Beth Mead

Bethany Jane Mead (born 9 May 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for the Women's Super League club Arsenal and the England national team. A creative and prolific forward, she has all-time most assists[3] and all-time second-most goal contributions in the WSL.[4] At UEFA Women's Euro 2022, She became the Golden Boot winner, Player of the Tournament, and top assist provider, leading England to win a major tournament for the first time.[5] Later that year, she was named BBC Women's Footballer of the Year[6] and finished runner-up for the Ballon d'Or[7] and UEFA Player of the Year Award.[8][9]

Beth Mead
Mead with England in 2022
Personal information
Full name Bethany Jane Mead[1]
Date of birth (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 27)
Place of birth Whitby, England[2]
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 9
Youth career
2005–2011 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2016 Sunderland 45 (31)
2017– Arsenal 102 (37)
National team
2010 England U15 2 (2)
2010 England U17 3 (2)
2012–2014 England U19 15 (5)
2014 England U20 3 (1)
2015–2017 England U23 5 (2)
2018– England 50 (29)
Honours
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23 October 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20:54, 11 October 2022 (UTC)

In 2015, Mead won the WSL Golden Boot and the WSL Player of the Year award,[10] becoming the youngest WSL Golden Boot winner at the age of 20. It was only a season after leading her then-club Sunderland's promotion and WSL 2 title win. Having scored 77 goals in 78 games,[11] she is regarded as one of the greatest players ever played for Sunderland.[12][13][14]

Converted to a winger at Arsenal, Mead holds numerous playmaking records in the WSL, including all-time most assists,[3] most assists in a season,[15] most chances created in a season,[16][17] and most chances created from open play in a season.[16] She was the WSL top assist provider for 2018–19 and 2021–22; second in 2020–21.[18] She was nominated for the 2021–22 WSL Player of the Season.[19] She won the 2018–19 WSL title with Arsenal.

In 2022, Mead broke Jimmy Greaves' 61-year-old record of the most goals scored in a season by an England player of either gender.[20] She helped England reach the semi-final at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, providing second most assists in the tournament.

Her autobiography, Lioness: My Journey to Glory (ISBN 9781399611671), was published in November 2022 and became a Sunday Times bestseller.[21]


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