Alex Scott (footballer, born 1984)

Alexandra Virina Scott MBE (born 14 October 1984) is an English television presenter, pundit, and former professional footballer who mostly played as a right-back for Arsenal in the FA WSL. She made 140 appearances for the England national team and represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.

Alex Scott
MBE
Scott in 2019
Personal information
Full name Alexandra Virina Scott[1]
Date of birth (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984[1]
Place of birth London, England
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Position(s) Right-back
Youth career
1992–1999 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Arsenal
2004–2005 Birmingham City 15 (2)
2005–2009 Arsenal 72 (6)
2009–2011 Boston Breakers 55 (1)
2012–2018 Arsenal 76 (6)
Total 218 (15)
National team
2004–2017 England 140 (12)
2012 Great Britain 5 (0)
Honours
Representing  England
Women's football
FIFA Women's World Cup
2015 Canada
UEFA Women's Championship
Runner-up2009 Finland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:00, 12 May 2018 (UTC)[2][3]

At club level, Scott has had three separate spells with Arsenal, punctuated with a season at Birmingham City in 2004–05 and three years in the American Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) with Boston Breakers. She scored the winning goal for Arsenal in the 2007 UEFA Women's Cup Final.

In 2019, Scott was inducted to the English Football Hall of Fame.[4] As of 2019, Scott is a pundit for BBC Sport and Sky Sports and was featured during the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[5][6] She also covers the English Premier League.[7]

Club career

Scott playing for Arsenal in 2006, with Emma Byrne looking on

Start in England

Scott signed on with Arsenal in 1992, at the age of eight.[8] After breaking into the first team as a striker or right winger,[9] she was later converted to full-back. Scott remained with Arsenal until the 2004–05 season, after which she moved to Birmingham City. With the addition of Scott, the club finished fourth in the FA Women's Premier League National Division. However, due to Birmingham's financial difficulties, she returned to Arsenal for the 2005–06 season.

Upon rejoining Arsenal, Scott helped the club to a domestic double of the FA Women's Premier League and FA Women's Cup. She was also a key figure in Arsenal's historic "Quadruple" season in which they won all of their trophy competitions, including the 2006–07 UEFA Women's Cup. Arsenal were the first ever British side to win the competition, with Scott scoring the only goal in the two-legged tie with Umeå IK. She appeared in 22 Premier League games, scoring two goals. In all competitions, she made 40 appearances and scored four goals.

The 2007–08 season saw Scott appear in 21 games, scoring once. In all competitions, she made 35 appearances, scoring three goals. In the 2008–09 season, Scott scored once in 13 games. In all competitions, she made 24 appearances, adding two goals.

Move to the United States

Scott playing for the Boston Breakers in the WPS in 2010

Upon the creation of a new women's league in the United States, Women's Professional Soccer, it was announced on 25 September 2008 that her WPS playing rights had been assigned to Chicago Red Stars, whose head coach was former Arsenal assistant Emma Hayes. Her rights were traded on 15 January 2009 to Boston Breakers and it was announced on 6 February 2009 that she would be leaving Arsenal to join up with her new team.[10]

In the inaugural 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, Scott played in 17 games for the Breakers. She scored one goal and added one assist. In 2010, Scott featured in 21 games and registered two assists. She started 14 of her 15 matches in 2011. In December 2011, Scott returned to Arsenal on loan for the duration of a three-match pre-season tour of Japan.[11]

Back to England

When the WPS collapsed ahead of the 2012 campaign, Scott returned for a third spell at Arsenal. She was joined by Boston teammate Kelly Smith.[12] Scott was named captain for the 2014–15 season. She did not take part in the 2015 Continental Cup final where Arsenal Ladies beat Notts County to the Cup.[13] In the following season, Scott helped take Arsenal to the final of the 2016 FA Cup vs Chelsea which the Gunners won 1–0.[14] Scott played her last game on 12 May 2018 against Manchester City Women which Arsenal won 2–1.[15]

International career

Scott playing for England in 2014

England

Scott competed at the U19 and U21 levels for England, including at the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Canada.[16]

Scott made her full debut against the Netherlands on 18 September 2004. She played in the 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship, as well as the 2007, 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cups. She won silver at the 2009 UEFA Women's Euros and bronze at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[17]

In November 2014, Scott headed powerfully past her own goalkeeper to give Germany the lead in England's crushing 3–0 defeat at Wembley Stadium.[18]

On 2 September 2017, Scott retired from international football. On the date of retirement, she ended up as the second most capped England player with 140 appearances.[19]

Great Britain Olympics

In June 2012, Scott was named in the 18-player Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics.[20]

International goals

[21]

