Name – Sue Smith Sport – Football Competitive Record 90 Senior Caps for England 16 Goals Personal Honours: FA Players' Player of the Year Award (1998–99) FA International Player of the Year Award (1998–99, 2000–01) Member of FIFA XI All Star Team (1999) England Honours: Member of the winning team in the Cyprus Cup 2009 Euro 2009 Finalist Club Honours: Member of Leeds Carnegie League Cup Winning Team 2010 FA Premier League Cup Finalist – Leeds United 2007 Biography: Sue started playing football for Rainhill United when she was 5 years of age. She was inspired by watching her older brother compete for the same team and wanted to get involved. Sue was stopped from playing mixed football when she was 9 and went on to join St Helens Girls team. She played for St Helens for 5 years before being scouted by the Tranmere Rovers manager who asked her to sign for the ladies team. Sue played at Tranmere Rovers for many years, but after years of fielding several offers from top clubs around the country, she signed for Leeds United in the summer of 2002. Sue now plays for Lincoln Ladies in the inaugural Women’s Super League. Sue made her full international debut for the England Women’s senior team at the tender age of 17 in 1996 against Germany and scored! One of Sue’s England career highlights was scoring a hat-trick of tremendous goals in a home friendly against Spain in February 2001. Sue’s personal honours include winning the Nationwide International Player of the Year award twice in 1999 and 2001 alongside receiving FA Players' Player of the Year Award for 1998–99. Another of Sue’s career highlights was being selected to represent her country in the FIFA XI against the USA in a showcase match at the San Jose Stadium, USA.
Sue suffered a horrendous injury after a training ground accident in February 2002 in which she broke her leg, dislocated her ankle and snapped ligaments. However, she made her domestic comeback just 6 months later ready to start the 2002-03 season. One of Sue’s other passions alongside football is the work she does with the media. She regularly appears as a pundit for the women’s game on the BBC, Sky and ESPN. She worked alongside Andy Ansah and Wayne Rooney in their pursuit to find football talents from the streets of England on the first series of Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker on Sky 1. Giving back to sport: Sue is a member of the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust team creating life chances for young people. Sue is a role model to raise the aspirations of young people, giving them someone to look up to and be inspired by, someone to help them make the most of their talents and abilities. Sue is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust. The work she does helps young people to develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling them to move into work, education or training. Sue encourages the young people to take responsibility for themselves – helping them build the life they choose rather than the one they’ve ended up with. Sue is also a representative for 1GOAL. This is a campaign seizing the power of football to get all children into school and learning. The vision is to help make education for all a reality. Sue also plays a major role in Lincoln Ladies’ commitment to the local community by promoting the benefits of leading a healthy and active lifestyle in schools and encouraging young people to choose lifelong participation in sport. Location: Place of Birth – Whiston, Merseyside Current Address - Rainhill, Merseyside Local County Sports Partnership - Merseyside County Sports Partnership