Sophie Baggaley

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Sophie Baggaley
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Baggaley in 2022
Personal information
Full name Sophie Baggaley
Date of birth (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 25)
Place of birth Newton, Derbyshire, England[1]
Height 167 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 32
Youth career
Derby County
2013–2014 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2018 Birmingham City 18 (0)
2017–2018Bristol City (loan) 17 (0)
2018–2021 Bristol City 55 (0)
2021– Manchester United 0 (0)
National team
2011 England U17 1 (0)
2014–2015 England U19 12 (0)
2016 England U20 2 (0)
2016–2018 England U21 6 (0)
2018–2019 England U23 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 2 February 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 17 January 2020

Sophie Baggaley (born 29 November 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Manchester United in the FA Women's Super League.

She has previously played for Birmingham City and Bristol City, and has been capped internationally by England at youth level. In 2019, Baggaley won FA WFA Players' Player of the Year and was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Newton, Derbyshire, Baggaley first became a goalkeeper by chance, volunteering for the position when the boys' team she was playing for found itself short of one for a game.[2] She came through the Derby County Centre of Excellence.[3]

Birmingham City[edit]

Baggaley moved to the Birmingham City academy in June 2013.[4] In 2014 she was promoted to the senior team as a backup to Rebecca Spencer, named as an unused substitute for all 14 WSL matches. She made her senior debut on 1 May 2014 in a 2–1 win over Yeovil Town in the League Cup group stage and made her only other appearance of the season in the same competition against second division Oxford United. During the 2015 season, Baggaley started four WSL games, conceding only one goal to Arsenal, and grew in her role as cup keeper, playing five League Cup games. Following the departure of Spencer to Chelsea in January 2016, Baggaley began the 2016 season as the undisputed starter. However, the arrival of Germany international Ann-Katrin Berger from Paris Saint-Germain in June 2016 meant Baggaley only played in 3 of the remaining 9 WSL fixtures that season.[5][6]

Bristol City[edit]

Having been appointed Birmingham manager in December 2016, Marc Skinner announced Berger as first choice keeper and encouraged Baggaley to go out on loan to play first-team football.[6] She joined Bristol City on a season-long loan in August 2017 ahead of the incumbent Caitlin Leach and Aimee Watson.[7] She started 17 of 18 WSL matches. At the end of the season, Baggaley won The FA Women's Football Awards Save of the Year for a save against Arsenal's Jordan Nobbs.[8][9]

She permanently joined Bristol City in the summer of 2018.[10] In September 2018, Baggaley was awarded both the FA WSL Player of the Month[11] and the inaugural FA WSL PFA Fans Player of the Month.[12] She won the award again in January 2019.[13] At the end of the 2018–19 season she won the FA WFA Players' Player of the Year award and was named in the PFA Team of the Year having kept six clean sheets, helping Bristol to 6th place, their best finish since 2013.[14][15]

The following two seasons, Baggaley led the league in saves with 70 and 95 respectively as Bristol City struggled to cope defensively against the league's top sides.[16] Most notably, Bristol were on the receiving end of a record 11–1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in December 2019.[17] The following season Bristol were beaten 9–0 by Chelsea and 8–1 by Manchester City.[18][19] During the 2020–21 season Bristol reached the final of the 2020–21 League Cup for the first time in their history, but were beaten 6–0 by Chelsea.[20] Baggaley left Bristol City in July 2021 after their relegation to the Championship.[21]

Manchester United[edit]

On 23 July 2021, Baggaley signed with Manchester United on a two-year contract with an additional option year.[22] Having started the season as a backup to Mary Earps in the league, Baggaley made her club debut on 14 October 2021 in a 2–2 away draw with Championship side Durham in the 2021–22 League Cup group stage opener. Manchester United took the bonus point with a 5–3 penalty shootout victory.[23]

International career[edit]