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
#DateVenueOpponentResultCompetitionScored
227 October 2005Tapolca Hungary13–02007 FIFA World Cup Qual.2
311 May 2006St. Mary's, Southampton Hungary2–02007 FIFA World Cup Qual.1
425 October 2006Waldstadion, Ahlen Germany1–5Friendly1
58 March 2007National Hockey Stadium, Milton Keynes Russia6–0Friendly1
628 January 2007Guangdong Olympic Stadium, Guangzhou United States1–12007 Four Nations Tournament1
827 October 2007Bescot Stadium, Walsall Belarus4–02009 UEFA Championship Qual.2
926 November 2009Buca Arena, İzmir Turkey3–02011 FIFA World Cup Qual.1
111 March 2010GSP Stadium, Nicosia Italy3–2Cyprus Cup2
1221 August 2010Sepp-Doll-Stadion, Krems Austria4–02011 FIFA World Cup Qual.1

Media career

Scott began her media career while still playing football, appearing on programmes such as Soccer AM[22] with other minor roles at BBC Sport, BT Sport, and Sky Sports.[23] In 2016 she appeared in Bear Grylls' ITV show, Mission Survive, which she won.[24]

Following her retirement in 2017, Scott turned her focus full-time to television broadcasting, co-presenting on Match of the Day Kickabout.[25] She became well known to a wider audience when she covered the 2018 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first female football pundit at a World Cup for the BBC.[26] After the tournament, she continued to provide insight on the Premier League, and in August 2018 became the first female pundit on Sky Sports, joining the Super Sunday team.[27] She covered the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup for the BBC.[26] In August 2019, Scott was announced as the new co-host of Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday alongside Chris Kamara.[28] In December 2020, Scott was one of the hosts for the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

From September 2019 Scott was a contestant on the 17th series of Strictly Come Dancing, paired with professional dancer Neil Jones.[29] The couple were eliminated in week 11, coming fifth.

  1. Red number indicates Alex and Neil were at the bottom of the leaderboard
  2. Score awarded by guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro
  3. Neil was injured during week 6 rehearsals, so Kevin Clifton danced in his place

Scott has spoken out repeatedly about the sexist abuse she frequently receives on social media because of her role as a football pundit.[26][30]

In May 2021, Scott was announced as the new presenter of Football Focus, after Dan Walker's decision to step down.[31]

Personal life

Scott was born in Poplar, East London and has an Irish mother and Jamaican father.[32]

She attended St Peter’s London Docks Primary school in Wapping.

In 2011, Scott founded the Alex Scott Academy in partnership with Kingston College and Puma, for female footballers aged 16–19 years. This represented the first such academy in the UK and was intended to highlight the growth of the women's game.[33] Scott also wrote a weekly women's football column in the Morning Star newspaper.[34]

Scott was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to football.[35]

Scott and former teammate Kelly Smith bought a house and lived together in Hertfordshire.[36][37] The pair also lived with each other after they both travelled to America together to play for the Boston Breakers. Their relationship only ended when Kelly left having met her wife-to-be DeAnna.[38] Both returned to England to play for Arsenal together in 2012 after the collapse of their American league.[12]

Honours

Arsenal

  • FA Women's Premier League: 2003–04,[39] 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • FA WSL: 2012
  • FA WSL Cup: 2012, 2013, 2015
  • FA Cup: 2003–04,[40] 2005–06,[41] 2006–07,[42] 2007–08,[43] 2012–13, 2013–14,[44] 2015–16[14][45]
  • UEFA Women's Champions League: 2006–07
  • FA Women's Community Shield: 2006,[46] 2008[47]
  • FA Women's Premier League Cup: 2006–07,[48] 2008–09[49]

England

See also

  • List of England women's international footballers
  • List of women's footballers with 100 or more international caps
  • List of football personalities with British honours
  • List of FIFA Women's World Cup broadcasters
  • List of FIFA World Cup broadcasters
  • List of Strictly Come Dancing contestants

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Further reading

  • Aluko, Eniola (2019), They Don't Teach This, Random House, ISBN 9781473564480
  • Caudwell, Jayne (2013), Women's Football in the UK: Continuing with Gender Analyses, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9781317966234
  • Clarke, Gemma (2019), Soccerwomen: The Icons, Rebels, Stars, and Trailblazers Who Transformed the Beautiful Game, ISBN 9781568589206
  • Dunn, Carrie (2019), Pride of the Lionesses: The Changing Face of Women's Football in England, Pitch Publishing (Brighton) Limited, ISBN 9781785315411
  • Dunn, Carrie (2016), The Roar of the Lionesses: Women's Football in England, Pitch Publishing Limited, ISBN 9781785311512
  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368
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