Players: Sue Hayden

Irish goalkeeping great Sue Hayden

Sue Hayden 1987

Born: 8 July 1962

Position: Goalkeeper / Defender

Debut: v. England (1985)

Occupation: Computer operator (1987), Security printer (1994)

Susan Mary Hayden made her Republic of Ireland debut against England in Euro 1987 qualifying and remained in the squad until the 1999 World Cup campaign. An inspirational presence in the Irish goal, she went on to join Jennings, Bonner and Kelly in the pantheon of all-time greats. Quite simply, she ranks as one of Ireland’s best-ever goalkeepers.

 

Remarkably, many of Hayden’s early Ireland caps were won as a cultured full-back. That was because The Girls in Green had another brilliant young keeper in the shape of Sue Kelly from Cork Celtic.

On the club circuit, Hayden was a regular face in Ireland’s patchwork regionalised setup. She spent the summer months with Rathfarnham United in the Leinster League, then turned out for Greystones in the winter Wicklow League.

The impression is of a hopeless football junkie: “have boots, will travel” and willing to play anywhere to get a game!

1990 saw Hayden acclaimed as Opel Player of the Year, as Rathfarnham swept all before them. A quadruple of league, LFAI Cup, Presidents Cup and Westport 5-a-side gave the club its annus mirabilis.

In Ireland’s topsy-turvy Euro 1993 qualifying campaign Hayden, now settled in goal, ran the full gamut of ecstasy to agony.

She backstopped Ireland’s incredible smash n’ grab in Spain – repelling attack after attack from stars including Itziar, Jose Maria Bakero’s footballing sister.

Olivia O’Toole’s deft free kick past future Arsenal goalie Roser Serra gave Ireland their greatest ever win. But nine months later in Borås, Hayden was between the sticks for a 10–0 humbling by Sweden.

Ireland’s plucky grafters had no answer to the bison strength and tall, muscular athleticism of the Super Swedes – bronze medalists at the previous year’s World Cup in China.

It was a black day for Irish football and a grave disappointment to all involved. The Football Association of Ireland, previously disdainful of women and girls, hoiked the team out of the 1995 Euros to avert further embarrassment.

A restoration project, mostly paid for by the lucrative World Cup exploits of Jack Charlton’s men, was rolled out under new coach Mick Cooke.

Ireland’s number 9 in that fateful match, who narrowly beat Hayden to the 1993 Opel Player of the Year, was Sue Ronan of the Welsox club. Ronan would one-day (2010) take overall charge of a totally revamped women’s football setup in the Republic.

In August 1994 Ireland hosted a USA XI at Richmond Park in Dublin. They were billed as a ‘USA B’ team, but were apparently an amateur select picked by the USASA organisation, not the American FA (USSF).

It marked the first appearance in Ireland’s senior squad of a gangly prospect from Kildare, Emma Byrne, who had turned 15 earlier that summer and was already a fixture in the FAI’s new under-16 team.

By then Moreen Celtic’s player-coach, 32-year-old Hayden had 29 caps and was the national squad’s senior player. The wise owl took Byrne under her wing. In some ways this mirrored the sorcerer–apprentice relationship between their male counterparts of the time, Donegal duo Packie Bonner and Shay Given.

Byrne’s stellar career with English club Arsenal brought an avalanche of silverware and extended into the FA WSL era. This meant decent press coverage and a level of professionalism, or near-professionalism, that Hayden’s generation could only dream of.

But Byrne never forgot Hayden’s kindness and rarely misses a chance to heap praise and gratitude on her former mentor.

It is said “One repays a teacher badly if one remains only a pupil”.1 During the Euro 1997 qualifiers Byrne stepped up to be Ireland’s first choice, with Hayden looking on proudly from the bench.

That was not the end, though. Far from it! Honourable patriot Hayden had returned to plug away with Rathfarnham United and humbly answered Ireland’s call during the 1999 World Cup qualifying campaign.