Baggaley has played for the England team at every age grouping up to under 23 level.[24] In October 2016, Baggaley was called up to the senior England national team for the first time for a friendly against Spain but was an unused substitute behind Karen Bardsley and Mary Earps.[25] Having not been named to the next three England squads, Baggaley was recalled in April 2017 for friendlies against Italy and Austria but was again unused behind veteran Siobhan Chamberlain.[26][27] Much discussion was made of the lack of chances Baggaley had for England with Phil Neville preferring the likes of older veterans Bardsley, Earps, Chamberlain and Telford despite some resigned to backup roles at club level. By 2019, younger goalkeepers Ellie Roebuck, Sandy MacIver and Hannah Hampton had all also claimed starting jobs at WSL clubs and entered the England rotation ahead of Baggaley.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Baggaley attended Tibshelf Community School from 2009 to 2013 and later Solihull Sixth Form College where she attained As and A*s in her A-Levels before enrolling at the University of Birmingham to study physiotherapy.[29] In 2019 she became an ambassador for the sports bra firm ShockAbsorber.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 2 February 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Birmingham City 2014 FA WSL 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2015 4 0 0 0 5 0 9 0
2016 10 0 1 0 1 0 12 0
2017 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 17 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 26 0
Bristol City (loan) 2017–18 FA WSL 17 0 0 0 1 0 18 0
Bristol City 2018–19 20 0 1 0 4 0 25 0
2019–20 14 0 2 0 4 0 20 0
2020–21 21 0 1 0 5 0 27 0
Total 72 0 4 0 14 0 0 0 90 0
Manchester United 2021–22 FA WSL 0 0 0 0 6 0 6 0
Career total 89 0 5 0 28 0 0 0 122 0
  1. ^ Includes the Women's FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes the FA Women's League Cup
  3. ^ Includes the UEFA Women's Champions League

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Birmingham City

Bristol City

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sophie Baggaley". Derbyshire Sport. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Sophie Baggaley: I became a goalkeeper by chance, now I dream about playing for England". TwentyTwo. 10 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Girls in Football Week with Sophie Baggaley". Destination Chesterfield.
  4. ^ "Rising star Baggaley signs new Blues Ladies deal". Solihull Observer.
  5. ^ "Birmingham Ladies sign PSG keeper Berger". BBC Sport.
  6. ^ a b Hadley, Craig (14 July 2018). "Birmingham City keeper Baggaley make Bristol City move permanent". Midland Women's Soccer.
  7. ^ "Bristol City Women sign Sophie Baggaley on loan". Bristol City.
  8. ^ "Celebration Time at 20th Annual FA Women's Football Awards". TheFA. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Vote for your FA WSL 1 Save of the YEAr". TheFA. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Seven players sign for Bristol City Women's FC". Bristol City FC. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Baggaley named FA WSL player of the month". Bristol City FC. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Sophie Baggaley voted WSL PFA Bristol Street Motors Fans' Player of the Month". The PFA. 15 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Sophie Baggaley named PFA Women's Player of the Month". Bristol City F.C. 11 February 2019.
  14. ^ O'Neill, Jen (18 May 2019). "FA Women's Awards #WFA2019". She Kicks. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  15. ^ @PFA (26 April 2019). "The PFA FA WSL Team of the Year!" (Tweet). Retrieved 7 September 2019 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ "Women's Super League Goalkeeper Stats". FBref.com.
  17. ^ "Arsenal score 11 in record WSL victory". BBC Sport.
  18. ^ "Chelsea 9-0 Bristol City". womenscompetitions.thefa.com.
  19. ^ "Man City Women 8-1 Bristol City: Ellen White double as hosts hit eight". Sky Sports.
  20. ^ "Bristol City 6-0 Chelsea". BBC. 14 March 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  21. ^ "Quartet set to depart". Bristol City.
  22. ^ "United Women sign Sophie Baggaley". Manchester United.
  23. ^ "Match Report: Durham 2 United Women 2". Manchester United.
  24. ^ "Sophie Baggaley signs new contract with Blues Ladies". Birmingham City Football Club. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  25. ^ "Spain Women v England Women". BBC Sport. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  26. ^ Association, The Football. "England Women 1-1 Italy". www.thefa.com.
  27. ^ Association, The Football. "England 3-0 Austria". www.thefa.com.
  28. ^ "Overlooked Lionesses: Sophie Baggaley". Since 71. 10 October 2019.
  29. ^ "Case study: Sophie Baggaley". solihullsfc.ac.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  30. ^ "Shock Absorbers launches new brand ambassador programme". fashionunited.uk. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2021.

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