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Bethany Jane Mead (born 9 May 1995) is an English footballer who plays as a forward for Arsenal and the England national team.

Beth Mead
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Mead at the Emirates Cup 2019
Personal information
Full name Bethany Jane Mead[1]
Date of birth (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Whitby, England[2]
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 23
Youth career
2005–2011 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2017 Sunderland 78 (77)
2017– Arsenal 36 (15)
National team
2010 England U15 2 (2)
2010 England U17 3 (2)
2012–2014 England U19 15 (5)
2014 England U20 3 (1)
2015– England U23 5 (2)
2018– England 25 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:18, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2019

Club careerEdit

SunderlandEdit

 
Mead celebrating Sunderland's promotion to WSL1 in 2014

Mead began her youth career at California Girls FC before joining Middlesbrough F.C. Centre of Excellence at age 10 before moving at age 16 to Sunderland, then in the FA Women's Premier League. In her first season she scored 23 goals in as many games, and ended the season with 29 goals in all competitions, followed by 30 goals in 28 matches the following season, and 15 goals in the 2014 FA WSL season to lead Sunderland to promotion to WSL 1.[3] Although Mead turned professional upon Sunderland's promotion, she resolved to finish her final year at University. She also agreed to work as a barmaid in her local pub during the off-season, as a courtesy to the owners who had previously provided her with sponsorship funding.[4]

In her first match at the top level, Mead scored in Sunderland's shock 2–1 win over reigning champions Liverpool.[5] On 19 July 2015, Mead scored a hat-trick against league leaders Chelsea, making her the league-leading scorer with eight goals.[6] Earlier that week, Mead avoided injury despite rolling her car three times while trying to avoid a deer.[7] The following week, she scored twice in a 4–1 win at Bristol, sending Sunderland to the top of the WSL 1.[8] She ended the 2015 season as leading goalscorer in the WSL1 with 12 goals in 14 appearances.[9]

ArsenalEdit

 
Beth Mead for Arsenal in 2018.

On 24 January 2017, it was announced that Arsenal Ladies had signed Mead on an undisclosed-length full-time deal.[10] At Arsenal, summer 2017 signing Vivianne Miedema soon occupied the centre-forward berth, so Mead had to play as a winger instead: "I'd played No 9 all my career until I came to Arsenal. I was a bit annoyed that I wasn’t playing No 9, because I thought that was my best position. But now I really enjoy playing on the wing. I can get involved, run at people, bring other people into play."[11] Arsenal won the 2017–18 FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup with Mead scoring in the knockout rounds against her former club Sunderland in the Quarter Final and against Reading in the semi final. Mead finished the 2017–18 season as Arsenal's top goalscorer in the league with 8 goals and was voted Arsenal's player of the season. Despite this, Arsenal missed out on qualification to the 2018–19 Champions League. On missing out on Champions League qualification, Mead said, "It’s a bit frustrating, we had a few results this season where we slipped up and that was our fault. That took it out of our own hands today and Manchester City deserved to finish above us in the end."[12]

By the 2018–19 season, Mead had fully reinvented herself as a versatile winger under Joe Montemurro and built up a good relationship on the pitch with Arsenal leading goalscorer Vivianne Miedema combining nine times to score, more than any other duo. She also broke the record for most assists in a single season with 12 and created more chances than any other Arsenal player with 54. She finished third in the WSL for total goal contributions with 7 goals along with her 12 assists.[13] Mead capped a great season off by scoring the 3rd goal in Arsenal's 4–0 title clinching win at Brighton and Hove Albion on 28 April 2019.[14]

International careerEdit

 
Beth Mead playing for England in 2019.

Mead has represented England at every age level from under-15, and played in all three England under-20 matches at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup where she scored a long-range goal against Mexico.[3]

In April 2018, Mead made her debut for the senior England women's national football team as a substitute in a 0–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification draw with Wales in Southampton.[15] She started her first match in September 2018, scoring twice in England's 6–0 win over Kazakhstan in Pavlodar.[16]