In 2002 evergreen Hayden and her ex-Ireland team mate Siobhán Furlong were drafted into Shamrock Rovers’ UEFA Women’s Cup squad. It was the first time any Irish club had made a sortie into the premier continental women’s competition.

At the mini-tournament in Niš, Rovers beat Croatians Osijek but lost to Serbian hosts Masinac and German cracks Frankfurt.

FACTFILE: Outfield GoaliesWomen’s Football Archive recently profiled Claire Lacey, who played in goal for England but often outfield for her clubs.

Pauline Cope herself was a sometime centre-half with Millwall Lionesses, where her whole-hearted efforts earned the sobriquet “Chopper”!

Liz Deighan called Cope up to the WFA’s England under-21 team as a goalie, while she was still playing outfield for her club.

Sue Buckett played her first games for Southampton outfield, before pulling on the gloves and becoming England’s original number 1.

Versatile Donny Belles legend Karen “Skiller” Skillcorn wore shirt numbers 1 to 11 during her career with the South Yorkshire giants. She played twice for England.

It seems that the goalkeeper position has not always enjoyed the specialized consideration it does in the women’s game of today.

Even in more recent times, Kay Hawke—a brilliant custodian worth far more than her measly one England cap—had to move to second tier Lincoln because her top flight club had no proper goalkeeper coaching.

 

1. Swiss upstart Carl Jung famously wielded this quote from Nietzsche’s Zarathustra in an impertinent letter to Austrian elder Sigmund Freud.

Kelly Smith – Goals in International Matches

Kelly Smith – Goals in International Matches

Kelly Smith – Goals in International Matches


The outstanding English player, who obtained 120 international caps with her two National Teams, has entered the symbolic but exclusive circle of players with a Century of Caps. All matches are friendlies unless stated otherwise.


Born:  29-10-1978 in Watford
Country:  England    
Caps: 116 (W57-D25-L34- GF232-GA161 - %59.91) 
Goals: 46 (% 0.40 per match)    
Age First Cap: 17 yr  3 d  1-11-1995 vs. Italy 1-1
Age Last Cap:  35 yr  191 d   8-5-2014 vs. Ukraine 4-0    
National Team Career: 18 yr  188 d 

