With women’s football non- existent at the moment on the field, good news reached us off the field that England midfielder Jill Scott has signed a new two-year deal with Manchester City that will see her combine playing with a coaching role.
33-year-old Scott became one of the first signings when City reformed back in 2014 and has gone on to become an essential part of the team that has picked up six major trophies including one WSL title in 2016.
The England midfielder has been instrumental in driving the growth of the women’s game and was deservedly awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list.
Scott told the club’s website:
“I’m a player first and foremost,
“I’ve been named as a player-coach, but I still want to play for this team and get success.
“It feels fantastic to have everything sorted and to know that I’m going to be at the club for the next two years is something I’m really looking forward to.”
Since her debut for the club in 2014, Scott has helped the Blues win three Continental Cup’s, two FA Women’s Cups and one WSL title.
Standing at 5 feet 11 inches tall, Scott was given the nickname Crouchy after former England International Peter Couch.
Scott was born in Sunderland and started her senior career at her hometown club back in 2005, aged just 18. Her talent didn’t go unnoticed and it wasn’t long before Everton Ladies snapped up her services in the summer of 2006, having turned down the opportunity to sign for Doncaster Rovers Belles. Scott decided to leave the Merseyside club at the end of the 2013 season.
After leaving Everton, Scott put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Manchester City Ladies, and immediately had a big impact on the side when City lifted the Continental Cup Trophy in 2014.
Having made no less than a century of appearances for City Ladies- including 16 this season before the WSL was cancelled in March due to the pandemic- since her debut, she has become an integral part of a very well organised side, who finished this season on top of the table with 40 points but were denied the title when Chelsea were announced as Champions on a PPG basis after the WSL Board decided that this would be the fairest way to decide the season.
At International level, Scott received her first England call up to the senior squad in 2006, having captained the Under 19’s for the previous 18 months. She made her debut for the England senior side against Holland in August 2006.
A year later she represented her country in the 2007 World Cup, coming on as a substitute in England’s opening match against Japan. She progressed to make the remaining matches in the tournament and grabbed her first England goal in a 6-1 thrashing of Argentina in the group stages.
In 2009, Scott was one of 17 women to be given central contracts by the FA. She was named in the squad for the 2009 Women’s European Championships, scoring a late winner as England defeated Holland in the semi-final.
At the 2011 World Cup, she scored against New Zealand in a 2-1 group win and hit the net against France in the quarter-finals of the event.
This year has certainly been a good year so far for the England midfielder after getting an MBE for services to women’s football and also announcing her engagement to her long-term partner Shelley Unitt in March.