International goalsEdit

As of match played 12 November 2019. England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mead goal.
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 4 September 2018 Ortalik Stadion, Pavlodar, Kazakhstan   Kazakhstan 1–0 6–0 2019 FIFA World Cup qualification [17]
2 5–0
3 27 February 2019 Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, United States   Brazil 2–1 2–1 2019 SheBelieves Cup [18]
4 5 March 2019 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States   Japan 3–0 3–0 [19]
5 9 April 2019 County Ground, Swindon, England   Spain 1–0 2–1 Friendly [20]
6 29 August 2019 Den Dreef, Heverlee, Belgium   Belgium 2–0 3–3 Friendly [21]
7 8 October 2019 Estádio do Bonfim, Setúbal, Portugal   Portugal 1–0 1–0 Friendly [22]
8 12 November 2019 Stadion Střelecký ostrov, České Budějovice, Czech Republic   Czech Republic 2–1 3–2 Friendly [23]

Personal lifeEdit

Whilst playing for Sunderland, Mead gained a degree in Sports Development from Teesside University.[24][25]

HonoursEdit

Sunderland[26]

  • FA Women's Super League 2: 2014

Arsenal[26]

England

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "List of Players – England" (PDF). FIFA. 4 August 2014. p. 5. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Women's World Cup 2019: Mapping England's Lionesses squad". BBC Sport. 2 July 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b Dick, Stuart (23 September 2014). "Is Sunderland striker Beth Mead a future England star?". BBC Newcastle. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Mead eager to revise Canadian experience". FIFA. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Exclusive: Beth Mead". Shoot (football magazine). 23 April 2015. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  6. ^ Currie, Jo (19 July 2015). "Carlton Fairweather: Beth Mead 'deserves' senior England call". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  7. ^ Currie, Jo (18 July 2015). "WSL 1: Sunderland Ladies 4–0 Chelsea Ladies". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Williams says Sunderland's sights are set on the top". FA WSL. 25 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  9. ^ Stillman, Tim. "Arseblog Exclusive- Interview with Arsenal Women Striker Beth Mead | Arseblog News – the Arsenal news site". Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Beth Mead: Arsenal Ladies sign Sunderland striker ahead of WSL Spring Series". BBC Sport. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Mead hoping for more moments of magic". FIFA. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  12. ^ Stillman, Tim. "Arseblog Exclusive! Beth Mead Reacts to Victory Over Bristol City Women | Arseblog News – the Arsenal news site". Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  13. ^ "2018/19: The stats behind our title-winning season". www.arsenal.com. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Women's Super League: Brighton & Hove Albion Women 0–4 Arsenal Women". 28 April 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  15. ^ Lavery, Glen (April 2018). "New position and new focus for England debutant Beth Mead". The Football Association. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Kazakhstan 0–6 England: Beth Mead scores twice on full debut to round off World Cup qualifying campaign". The Independent. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  17. ^ "KAZAKHSTAN 0 – 6 ENGLAND". Soccerway. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  18. ^ "ENGLAND 2 – 1 BRAZIL". Soccerway. 27 February 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  19. ^ "JAPAN 0 – 3 ENGLAND". Soccerway. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  20. ^ "ENGLAND 2 – 1 SPAIN". Soccerway. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  21. ^ Magowan, Alistair (29 August 2019). "Belgium 3–3 England: Sloppy Lionesses salvage draw". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  22. ^ Sanders, Emma (8 October 2019). "Portugal 0–1 England: Beth Mead capitalises on error to give Lionesses win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  23. ^ Garry, Tom (12 November 2019). "Czech Republic 2–3 England: Leah Williamson's late goal gives Lionesses win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  24. ^ Neal, Martin (15 October 2015). "Teesside University student Beth Mead wins full England call-up". Gazette Live. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  25. ^ Lavery, Glenn (4 October 2019). "Beth Mead relishing return to Middlesbrough". The FA. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  26. ^ a b "B. Mead". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  27. ^ "England record statement win over Japan to clinch prestigious SheBelieves Cup". The Football Association. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  28. ^ Aloia, Andrew (17 March 2016). "Women's Super League: Sunderland striker Beth Mead says she is 'no one-trick pony'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  29. ^ Sports, PA. "Bronze caps memorable 2015 with Player of the Year award". The Football Association. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  30. ^ FA, The. "CELEBRATION TIME AT 20TH ANNUAL FA WOMEN'S FOOTBALL AWARDS". The Football Association. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  31. ^ "The PFA". www.thepfa.com. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  32. ^ "Beth Mead voted FSF Women's Player of the Year". www.arsenal.com. Retrieved 16 June 2019.

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