Shelley Kerr

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Shelley Kerr
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-10-15) 15 October 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Broxburn, West Lothian, Scotland
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Scotland (Head Coach)
Senior career*
Edinburgh Dynamo
Inveralmond Thistle
Heart of Midlothian
2001–2002 Giuliano's
2002–2005 Kilmarnock
2005–2007 Doncaster Rovers Belles
2007–2008 Hibernian
2008–2010 Spartans
National team
1989–2008 Scotland [1] 59 (3)
Teams managed
2004 Kilmarnock
2007–2008 Hibernian
2008–2010 Spartans
2009–2013 Scotland U19
2013–2014 Arsenal
2014–2017 Stirling University F.C.
2017– Scotland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:40, 17 December 2017 (UTC)

Michelle "Shelley" Kerr (born 15 December 1969) is a Scottish football manager and former player. She is currently the manager of Scotland women's national football team. As a player Kerr was a powerful centre back, who captained the Scotland as well as clubs including Kilmarnock and Hibernian. During her playing career, Kerr won every domestic honour in Scotland and played in the UEFA Women's Cup. She won 59 caps for Scotland between 1989 and 2008, scoring three goals.

Scottish people ethnic inhabitants of Scotland

The Scottish people or Scots, are a nation and ethnic group native to Scotland. Historically, they emerged from an amalgamation of two Celtic-speaking peoples, the Picts and Gaels, who founded the Kingdom of Scotland in the 9th century. Later, the neighbouring Celtic-speaking Cumbrians, as well as Germanic-speaking Anglo-Saxons and Norse, were incorporated into the Scottish nation.

Association football team field sport

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As a manager, Kerr gained experience at Kilmarnock, Hibernian and Spartans while progressing through the Scottish Football Association's (SFA) Long-term Player Development pathway, eventually taking charge of the Scotland women's under–19 national team in 2009. She gained the UEFA Pro Licence in January 2013, shortly before leaving the SFA for Arsenal. She led Arsenal to an FA Women's Cup and Continental Cup double in 2013, and a second FA Cup in 2014. [2]

Scottish Football Association governing body of association football in Scotland

The Scottish Football Association, is the governing body of football in Scotland and has the ultimate responsibility for the control and development of football in Scotland. Members of the SFA include clubs in Scotland, affiliated national associations as well as local associations. It was formed in 1873, making it the second oldest national football association in the world. It is not to be confused with the "Scottish Football Union", which is the name that the SRU was known by until the 1920s.

UEFA Pro Licence

The UEFA Pro Licence is a coaching licence mandated by UEFA, the official governing body of European football. Issued by each member state's football federation and valid for two years, the licence is the highest coaching certification available and generally follows the completion of the UEFA 'B' and 'A' licences.

Arsenal Women Football Club, formerly known as Arsenal Ladies Football Club, is an English women's association football club affiliated with Arsenal Football Club. Founded in 1987, they are the most successful club in English women's football having won 49 national honours to date; 2 FA WSL titles, 12 FA Women's Premier League titles, 14 FA Women's Cups, ten Women's Premier League Cups, 5 FA WSL Cups and one UEFA Women's Champions League.

Playing career

Club career

Kerr participated in football at school [3] and Edinburgh Dynamo were her first football club. In 200102 Kerr was playing for Edinburgh–based Giuliano's. [4] In summer 2002 she moved to league champions Kilmarnock, ahead of the inaugural Scottish Women's Premier League season. [5] In September 2002 Kerr made her UEFA Women's Cup debut in a 00 draw with CSK. [6]

Edinburgh City and council area in Scotland

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 council areas. Historically part of the county of Midlothian, it is located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth's southern shore.

Football Club Kilmarnock Ladies is a women's football team based in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire that plays in the SWPL 2. Founded as Stewarton Thistle, the club is the oldest women's football team in Scotland and celebrated its 50th anniversary in July 2011.

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.

In January 2005 Kerr and compatriot Nicky Grant signed for struggling English FA Women's Premier League club Doncaster Rovers Belles, [7] both making their debuts in a 31 home defeat to Charlton Athletic. [8] Kerr and Grant scored in the Belles' 20 win over Bristol City to help the club avoid relegation. [9]

Nichola Anne "Nicky" Grant is a Scottish female international footballer, who plays as a midfielder. She currently plays in the Scottish Women's Premier League for Forfar Farmington, having previously played in England for Arsenal and Doncaster Rovers Belles as well as in Iceland, Germany and Sweden. Grant amassed over 90 appearances for the Scotland women's national football team.

Doncaster Rovers Belles L.F.C.

Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies Football Club, previously Doncaster Belles, is an English women's football club that plays in the FA Women's National League North, the third tier of women's football in England. The club is based at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Charlton Athletic W.F.C.

Charlton Athletic Women's Football Club (CAWFC) play in the FA Women's Championship.

