A graduate from our Centre of Excellence, Hannah Blundell has played her part in each of Chelsea Women’s trophy triumphs in recent years.
Having joined Chelsea at the age 16 after spells with Brighton and Charlton, Blundell won the Surrey County Cup final with the reserves, a game in which she was named player of the match.
She stepped up to the first team in 2013 and scored on her FA Women’s Super League debut against Birmingham with a fine strike from outside the box.
More importantly, she immediately looked at home at the highest level of the English game, making nine appearances and predominantly playing at left-back during Claire Rafferty's lengthy injury lay-off despite being naturally right-sided.
A move to her preferred position of right-back followed and she continued to display all the attributes expected of a modern full-back: technically proficient, blessed with a fine first touch and with the pace and athleticism to influence proceedings at both ends of the pitch.
Blundell was among the nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2015 after a fine season the previous year, when she scored twice in 17 appearances.
She followed this up by featuring in the majority of matches in our Double-winning campaign in 2015. Her partnership with Gemma Davison down the right-hand side was one of the team's most potent attacking outlets and she was part of a back four which led the league in clean sheets. Such form was recognised in the club’s end-of-year awards dinner where she shared the Young Player of the Year award with Millie Bright.
Such form was recognised in the club’s end-of-year awards dinner as she shared the Young Player of the Year award with Millie Bright. She was also called into the senior England squad for a post-season tour of China. Although a debut eluded Blundell on that occasion, she has featured regularly for the Under-23s and represented her country at the Under-20s World Cup in 2014 and the Under-19s European Championship the previous year.
Blundell remained our first-choice right-back throughout the 2016 season, starting 20 matches, and she began the new year by signing a new two-year contract and earning another call-up to the England squad.
She started seven matches during the shortened campaign at the start of 2017 and ended a long scoreless run by netting twice in a 5-1 win over Sunderland in the Women’s FA Cup. Having rediscovered her touch in front of goal, Blundell added another by putting the finishing touch on our 4-0 victory at Reading in the second game of the Spring Series.
Blundell, who was superb as we won the Double in 2017/18, was rewarded for the consistency and quality of her displays when she signed a new contract at the club towards the end of the campaign, which ended with the player adding two medals to her collection.
Blundell was superb as we won the Double in 2017/18, earning her first cap for England in the process after several call-ups, spread over the best part of three years, when she came on as a sub in the final game of the 2018 SheBelieves Cup against the USA.
The consistency and quality of her displays was rewarded in two ways; having been selected by her peers in the PFA Women’s Team of the Year, she then signed a new contract with the club towards the end of a campaign which ended with the player adding two more medals to her growing collection.