Natasha Dowie

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Natasha Dowie
Natasha Dowie England Ladies v Montenegro 5 4 2014 923.jpg
Dowie playing for England in 2014
Personal information
Full name Natasha Khalila Dowie[1]
Date of birth (1988-06-30) 30 June 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates[2]
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Victory
Number 9
Youth career
Watford Ladies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Watford Ladies
2004–2006 Fulham Ladies 14 (1)
2006–2007 Charlton Athletic Ladies 17 (12)
2007–2012 Everton Ladies
2010Barnet (loan)
2012–2015 Liverpool Ladies 42 (18)
2015–2016Melbourne Victory (loan) 7 (3)
2016 Doncaster Rovers Belles 3 (1)
2016–2017 Boston Breakers 30 (10)
2016–2017Melbourne Victory (loan) 12 (9)
2017–2018Melbourne Victory (loan) 12 (6)
2018 Linköpings FC 11 (10)
2018– Melbourne Victory 24 (16)
2019Vålerenga (loan) 18 (11)
National team
2008 England U-19 4 (1)
2010–2011 England U-23 5 (2)
2009– England 14 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:40, 23 February 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:55, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

Natasha Khalila Dowie (born 30 June 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Vålerenga and for Melbourne Victory in the Australian W-League, where she is currently the captain. She represented the England women's national football team at the youth level before making her senior international debut in 2009. Dowie played for the London teams Watford, Fulham and Charlton Athletic, and then spent five years with Everton before transferring to FA WSL clubs Liverpool Ladies in November 2012 and Doncaster Rovers Belles in 2016. She also spent three periods on loan with Melbourne Victory of the Australian W-League in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and played for Boston Breakers in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in 2016 and 2017.

Club career[edit]

Dowie attended Roundwood Park School and began her career with Watford Ladies. After starting the 2004–05 season with five goals in five matches for Watford, she was signed by Fulham Ladies. Dowie joined Charlton Athletic Ladies in the 2006 close season[4] and played in the FA Women's Cup final that year, with Charlton losing 4–1 to Arsenal.[5] When Charlton Athletic scrapped their women's team in the 2007 close season,[6] Dowie joined Everton Ladies[2] in preference to several other interested clubs including Arsenal. She stated her intention to "knock Arsenal off their pedestal in women's football".[7]

While commuting from London to Liverpool,[8] Dowie was a member of Everton's League Cup winning side in her first season with the club.[9] On 3 May 2010 she scored two goals, including the 119th minute extra-time winner, to give Everton a 3–2 victory over Arsenal in the 2010 FA Women's Cup Final.

Dowie (right) with the 2013 FA WSL trophy

With Everton dormant ahead of the 2011 FA WSL season, Dowie played for Barnet in the 2010–11 FA Women's Premier League National Division.[10] She continued to play for Everton in European competition and netted in The Blues' UEFA Women's Champions League quarter–final defeat to FCR 2001 Duisburg.[11] Dowie then scored two goals for Everton in their first FA WSL match, including a stoppage-time equaliser, to rescue a 3–3 draw at local rivals Liverpool.[12]

In November 2012 Dowie and Fara Williams left Everton for ambitious local rivals Liverpool, who were building a squad to challenge Arsenal's dominance of English women's football.[13]

Dowie finished the top scorer in the 2013 FA WSL with 13 goals in 14 games for champions Liverpool. She was voted the FA Players' Player of the Year and selected in the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Team of the Year.[14]

Liverpool retained their title in 2014, but were much less successful in 2015. They finished seventh of eight teams amidst an injury crisis[15] and coach Matt Beard departed for American National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) club Boston Breakers. Dowie agreed a two-month loan to Australian W-League club Melbourne Victory in November 2015.[16] Upon her return she transferred to newly promoted Doncaster Rovers Belles.[17]

Doncaster lost their four opening games and were marooned at the foot of the WSL 1 table, when Dowie left the club by "mutual consent" in the mid-season break.[18]

On 17 July 2016, Boston Breakers announced her signing.[19] Dowie finished the 2017 season as the top goal-scorer for the Breakers with 7 goals.[20] She also wore the captain's arm band for the Breakers in matches on 23 and 30 September 2017 when Julie King was out with an injury.

