Date of birth: 17 April 1987
Place of birth: Barnet
International: England senior
Trophies won at Chelsea: FA WSL 1 2015, FA Women’s Cup 2015, FA WSL Spring Series 2017
A pacy, skilful winger, Gemma Davison signed for Chelsea Ladies from Liverpool in 2014, instantly impressing with her speed and finishing ability as she struck a brace on her Chelsea debut in a win at Notts County.
She provided six more goals and many assists in her squad-high 26 appearances in 2015 as we lifted the Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Cup. Davison was integral throughout, often from a position wide on the right as she linked up to devastating effect with the likes of Eni Aluko, Ji So-Yun and Fran Kirby. A big FA Cup winner at her former club Arsenal stands out on our path to glory at Wembley.
Davison has also played for Liverpool and boasts experience of the Women’s Professional Soccer League in the USA, where she represented New York Magic and Buffalo Flash among others before returning to England.
Having played for England at Under-19, Under-21 and Under-23 level, Davison has earned senior recognition for the Lionesses and after a lengthy absence returned to the international fold following the 2015 World Cup.
Although the dazzling performances of the previous season were not on display as regularly throughout 2016, there were still plenty of occasions when she ran her full-back ragged and one individual goal against Reading was a reminder of the quality she possesses when committing defenders.
Davison was a regular for England as they booked a place at Euro 2017 and she scored her first goal for her country at the 12th time of asking in a 7-0 win over Serbia. Five minutes later it was followed by a second and only a dubiously awarded own-goal denied her an international hat-trick. Unfortunately, she missed out on selection for the tournament.
In September 2016, it was announced she had signed a new Chelsea contract until the summer of 2018 and after missing the early part of the Spring Series, she returned as a right wing-back and added another dangerous attacking outlet to the side. Although she did not find the back of the net in seven appearances, four of which from the start, she was involved in Fran Kirby’s goal in the final-day win over Birmingham which earned her a fourth league championship in the past five years.