Jill Scott – professional footballer for Manchester City and England
Jill grew up in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear and although a keen long-distance runner chose football and began her career with Sunderland Women. In October 2005, aged only 18 years, she won the Women's Player of the Month award for September, based on her performances for both her club and country (at under-19 level).
Jill joined Everton Ladies in July 2006 and at the end of 2007/08 season she picked up the FA Players' Player of the Year award. She made her debut for the England senior team against the Netherlands in August 2006.
She made the squad for the 2007 World Cup, coming on as a substitute in England's opening match against Japan. She went on to start the remainder of England's matches in the tournament, scoring her first international goal in the 6-1 win over Argentina.
Since then Jill has gone on to earn over 100 caps for her country – soon to become the 2nd highest capped lioness in history – and has been an ever present in the England set up or the last 10 years. She has competed in 3 European Championships and 4 World Cups – including this year's in France where she became England's most capped footballer in the World Cup Finals, overtaking Peter Shilton in the Quarter Final win against Cameroon – where she was voted player of the game by the BBC.
In the winter of 2013 Jill decided to leave Everton and signed a 2-year deal with Manchester City. During her time at Manchester City Women, Jill has scored their first ever goal in the Champions League, won the 'double' – FA Women's Super League & Continental Cup 2016/17 – and in 2019 added a further Continental Cup win to her honours list.
Jill has also enjoyed plenty of success at Wembley having scored in the 2017 FA Cup Final win and in 2019 played an important role in again winning the FA Cup in front of a crowd in excess of 43,000.