Deanna Cooper

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Deanna Cooper
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Deanna Cooper playing for Chelsea F.C. Women in November 2019
Personal information
Full name Deanna Cooper
Date of birth (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 29)
Place of birth Chatham, Kent, England
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 14
Senior career*
2010–2014 Gillingham
2014–2016 Brighton & Hove Albion
2016 London Bees
2017–2020 Chelsea 15 (0)
2020– Reading 37 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 10:49, 5 May 2022 (UTC)

Deanna Cooper (born 20 June 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Reading. She previously played for the Gillingham, Brighton & Hove Albion, London Bees and Chelsea.


Playing career


London Bees

Cooper played for London Bees during the 2016 FA WSL season. Playing primarily as a centreback defender, she scored 1 goal in her 11 appearances for the club. [1] During the first round of the 2016 FA WSL Cup, she scored an equaliser against former champions Chelsea which resulted in a penalty shootout and win for the Bees. [2] [3]


Cooper signed with Chelsea in February 2017. [1] Of her signing, she said, "It is a dream of mine to join a pro club so to be here is an amazing feeling. I have worked my way through the ranks and am delighted to have done enough to earn a contract with Chelsea." [1] Cooper was a starting defender in 8 of the 11 matches in the FA WSL Spring Series, helping the team win with a 6–1–1 record. [4]

Ahead of the 2017–18 season, she experienced an ACL injury. [4] In March 2018, she signed a two-year extension with Chelsea. [5]


On 17 July 2020, Reading announced the signing of Cooper. [6] On 7 July 2022, Reading announced that Cooper had signed a new two-year contract with the club. [7]

Career statistics

As of match played 1 May 2022 [8]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupContinentalOtherTotal
Chelsea 2017 FA Women's Super League 801000--90
2017–18 10000000-10
2018–19 50006110-121
2019–20 101062--82
Reading 2020–21 FA Women's Super League2101020--240
2021–22 1601010--180
Career total5204015310--723




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