Gemma Fay

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Gemma Fay
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Personal information
Full nameGemma Fay [1]
Date of birth (1981-12-09) 9 December 1981 (age 37) [1]
Place of birth Perth, Scotland
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
St. Johnstone Girls
Senior career*
Aberdeen Ladies
0000–2002 Ayr United Ladies
2002–2003 Brighton & Hove Albion Women
2003–2005 Hibernian Ladies
2005–2007 Leeds United Ladies
2007–2009 Hibernian Ladies
2009–2016 Celtic Ladies
2016–2017 Glasgow City
2017 Stjarnan 15 (0)
National team
1998–2017 Scotland [2] 203 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 12:00, 25 March 2011 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:41, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

Gemma Fay (born 9 December 1981) is a Scottish former female international football goalkeeper and actress. She played in Iceland for Stjarnan. Fay made 203 appearances for the Scotland national team, becoming their most capped player.

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Fay made her senior Scotland debut against Czech Republic in May 1998 [3] and Fay won 23 Scotland caps before the age of 19. She praised the contribution of her national goalkeeping coach, Jim Gallacher. [4]

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In 2009, Fay took over the captain's armband from long-term skipper Julie Fleeting and then reached 100 caps against Canada at the Cyprus Cup in 2009. [5] In December 2011 Fay and three Celtic women's team mates were approached about playing for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics. [6]

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Fay moved on to 141 appearances in May 2012, equalling the record held by Pauline Hamill, after playing in a 3–1 friendly win over Poland in Gdańsk. [7] She set a new record of 142 appearances after playing in Scotland's next match, a 4–1 friendly defeat to Sweden. [8]

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Fay lost her place in the Glasgow City team in 2017 to Lee Alexander. In an effort to prolong her international career, Fay moved to Icelandic club Stjarnan in April 2017. [9] She made her 200th full international appearance in July 2017, in a friendly against Ireland. [10]

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In November 2017, Fay was appointed as Scottish Rugby's new Head of Women and Girls' rugby. [11]

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In 2013, Gemma made her TV acting debut in the one-off Sky Living drama Rubenesque. [12]

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