Clare Wheatley

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Clare Wheatley
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-02-04) 4 February 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth London, England
Playing position Wing back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1993 Sheffield Wednesday
1993–1995 Arsenal Ladies
1995–2001 Arsenal Ladies
2004–2005 Arsenal Ladies
National team
1996 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Clare Wheatley (born 4 February 1971) is a football administrator and former player for Arsenal Ladies who played as a wing back.[1]

Playing career

Wheatley started playing football at her grammar school before the school banned its pupils from playing football. When she was studying to be a Physical Education teacher at Sheffield City Polytechnic, she joined Sheffield Wednesday Ladies.[2] In 1993, she played for Chelsea Ladies. In 1995, after a successful training camp, she joined Arsenal Ladies and was reminded by manager Vic Akers "Arsenal Ladies is not a social club".[2] A year later she made her debut for the England women's national football team as a substitute.[2] In 1997, she suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in a match against Millwall Lionesses, which meant she could not play for a whole season nor do her job as a PE teacher, but she returned in 1998.[2] Following her return, she did not receive another England call-up.[2] In 2001, following an injury playing against Doncaster Belles, Wheatley was forced to retire.[3] In 2004, she came out of retirement to play two more seasons for Arsenal before again retiring from playing in 2005.[2]


During Wheatley's time injured in 1997, Akers had been appointed as kitman for Arsenal, so she could take over his role as club development officer.[2][4] When she had to give up playing, she remained as the club's development officer. In 2014, when Akers retired, Wheatley succeeded him as the General Manager of Arsenal Ladies.[5]


  1. ^ "Clare Wheatley". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Players: Clare Wheatley". Women's Football Archive. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  3. ^ "Arsenal see off Belles again". BBC Sport. 2001-08-26. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  4. ^ Magowan, Alistair (2007-09-20). "Women's game struggles to recruit". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  5. ^ "Vic Akers is handed new role at Arsenal Ladies as Clare Wheatley becomes general manager". Islington Tribune. 2014-08-22. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
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