Katie Chapman - Captain
Date of birth: 15 June 1982
Place of birth: London
International: England Under-18, England senior
Trophies won at Chelsea: FA WSL 2015, FA Women’s Cup 2015, FA WSL Spring Series 2017
Katie Chapman is one of the most decorated players in the women’s game and has represented England at two World Cups and three European Championships.
A talented, tough-tackling defensive midfielder, she moved to Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2014, and captained the Blues to FA WSL and FA Cup glory in her second season at the club.
Chapman’s career began at Millwall Lionesses and she went on to play for both Fulham and Charlton prior to joining Arsenal in 2004. Her maiden season in north London ended with a four-trophy haul as the Gunners secured a domestic treble and triumphed in the UEFA Women’s Cup.
After a season-long spell with US-based Chicago Red Stars in 2010, she returned for a second stint at Arsenal and added further trophies to her ever-expanding collection.
Chapman made her England debut in 2000, aged just 17, and had earned in excess of 90 caps by the end of the 2016 season.
In 2002 she scored her first goal on the international stage in a World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands. She has since represented England at five major tournaments including the 2015 FIFA World Cup in Canada, where Mark Sampson’s side enjoyed a breakthrough campaign. She started five of England’s matches, culminating in their 1-0 victory over Germany in the third-place play-off.
She is a two-time winner of the FA International Player of the Year award – in 2002 and 2010 – and also won the FA Young Player of the Year prize in 1999 and 2001.
She was brought to Chelsea by manager Emma Hayes, who had worked with the player previously, and was immediately given the captain’s armband due to her experience and unquestionable leadership qualities.
A new-look team took the title race right to the wire in her first season at the club, but defeat at Manchester City on the final day meant we narrowly missed out due to an inferior goal difference.
In the following 2015 campaign, however, Hayes’s side produced incredible levels of consistency to secure the Double, the first trophies in the club’s history. Chapman lifted the first of those – the FA Women’s Cup – in August 2015 courtesy of a 1-0 win over Notts County at Wembley.
In the league, meanwhile, the Blues started strongly and went from strength to strength as the season progressed, with their captain a regular in central midfield. The title was secured in early October after a 4-0 win over Sunderland and Chapman, who won the Player of the Year award for her integral role in a memorable campaign, held her second trophy of the season aloft.
She continued to lead the defending champions during a year of domestic and European football for the club. There were moments of agony for the side as Chelsea finished runners-up in the league and Chapman was the losing captain against her former team as Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in the 2016 FA Cup Final at Wembley.
Yet there were also moments which sent Staines into ecstasy on that run, most notably Chapman scoring two powerful headers in a spirited comeback against Notts County. It was a true captain’s performance and though she eventually finished the season with a tally of five, it was her influence on the group which continued to mark her out as arguably our key player. Millie Bright, in particular, cites Chapman as her role model and has credited the skipper with improving her game.
A third trophy as Chelsea Ladies captain was lifted by Chapman at the end of the Spring Series in 2017, and she was at her typical imperious best in the midfield throughout the campaign. She skippered the side in each of her nine appearances, netting her only goal in a Women’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Doncaster in our opening match of the season.