Siobhan Chamberlain: Arsenal sign Bristol Academy keeper". BBC Sport. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Notts Capture England Keeper on Loan". Notts County Ladies F.C. 9 July 2015. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Women's FA Cup: Notts County goalkeeper request blocked". BBC Sport. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  14. ^ "Siobhan Chamberlain: Liverpool Ladies sign England goalkeeper". BBC Sport. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "Siobhan Chamberlain: 'Frustrated' goalkeeper to leave Liverpool Ladies". BBC Sport. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2018. 
  16. ^ "Man United Women's 2018/19 squad". Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  17. ^ "Injury Update on Siobhan Chamberlain". Manchester United FC. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018. 
  18. ^ a b c "Champion Profile – Siobhan Chamberlain". Sporting Champions. Archived from the original on 25 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Powell reveals women's Cup squad". BBC Online. 9 August 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2007. 
  20. ^ "England Women awarded contracts". BBC Sport. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  21. ^ "Siobhan Chamberlain". UEFA. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2015. [permanent dead link]
  22. ^ "Swiss Women 2–3 England Women". British Broadcasting Corporation. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  23. ^ John Ashdown (27 June 2011). "Are preconceptions about women goalkeepers out of date?". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  24. ^ Lavery, Glenn (11 May 2015). "England squad named for FIFA Women's World Cup". The Football Association. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  25. ^ Leighton, Tony (1 August 2017). "Women's Euro 17: Siobhan Chamberlain set to step in for England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley". The Daily Express. Retrieved 24 June 2018. 
  26. ^ Moore, Glen (3 August 2017). "England suffer semi-final heartbreak at Euro 2017 after losing to hosts Netherlands". The Independent. Retrieved 24 June 2018. 
  27. ^ O'Neill, Jen (3 March 2018). "#SHEBELIEVES CUP: Siobhan Chamberlain set to make her 50th cap". She Kicks. Retrieved 24 June 2018. 
  28. ^ Bryant, Miranda (26 June 2015). "World Cup keeper Siobhan Chamberlain's fiancée in mad dash to Canada to watch England's quarter-final against hosts". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 

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