International career

Kerr made her senior Scottish national team debut against "Auld Enemy" England, a 30 friendly defeat at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy in April 1989. [10]

The Scotland women's national football team represents Scotland in international women's football competitions. Since 1998, the team has been governed by the Scottish Football Association (SFA). Scotland qualified in the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, and qualified for their first UEFA Women's Euro in 2017. As of December 2018, the team was 20th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

The England–Scotland football rivalry is a sports rivalry that exists between their respective national football teams. It is the oldest international fixture in the world, first played in 1872 at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow. The history of the British Isles has led to much rivalry between the nations in many forms, and the social and cultural effects of centuries of antagonism and conflict between the two has contributed to the intense nature of the sporting contests. Scottish nationalism has also been a factor in the Scots' desire to defeat England above all other rivals, with Scottish sports journalists traditionally referring to the English as the "Auld Enemy".

The England women's national football team has been governed by the Football Association (FA) since 1993, having been previously administered by the Women's Football Association (WFA). England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, England is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

Kerr stopped playing football altogether for approximately nine years, during which she gave birth to her daughter. Returning to the game in her early thirties, she trained hard to win back her place in the Scotland team. [11] In May 2001, Kerr was named in coach Vera Pauw's Scotland squad for a friendly with the Netherlands at Almondvale Stadium. She was listed as a Heart of Midlothian LFC player. [12]

Childbirth expulsion of a fetus from the pregnant mothers uterus

Childbirth, also known as labour and delivery, is the ending of a pregnancy by one or more babies leaving a woman's uterus by vaginal passage or Caesarean section. In 2015, there were about 135 million births globally. About 15 million were born before 37 weeks of gestation, while between 3 and 12% were born after 42 weeks. In the developed world most deliveries occur in hospitals, while in the developing world most births take place at home with the support of a traditional birth attendant.

Daughter female offspring; a girl or woman in relation to his parents

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Vera Pauw is a Dutch football coach and former player. She has managed several national women's football teams, including Scotland, Netherlands, Russia and South Africa.

Following her comeback, Kerr later intended to quit national team duty after a tour of Cyprus in 2007, but was persuaded by coach Anna Signeul to return for the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying campaign. [13] Prior to the home fixture against Ukraine at McDiarmid Park in May 2008, presentations were made to Kerr, Megan Sneddon and Suzanne Grant who had all reached the milestone of 50 appearances for their country. [14]

Kerr retired from international football, aged 39, after the away leg of Scotland's eventual away goals defeat to Russia in Nalchik on 30 October 2008, in the qualifying play–off. It was reported that this had been her 58th and final cap. [15] In an interview with She Kicks in May 2010, Kerr attested to a total of 59 appearances. [16]

International goals

Results list Scotland's goal tally first. [17] [18] [19]
125 November 2001Puyenbeke Stadion, Belsele Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2–3 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup qual. 1
231 July 2005 McDiarmid Park, Perth Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 2–1 Friendly 1
327 October 2007 NTC Senec, Senec Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 3–0 2009 UEFA Women's Championship qual. 1

Coaching career

Kerr took her first coaching course at the Inverclyde NTSC in 1989. [20] When Jim Chapman resigned as manager of Kilmarnock Ladies in 2004, Kerr took the team's training sessions in the opening months of the 200405 season. [21] She did not want the job on a permanent basis and was keen for someone else to take over. [22] After Kerr's playing career took her to Doncaster Rovers Belles, then back to Scotland with Hibernian, she took over as Hibs' player–coach under manager Maggie Wilson in 200708. That season she captained the club to a Scottish Women's Cup and Scottish Women's Premier League Cup double.

In June 2008 Kerr left Hibernian for a player–manager role at their Edinburgh rivals Spartans. [23] Having previously worked as a Regional Development Officer for the Scottish Football Association (SFA), Kerr was appointed Technical and Development Programme Manager for Girls and Women's Football in 2009. The women's under–19 national team came under Kerr's remit and she steered them to the 2010 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship finals. [24] Increasing commitments with the SFA meant that Kerr resigned as Spartans manager in April 2010. [25]

Kerr was awarded the UEFA Pro Licence in January 2013. [20] On 1 February 2013 she was "extremely excited" to be announced as Laura Harvey's successor as manager of Arsenal Ladies. [26] The club under her management won the FA Women's Cup and Continental Cup and finished third in the league during the 2013 season. After a poor run of form which saw the club gain only one point from the opening four league matches of the 2014 season, exit the Champions League to Birmingham and suffer a shock loss to Reading in the League Cup, Kerr decided to resign. [27] [28] Kerr's final game in charge of Arsenal was the 2014 FA Women's Cup final which her team won 2–0 against Everton. [29]

On 19 August 2014 Kerr was appointed as manager of the Lowland Football League side Stirling University. [30] Kerr's appointment is the first time at this level in the United Kingdom a woman has been named as manager of a men's side.

On 13 April 2017 Kerr was appointed as manager of Scotland women’s head coach. [31] Under her management, Scotland qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. [32]

Style of play

Anna Signeul, Kerr's manager at international level, described her as a "really British central defender" in respect of "toughness on the pitch, and for her ability to communicate verbally and direct the other players." [13] Writing in the Scotland on Sunday newspaper in 2002, sports journalist Moira Gordon praised Kerr as "uncompromising and tenacious". She summarised Kerr as: "A tough player both mentally and physically, she is good in the air and also with the ball at her feet, and times her tackles well." [11]





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