Cap  Goals        Date          Venue           Opponent       Score    Competition  
 1               1-11-95        Sunderland      Italy           1-1     European Champ. Qual.   
 2   1   1      19-11-95        London          Croatia         5-0     European Champ. Qual. 
 3       1      11- 2-96        Benevente       Portugal        5-0     European Champ. Qual.  
 4   1   2      16- 3-96        Cosenza         Italy           1-2     European Champ. Qual. 
 5   1   3      18- 4-96        Osijek          Croatia         2-0     European Champ. Qual. 
 6   1   4      19- 5-96        Brentford       Portugal        3-0     European Champ. Qual.  
 7       4       8- 9-96        Montilla        Spain           1-2     European Champ. Qual. 
 8       4      29- 9-96        Birkenhead      Spain           1-1     European Champ. Qual. 
 9       4      27- 2-97        Preston         Germany         4-6   
10       4       7- 3-97        Sheffield       Scotland        6-0  
11       4      23- 4-97        Turin           Italy           0-2  
12       4       9- 5-97        San Jose        United States   0-5  
13       4      11- 5-97        Portland        United States   0-6  
14       4       9- 6-97        Lillestrøm      Norway          0-4   
15       4       8- 3-98        London          Germany         0-1     World Cup Qualifier  
16       4      14- 5-98        Oldham          Norway          1-2     World Cup Qualifier 
17       4      23- 5-98        Waalwijk        Netherlands     1-2     World Cup Qualifier 
18       4      27- 7-98        Dagenham        Sweden          0-1       
19       4      15- 8-98        Lillestrøm      Norway          0-2     World Cup Qualifier 
20       4      20- 2-00        Barnsley        Portugal        2-0     European Champ. Qual. 
21       4       7- 3-00        Norwich         Norway          0-3     European Champ. Qual. 
22       4       4- 6-00        Moss            Norway          0-8     European Champ. Qual.  
23   1   5      30-10-00        Boryspil        Ukraine         2-1     European Champ. Qual. 
24       5      28-11-00        London          Ukraine         2-0     European Champ. Qual. 
25   1   6      22- 3-01        Luton           Spain           4-2   
26       6      24- 6-01        Jena            Russia          1-1     European Championship 
27       6      27- 6-01        Jena            Sweden          0-4     European Championship 
28       6      30- 6-01        Jena            Germany         0-3     European Championship 
29       6      27- 9-01        Kassel          Germany         1-3     World Cup Qualifier 
30       6       4-11-01        Grimsby         Netherlands     0-0     World Cup Qualifier 
31       6      25-01-02        La Manga        Sweden          0-5     
32   2   8      24- 2-02        Portsmouth      Portugal        3-0     World Cup Qualifier 
33   1   9      23- 3-02        Den Haag        Netherlands     4-1     World Cup Qualifier  
34       9       4- 9-03        Burnley         Australia       1-0      
35       9      11- 9-03        Darmstadt       Germany         0-4       
36       9      21-10-03        Moscow          Russia          2-2       
37       9      13-11-03        Preston         Scotland        5-0     
38   1  10      19- 2-04        Portsmouth      Denmark         2-0  
39      10      22- 4-04        Reading         Nigeria         0-3  
40      10      14- 5-04        Peterborough    Iceland         1-0  
41      10       6- 5-05        Barnsley        Norway          1-0  
42   1  11      26- 5-05        Walsall         Czech Republic  4-1     
43      11       5- 6-05        Manchester      Finland         3-2     European Championship  
44      11       8- 6-05        Blackburn       Denmark         1-2     European Championship 
45      11      11- 6-05        Blackburn       Sweden          0-1     European Championship  
46   1  12       1- 9-05        Amstetten       Austria         4-1     World Cup Qualifier 
47   3  15      27-10-05        Tapolca         Hungary        13-0     World Cup Qualifier 
48      15      17-11-05        Zwolle          Netherlands     1-0     World Cup Qualifier 
49      15       9- 2-06        Achna           Sweden          1-1      
50      15       9- 3-06        Norwich         Iceland         1-0       
51      15      26- 3-06        Blackburn       France          0-0     World Cup Qualifier      
52      15      20- 4-06        Gillingham      Austria         4-0     World Cup Qualifier  
53   3  18      31- 8-06        London          Netherlands     4-0     World Cup Qualifier  
54      18      30-09-06        Rennes          France          1-1     World Cup Qualifier  
55      18      25-10-06        Aalen           Germany         1-5  
56      18      26- 1-07        Guangdong       China           0-2      
