Carly Telford

Personal information

  • Name

    Carly Mitchell Telford
  • Date of birth

    7 July 1987 (age 34)
  • Birthplace

    Newcastle, England
  • Height

    1.74m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Weight

    63 kg
  • Position

  • Number



Goalkeeper Carly Telford re-joined Chelsea in May 2017, having previously played for the Blues between 2011 and 2013. 

The experienced goalkeeper had previously reiterated her credentials to Emma Hayes after signing a short-term deal for the Spring Series, when she stood in for former Blue, Hedvig Lindahl, who was injured. Telford helped us to the trophy after conceding only three times in the shortened league campaign. A new two-year contract was more than merited and since returning to the club she has provided important competition in the goalkeeping position.

The 33-year-old began her career with spells at Sunderland, in her native North-East, and Leeds United before signing for Chelsea in 2011. She captained the Blues in the 2012 FA Cup final, which we lost to Birmingham City on penalties. During her time with the club Telford also gained experience further afield when she had a loan spell with Australian club Perth Glory, but she left at the end of 2013 to join Notts County. The highlight of her time with the Lady Pies was playing in the first Women’s FA Cup final held at Wembley Stadium, when Notts were beaten by Chelsea.

England manager Phil Neville is certainly a fan of the player who made her Lionesses debut in 2007, offering her plenty of opportunities to play. Telford has been part of three World Cup squads, most recently at France 2019 when she made her World Cup debut in a 1-0 win over Argentina. She also stepped in for the injured Karen Bardsley against the USA in the World Cup semi-final. Telford was also selected for the 2017 European Championship squad.

During her first full campaign back with the club, following Lindahl’s return to full fitness, Telford continued to make a big contribution and she made a total of 10 appearances in all competitions, keeping six clean sheets. In the 2018/19 season her consistency was evident having kept 10 clean sheets out of 14 appearances in all competitions.

Telford has a lot to offer, she is great with the ball at her feet, agile and definitely has a wonder save in her locker.

Telford extended her stay with the Blues in February 2021, signing a new contract until June 2022. As part of the new deal, the goalkeeper also took up a part-time coaching role for the 2021/22 campaign to continue her development, offering support and training to our Under-16 and Under-18 goalkeepers.

After being part of the Chelsea squad that won the WSL and the Continental League Cup in the 2020/21 campaign, Telford was selected in the Team GB squad for the Tokyo Olympics.