CLAIRE RAFFERTY

Date of birth: 11/01/1989
Birthplace: Orpington
Nationality: English
Position: left-back/left midfield
Squad number: 3
Previous clubs: Millwall

Claire was introduced to football when her brother asked her to play in goal and once she'd had a taste for the game there was no turning back.

Her first team was Kent Magpies, who she joined aged only 10, before moving on to Millwall to play for their Under 12s.

It wasn't until 2007 that Claire joined Chelsea, where her speed and accurate left-foot became a vital part of the starting line-up.



Favourite colour:
Blue
Favourite song: Rihanna- We Found Love
Favourite TV programme: Friends
Favourite movie and why: Who Framed Roger Rabbit because I think it's funny - its half cartoon, half normal!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a doctor.

What superpower would you have and why?
I'd love to be able to fly because I hate driving.

What piece of advice would you have for aspiring female footballers?
Train hard and practice a lot.

When did you start playing football and why?
I started when I was about seven because my brother needed someone to go in goal in the garden.

When did you realise you could play at this level?
After I progressed through the age groups at Millwall.

What are your strengths on the pitch?
Speed and crossing the ball.

What are your strengths off the pitch?
I'm a caring person and can be funny at times.

What are your hobbies outside of football?
I love to cook.

What's your most memorable moment playing for Chelsea Ladies?
Scoring the winning goal against my old club.


Career Highlight:

Claire has represented England at Under 17, Under 19, Under 20 and Under 23 level, and made her debut for the senior side in the 2010 European Championship clash against Austria.


Follow Claire on Twitter @Clrafferty1.