When Boston Breakers folded in January 2018, Dowie was not selected in the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft which was hastily arranged to assign displaced Breakers players to other NWSL clubs.[21] Instead she agreed to join Swedish Damallsvenskan champions Linköpings FC, on an initial six-month contract.[22] On 26 June, it was confirmed that Dowie would be leaving Linköpings after her 6-month contract expired, as they were unable to agree on a long term contract.[23] Dowie rejoined Melbourne Victory for a fourth time in September 2018, signing a two-year permanent deal.[24] She was loaned to Vålerenga of the Toppserien in March 2019.[25]

International career[edit]

Dowie was called into an England training camp while still a year ten pupil at Roundwood Park School.[26] She has since represented England at Under-17, 19, 20 and 23 levels, playing in the FIFA Under-20's World Cup Finals in Chile in November 2008.[27] She was included in coach Hope Powell's squad for the pre-Euro 2009 friendlies against Iceland and Denmark,[28] but did not play and was left out of the final Euro 2009 squad.

She finally made her debut in a World Cup qualifier against Turkey in İzmir on 26 November 2009. Dowie was an 84th-minute substitute for Everton Ladies teammate Jody Handley.[29] Six months later she won another cap as a substitute in a 6–0 win over Malta. Dowie remained on the fringes of the squad and her next appearance was not until September 2011. She was substituted at half time in a 2–2 draw with lowly Serbia.[30]

Dowie was not selected for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, for the Great Britain squad at the 2012 London Olympics, or for UEFA Women's Euro 2013. Her exclusion from the latter tournament was controversial as she was the WSL's leading goalscorer at the time.[31]

When Hope Powell was sacked after England's Euro 2013 failure, interim coach Brent Hills immediately recalled Dowie. She came on as a substitute in England's first 2015 FIFA World Cup qualifier and scored her first national team goal in a 6–0 win over Belarus at Dean Court in Bournemouth.[32][33] Dowie's continuing good form at club level meant it was something of a surprise when she was left out of England's 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup squad. Almost two years after her last cap in September 2014, she remained keen to play for England and hoped to win a recall from Hope Powell's successor Mark Sampson.[34]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 21 September 2013 Dean Court, Bournemouth  Belarus 6–0 2015 FIFA World Cup Qual. 1
2 26 September 2013 Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  Turkey 8–0 2015 FIFA World Cup Qual. 1
3 5 April 2014 Amex Stadium, Brighton, England  Montenegro 9–0 2015 FIFA World Cup Qual. 1
5 8 May 2014 Greenhous Meadow, Shrewsbury, England  Ukraine 4–0 2015 FIFA World Cup Qual. 2

Coaching career[edit]

Dowie has a Uefa B FA Football coaching qualification and has worked as a coach with Watford, the Middlesex Centre of Excellence[35] and Stevenage Borough.[7]
Dowie is soon to begin coaching with ESAF – Elite Schools Academy of Football.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Dowie is the daughter of Bob Dowie[7] and the niece of former Northern Ireland international footballer, Iain Dowie.[37] She was a player with Charlton Ladies whilst her uncle managed the men's side.[38] Natasha's 2010 FA Women's Cup final goals against Arsenal Ladies came two hours after Hull City, managed by uncle Iain, were relegated from the Premier League.[39] On 26 May 2016, she married former teammate Becky Easton.[40]




Melbourne Victory


  • FA Women's Cup Final Player of the Match: 2010[41]
  • Everton Player of the Year: 2011[44]
  • FA Women's Players' Player of the Year: 2013
  • FA WSL 1 Top Scorer: 2013
  • WSL 1 PFA Team of the Year: 2013–14[45]
  • Liverpool Supporters' Player of the Year: 2015[46]
  • Liverpool Goal of the Season: 2015 (v. Sunderland)[46]
  • W-League Player of the Month: November 2016[47]
  • W-League Golden Boot: 2018–19[48]


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