Lee Alexander (footballer)

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Lee Alexander (born 23 September 1991) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Scottish Women's Premier League club Glasgow City and the Scotland women's national team.

Association football team field sport

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The Scottish Women's Premier League (SWPL) is the highest level of league competition in women's football in Scotland. The league consists of two divisions, SWPL 1 and SWPL 2, each with eight teams and is owned and managed by Scottish Women's Football. The league was formed in 2002 when the Premier Division of the Scottish Women's Football League (SWFL) broke away to form the SWPL. Initially operating as a single division of twelve teams, the current format was introduced in 2015 with the creation of SWPL 2.

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Early life

Lee Alexander was born in East Kilbride on 27 September 1991. She grew up in the Stewartfield area of the town and was educated at Calderglen High School. [1]

East Kilbride town in South Lanarkshire in Scotland

East Kilbride is the largest town in South Lanarkshire in Scotland and the 6th largest settlement in Scotland. It was also designated Scotland's first new town on 6 May 1947. The area lies on a raised plateau to the south of the Cathkin Braes, about 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Glasgow and close to the boundary with East Renfrewshire.

Stewartfield, East Kilbride

Stewartfield is an upmarket area of the Scottish new town East Kilbride, in South Lanarkshire.

Calderglen High School

Calderglen High School is a state-run secondary school in the St Leonards area of the Scottish new town East Kilbride, in South Lanarkshire. The complex of buildings is situated on the precipitous bank of the Rotten Calder Water, overlooking a meander named the School Bend. The school derives its name from the Calder Glen (gorge) which the river occupies, which is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). The school has a pupil roll of approximately 1800, and 130 teachers, making it one of the largest secondary institutions in Europe. The school's houses are named Cameron, Torrance, and Struthers.

Playing career

Club

Alexander played for Glasgow City for five years, winning fourteen trophies including four consecutive domestic trebles, before signing a full-time professional contract with Swedish Damallsvenskan club Mallbackens IF in December 2015. [1] She rejoined Glasgow City in December 2016. [2]

Glasgow City F.C. association football club

Glasgow City Football Club is a women's football team based in Glasgow that plays in SWPL 1, the top division of women's football in Scotland and also the higher of two levels of the Scottish Women's Premier League. The club has competed in the UEFA Women's Cup and UEFA Women's Champions League. They also have a reserve team and youth teams.

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International

Alexander was first called up to the full Scotland squad in November 2015 for a Euro 2017 qualifying match against Macedonia. [3] Still uncapped, she was named in the Scotland squad for the Euro 2017 finals. [4] Alexander became the first choice goalkeeper for Scotland after Euro 2017, when Gemma Fay retired. [5] Her international debut came in a 3–0 friendly victory over Hungary in Telki on 14 September 2017, [6] and she helped the team qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. [5] An important moment in the qualifying group was when Alexander saved a penalty kick against Poland. [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 Thomson, Paul (17 December 2015). "Goalkeeper Lee Alexander signs first pro contract with Swedish side Mallbackens". Daily Record. Glasgow. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  2. "Lee Alexander returns to Glasgow". Glasgow City F.C. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  3. "Lee Alexander in Scotland women's squad to face Macedonia". BBC Sport. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  4. Thomson, Paul (10 July 2017). "East Kilbride's Lee Alexander off to Women's Euros with Scotland". Daily Record. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  5. 1 2 3 MacBeath, Amy (11 September 2018). "Lee Alexander: 'It's been a rollercoaster at times for Scotland'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  6. "Kerr begins reign with resounding victory". Scottish Football Association. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2018.