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Ashleigh Goddard

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

09/04/1992

Signed

01/08/2019

Starting at Arsenal, where Goddard played from the age of 9 to 18, the midfielder moved from the Centre of Excellence through both Reserves and Academy, and represented her country during that period at both England U15s and U17s levels.

Not shy in front of a camera, she won Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker contest in 2009, aged 16, which considered her Britain's most skilful street footballer that year!
 
Then the USA beckoned, and winning a scholarship, she began a run of success at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, playing NCAA Division 1 soccer. Named in the Big East All Rookie Team of the Year, she was captain for two years, and a two-time winner of the Jean Nordberg Memorial Award.
 
Returning to England in 2014, she first joined Reading and then London Bees, where once again she wore the captain’s armband and won both the 2017 Joint Top Goalscorer and Manager’s Player of the Year Awards.
 
She subsequently wanted more overseas exposure, and again set off overseas: this time to Denmark, where she signed for FC Nordsjaelland, (league champions in Denmark’s second tier) and then to Cyprus, to play for Apollon Ladies FC. Here she played as a full-time professional for the top division league champions, earning a Champions League qualification place.

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