57      18      28- 1-07        Guangdong       United States   1-1       
58      18      30- 1-07        Guangdong       Germany         0-0       
59   1  19       8- 3-07        Milton Keynes   Russia          6-0       
60      19      11- 3-07        Wycombe         Scotland        1-0      
61      19      14- 3-07        Swindon         Netherlands     0-1  
62   1  20      13- 5-07        Gillingham      N Ireland       4-0     European Champ. Qual.  
63   1  21      17- 5-07        Southend        Iceland         4-0  
64   2  23      11- 9-07        Shanghai        Japan           2-2     World Cup 
65      23      14- 9-07        Shanghai        Germany         0-0     World Cup  
66   2  25      17- 9-07        Chengdu         Argentina       6-1     World Cup  
67      25      20- 9-07        Tianjin         United States   0-3     World Cup   
68   1  26      27-10-07        Walsall         Belarus         4-0     European Champ. Qual. 
69      26      25-11-07        Shrewsbury      Spain           1-0     European Champ. Qual.  
70      26      12- 2-08        Achna           Sweden          0-2     
71   1  27      14- 2-08        Larnaca         Norway          2-1      
72      27       6- 3-08        Lurgan          N Ireland       2-0     European Champ. Qual.   
73      27       8- 5-08        Minsk           Belarus         6-1     European Champ. Qual.   
74      27      17- 7-08        Unterhaching    Germany         0-3  
75   2  29      28- 9-08        Prague          Czech Republic  5-1     European Champ. Qual. 
76   1  30       7-10-08        Zamora          Spain           2-2     European Champ. Qual. 
77   1  31       9- 2-09        Larnaca         Finland         2-2  
78   1  32      11- 2-09        Larnaca         Finland         4-1  
79   1  33       5- 3-09        Larnaca         South Africa    6-0  
80      33       7- 3-09        Larnaca         France          2-2  
81   1  34      12- 3-09        Nicosia         Canada          3-1       
82      34      23- 4-09        Shrewsbury      Norway          3-0     
83      34      25- 8-09        Lahti           Italy           1-2     European Championship 
84   1  35      28- 8-09        Helsinki        Russia          3-2     European Championship 
85      35      31- 8-09        Turku           Sweden          1-1     European Championship 
86      35       3- 9-09        Turku           Finland         3-2     European Championship 
87   1  36       6- 9-09        Tampere         Netherlands     2-1 aet European Championship 
88   1  37      10- 9-09        Helsinki        Germany         2-6     European Championship 
89      37       1- 3-10        Nicosia         Switzerland     2-2     
90      37       3- 3-10        Nicosia         Italy           3-2  
91      37       1- 4-10        London          Spain           1-0     World Cup Qualifier 
92   1  38      20- 5-10        Ta' Qali        Malta           6-0     World Cup Qualifier 
93      38      19- 6-10        Aranda de Duero Spain           2-2     World Cup Qualifier 
94   2  40      21- 8-10        Krems           Austria         4-0     World Cup Qualifier 
95   1  41      12- 9-10        Shrewsbury      Switzerland     2-0     World Cup Qualifier 
96   1  42      16- 9-10        Wohlen          Switzerland     3-2     World Cup Qualifier 
97      42      19-10-10        Suwon           South Korea     0-0     
98      42      21-10-10        Suwon           New Zealand     0-0 
99   1  43       2- 3-11        Larnaca         Italy           2-0  
100     43       7- 3-11        Nicosia         Canada          0-2 
101     43       9- 3-11        Larnaca         South Korea     2-0  
102     43       2- 4-11        London          United States   2-1 
103     43      17- 5-11        Oxford          Sweden          2-0 
104     43      27- 6-11        Wolfsburg       Mexico          1-1     World Cup 
105     43       1- 7-11        Dresden         New Zealand     2-1     World Cup  
106     43       5- 7-11        Augsburg        Japan           2-0     World Cup 
107     43       9- 7-11        Leverkusen      France          1-1 [a] World Cup 
108     43      23-11-11        Doncaster       Serbia          2-0     European Champ. Qual. 
109  2  45      28- 2-12        Larnaca         Finland         3-1     
110     45       4- 3-12        Larnaca         France          0-3  
111     45       6- 3-13        Lanarca         Italy           4-2   
112  1  46       8- 3-13        Lanarca         Scotland        4-4 
113     46      15- 7-13        Linkoping       Russia          1-1     European Championship 
114     46      18- 7-13        Linkoping       France          0-3     European Championship 
115     46      12- 3-14        Nicosia         France          0-2 
116     46       8- 5-14        Shrewsbury      Ukraine         4-0     World Cup Qualifier 

