Julie Nelson (footballer)

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Julie Nelson
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Lotta Schelin in 2014
Personal information
Full name Julie Nelson
Date of birth (1985-06-04) 4 June 1985 (age 37)
Place of birth Northern Ireland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Crusaders Strikers
Number 15
Senior career*
2002–2010 Crusaders Strikers
2011–2012 Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja 35 (2)
2013 Everton Ladies 3 (0)
2013–2014 Glasgow City 9 (0)
2015–2016 Durham Women
2016–present Crusaders Strikers
National team
2004– Northern Ireland 125 (8)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:34, 24 October 2015 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 22:55, 13 July 2022 (UTC)

Julie Elizabeth Nelson BEM (born 4 June 1985) is an association football defender from Northern Ireland who plays for Crusaders Strikers. [1] She represents Northern Ireland on the Northern Ireland women's national football team. She previously played for Durham Women, [2] Glasgow City, Everton Ladies, and Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja. [1]


Nelson made her international debut during the 2004 Algarve Cup. [3] Later on, she made her 100th appearance for Northern Ireland in September 2018, becoming the first player to reach that landmark. [4] [5] [6]

Nelson was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2021 Birthday Honours for services to women's football. [7]

On 7 July 2022 in a 4-1 loss to Norway, Nelson scored the first goal in Euro's history for the Northern Ireland Women's National team. With the same goal, Nelson also became the oldest woman to score in history of the Euros at 37 years and 33 days.


with Glasgow City
with Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja
with Crusaders Strikers

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