Alex Scott (footballer, born 1984)

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Alex Scott
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Alex Scott BBC Sport 01 06 2019 (cropped).jpg
Scott in 2019
Personal information
Full name Alexandra Virina Scott [1]
Date of birth (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 (age 37) [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*
YearsTeamApps(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)
Total218(15)
National team
2004–2017 England 140 (12)
2012 Great Britain 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 19:00, 12 May 2018 (UTC) [2] [3]

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 W.F.C. in the FA WSL. She made 140 appearances for the England women's national football team and represented Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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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]

Early life and education

Scott was born in Poplar, East London and has an Irish mother and Jamaican father. During the filming of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? in 2021, she discovered that her maternal great-grandfather was a Jew who opposed fascism in East London, [8] and that her 4x great grandfather, a black man, owned 26 slaves. [9]

Scott attended Langdon Park School which has been granted Sports College status. Scott and rapper Dizzee Rascal, also a past pupil, both represented GB (in their own fields) at the 2012 London Olympics. [10]

Club career

Scott playing for Arsenal in 2006, with Emma Byrne looking on Alex Scott.jpg
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. [11] After breaking into the first team as a striker or right winger, [12] 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.[ citation needed ]

Move to the United States

Scott playing for the Boston Breakers in the WPS in 2010 Scott-2010-stl.jpg
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. [13]

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. [14]

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. [15] 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. [16] In the following season, Scott helped take Arsenal to the final of the 2016 FA Cup vs Chelsea which the Gunners won 1–0. [17] Scott played her last game on 12 May 2018 against Manchester City Women which Arsenal won 2–1. [18]

International career

Scott playing for England in 2014 Alex Scott England Ladies v Montenegro 5 4 2014 631.jpg
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. [19]

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. [20]

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. [21]

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. [22]

Great Britain Olympics

In June 2012, Scott was named in the 18-player Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics. [23] [24]

International goals

[25]

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
#DateVenueOpponentResultCompetitionScored
227 October 2005 Tapolca Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 13–0 2007 FIFA World Cup Qual. 2
311 May 2006 St. Mary's, Southampton Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2–0 2007 FIFA World Cup Qual. 1
425 October 2006 Waldstadion, Ahlen Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1–5 Friendly 1
58 March 2007 National Hockey Stadium, Milton Keynes Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 6–0 Friendly 1
628 January 2007 Guangdong Olympic Stadium, Guangzhou Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1–1 2007 Four Nations Tournament 1
827 October 2007 Bescot Stadium, Walsall Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 4–0 2009 UEFA Championship Qual. 2
926 November 2009 Buca Arena, İzmir Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 3–0 2011 FIFA World Cup Qual. 1
111 March 2010 GSP Stadium, Nicosia Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 3–2 Cyprus Cup 2
1221 August 2010Sepp-Doll-Stadion, Krems Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 4–0 2011 FIFA World Cup Qual. 1

Matches and goals scored at World Cup & Olympic tournaments

Alex Scott featured for England in three World Cups (China 2007, Germany 2011, Canada 2015) and one Olympic Games (London 2012).

Key (expand for notes on “world cup and olympic goals”)
LocationGeographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
LineupStart – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
( c ) – captain

MinThe minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/passThe ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pkGoal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
ScoreThe match score after the goal was scored.
ResultThe final score.

W – match was won
L – match was lost to opponent
D – match was drawn
(W) – penalty-shoot-out was won after a drawn match
(L) – penalty-shoot-out was lost after a drawn match

aetThe score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament
GoalMatchDateLocationOpponentLineupMinScoreResultCompetition
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup
1
2007-9-11 [m 1] Shanghai Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

off 89' (on Johnson)

2–2 D

Group match
2
2007-9-14 [m 2] Shanghai Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Start

0–0 D

Group match
3
2007-9-17 [m 3] Chengdu Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina

off 68' (on Smith)

6–1 W

Group match
4
2007-9-22 [m 4] Tianjin Flag of the United States.svg  United States Start

0–3 L

Quarter Final
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
5
2011-6-27 [m 5] Wolfsburg Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Start

1–1 D

Group match
6
2011-7-1 [m 6] Dresden Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Start

2–1 W

Group match
7
2011-7-5 [m 7] Augsburg Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Start

2–0 W

Group match
8
2011-7-9 [m 8] Leverkusen Flag of France.svg  France

off 80' (on Houghton)

1–1(pso 3–4) (L)

Quarter Final
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
9
2012-7-25 [m 9] Cardiff Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Start

1–0 W

Group match
10
2012-7-28 [m 10] Cardiff Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon Start

3–0 W

Group match
11
2012-7-31 [m 11] London Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Start

1–0 W

Group match
12
2012-8-3 [m 12] Coventry Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Start

0–2 L

Quarter-Final
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
13
2015-6-9 [m 13] Moncton Flag of France.svg  France

off 67' (on Kirby)

0–1 L

Group match
14
2015-6-13 [m 14] Moncton Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico

on 84' (off Bronze)

2–1 W

Group match
15
2015-6-17 [m 15] Montreal Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Start

2–1 W

Group match
16
2015-7-2 [m 16] Edmonton Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

on 74' (off Bronze)

1–2 L

Semi Final

Media career

Scott began her media career while still playing football, appearing on programmes such as Soccer AM [26] with other minor roles at BBC Sport, BT Sport, and Sky Sports. [27] In 2016 she appeared in Bear Grylls' ITV show, Mission Survive , which she won. [28]

Following her retirement in 2017, Scott turned her focus full-time to television broadcasting, co-presenting on Match of the Day Kickabout . [29] 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. [30] 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. [31] She covered the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup for the BBC. [30] In August 2019, Scott was announced as the new co-host of Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday alongside Chris Kamara. [32] In December 2020, Scott was one of the hosts for the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Scott is also a frequent guest presenter on The One Show .

From September 2019 Scott was a contestant on the 17th series of Strictly Come Dancing , paired with professional dancer Neil Jones. [33] The couple were eliminated in week 11, coming fifth.

  1. 1 2 Red number indicates Alex and Neil were at the bottom of the leaderboard
  2. Score awarded by guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro
  3. 1 2 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. [30] [34]

In May 2021, Scott was announced as the new presenter of Football Focus , after Dan Walker's decision to step down. [35]

In July 2021, Scott was announced as a co-host of a new BBC daytime quiz show, The Tournament, alongside Ross Kemp. [36] That same month, Scott was announced as a commentator for the EA Sports game FIFA 22 [37]

She was a main presenter for the BBC's coverage of the 2020 Olympic Games [38] alongside Clare Balding.

The BBC announced that Scott will participate in Autumn 2021's new series of 'Who Do You Think You Are?', the seven episodes feature seven different celebrities and their ancestry research journey. The series will be aired from October 2021 onwards. [39]

Personal life

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. [40] Scott also wrote a weekly women's football column in the Morning Star newspaper. [41]

Scott was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to football. [42]

Scott and former teammate Kelly Smith bought a house and lived together in Hertfordshire. [43] [44] The pair also lived together in America while both played for the Boston Breakers. Their relationship ended when Kelly left having met her wife-to-be DeAnna. [45] Both returned to England to play for Arsenal together in 2012 after the collapse of their American league. [15]

Honours

Arsenal

England

See also

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