     
Note:  
[a] England lost 3-4 on penalties 
 
Total Record  
 
Matches Won   Draw     Lost     For-Against  Points  Percentage  
          
116      57     25       34      232-161      139        59.91  
   
46 Goals in 116 Matches (% 0.40 per match)  
 
Types of             Matches and Goals  
 
Friendlies             51        13  
World Cup               8         4
World Cup Qualifier    22        15  
European Championship  14         3  
European Champ. Qual.  21        11  
 
Total goals:          116        46 



Born:  29-10-1978 in Watford
Country:  Great Britain    
Caps: 4 (W3-D1-L0- GF5-GA0 - %87.50) 
Goals: 0 (% 0.00 per match)    
Age First Cap: 33 yr  264 d  20-7-2012 vs. Sweden 0-0
Age Last Cap:  33 yr  275 d  31-7-2012 vs. Brazil 1-0    
National Team Career: 0 yr  11 d 

Cap  Goals        Date          Venue           Opponent       Score    Competition  
 1              20- 7-12        Middlesbrough   Sweden          0-0        
 2              25- 7-12        Cardiff         New Zealand     1-0     Olympic Games 
 3              28- 7-12        Cardiff         Cameroon        3-0     Olympic Games  
 4              31- 7-12        London          Brazil          1-0     Olympic Games 
 
Total Record  
 
Matches Won   Draw     Lost     For-Against  Points  Percentage  
          
4         3      1        0      5-0         7           87.50  
   
0 Goals in 4 Matches (% 0.00 per match)  
 
Types of             Matches and Goals  
 
Friendlies              1         0  
Olympic Games           3         0
 
Total goals:            4         0 


Players: Claire Lacey

Claire Lacey

Picture courtesy of West Ham United LFC

Picture courtesy of West Ham United LFC

Born: 12 June 1975, London
Position: Goalkeeper
Debut: Portugal (A) 11 February 1996
Occupation: Housing officer (1996)

In a departure for Women’s Football Archive, we give yesteryear a swerve and profile a current player still doing the business at a high level: Claire Lacey of C&K Basildon Ladies.

Lacey joined newly reformed West Ham United Ladies in 1992–93 as a total beginner. Roger Morgan, the ex-QPR and Tottenham winger, had relaunched the team as part of his club community officer remit.

An earlier iteration of West Ham Ladies FC had been around in the 1970s but had subsequently died out.

John Greenacre had been involved with the original club and was brought back for the relaunch. John was hugely respected in women’s football circles and much missed after his untimely death from cancer in 2008.

The first team entered Division Three of the Greater London League, while a reserve team entered Division Four. Under the astute stewardship of Greenacre and West Ham academy coach Trevor Lewin, the Ladies were promoted twice and took their place in Division One for 1995–96.

After the 1995 World Cup, England boss Ted Copeland was casting around for goalkeeping backup to Pauline Cope. He had alienated Tracey Davidson and Lesley Shipp, who both retired from international football.

Young Doncaster Belle Debbie Biggins was also called-up and warmed the bench a few times, without getting a cap. Rachel Brown was already on the radar too, but being held back on grounds of age. She debuted against Germany in February 1997 immediately after turning 16.

Lacey’s day in the sun came on 11 February 1996. Aged 20, she was an 81st-minute substitute for Cope in England’s routine 5–0 win over Portugal at Campo das Portas do Sol in Benevente.

The Euro 1997 qualifying match was also notable for the goalscoring debut of Wigan Ladies’ 16-year-old Marie-Anne Catterall.

Disaster struck in 1996–97 when Lacey injured her back and had to start playing outfield for her club. In 2007 she reluctantly left the Hammers after a stormy AGM saw manager Kay Cossington’s departure.

She moved on to Millwall Lionesses and, back between the sticks, was part of their 2009 promotion-winning team. That capped Lacey’s remarkable rise from the lower echelons of regional football, to the very top of the English pyramid.

As Millwall club captain, Lacey was crocked during 2009–10 and out of football until joining C&K Basildon in Jan 2011.

She remains the Essex outfit’s inspirational skipper, capable of doing a job at centre-half or utilising her height and strength further up the pitch.

Verdict:


Claire Lacey was not an England great. Not everyone can be: life’s not like that.

With Pauline Cope blocking her path, more than one cap was always going to be an uphill struggle for Lacey. At the time Ted Copeland – with some justification – hailed Cope the world’s best.

Loyal Hammer Lacey plied her trade in the Greater London Leagues, when most of her England rivals were dining at the top Premier League table.

She is one of a select band of players to know the pride of pulling on the three lions at senior level. No-one will ever take that away from Lacey.

The bottom line is this: anyone good enough to play competitive football for their country is inherently worthy of lasting recognition and respect.