Name: Millie Bright
- DOB: 21/8/93
- Age: 27
- Place of birth: Killamarsh, England
- Height: 1.78 m/5 ft 10 in
- Current squad: Chelsea WFC and England National Team
Millie was born in Killamarsh and she spent her early days as a footballer playing for Doncaster Rovers Belles and the now-defunct Leeds United side.
Millie was sometimes used as a striker but her preferred position is a central defender and her performances with the Belles in the second tier of the FA Women’s Super League were more than enough to convince Emma Hayes. Paul Green who is currently Chelsea’s assistant manager had managed Millie when she played for Doncaster Belles and he played a key role in convincing her to join the west Londoners.
In December 2014, Millie signed with Chelsea ahead of the 2015 WSL season and Chelsea finished in first place during the regular season with 10 wins, 2 draws, and only 2 losses record and qualified for the 2016/17 UEFA Women’s Champions League for the second time in the team’s history. Millie made fourteen appearances for Chelsea during the 2015 season tallying a total of 906 minutes. By the end of her first campaign with the club, she had won both the WSL and Women’s FA Cup, featuring in 26 of a possible 28 fixtures and making her debut in the Champions League.
Millie went from strength to strength in her second campaign at Chelsea, where she started more matches than any other player and she excelled in a number of different roles. She sometimes was asked to play in a midfield role, at centre-half or in a full-back position where she plays most often, Millie’s form never faltered and this was recognised by the other players as she was voted the Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year to go along with the Young Player of the Year award she won.
Currently, the club’s Vice-Captain just behind Magdalena Eriksson who is our current captain, Mille received the vice captainship when Karen Carney was made captain after Katie Chapman retired. This August Millie committed her future to play at Chelsea when she signed a contract extension that would keep her at the club until 2023.
Like all the Chelsea women’s players, Millie has a chant that the Chelsea Women’s supporter’s group came up with which they love to sing very loud home and away. Millie’s chant is “Always look on the Bright side of life”. This chant is super catchy and when reminded you could be signing it for days. This season Millie scored one of the most spectacular goals for a defender in the Community Shield versus Manchester City, where she was instrumental to stop City from scoring. So far his season Millie has made 238 successful passes more than any other player in the whole league.
Millie has represented England in a number of youth national teams, including the Lionesses under-23 squad, and in June 2016, she scored a penalty against the United States during the final game of the Nordic Cup. Ex-National team coach Mark Sampson gave Millie, her first Lionesses appearance in a 2-0 win against Belgium when she replaced Karen Carney in midfield as a last-minute substitute, but it is in the backline where she has shone for both club and country.
In February 2019, Millie sadly was pulled out of the England squad for the SheBelieves Cup due to an injury and in May 2019, Millie was selected for that year’s World Cup, where England finished 4th. Millie played 2 of the 3 group matches as well as in the Round of 16, Quarter Final, and Semi-Final. She was sent off in the 2–1 semifinal loss to the United States after receiving a second yellow card. Millie is yet to score a goal for England, I’m sure that it won’t be long until it happens.
Millie has had such an immediate impact in an England shirt that she was the only player to start every match at Euro 2017, despite making her debut just 10 months earlier. Millie has struck up a fantastic centre-back relationship with captain Steph Houghton which is definitely England’s best defensive pairing and Millie and Steph racked up 12 clean sheets in the 20 matches they have started next to each other.
Millie has a really close relationship with her Grandad Arthur who she says is one of the two men, the other being John Terry to help mold her career to the player she is today. Millie has said that her Grandad always said to her that “If you are going in for a ball you go in 100 percent, never go in half-hearted”. Millie’s Grandad is her most loyal fan, with her whole family following her wherever she goes and they were at every game during last year’s World Cup. Millie’s Grandad has always gone to all of Millie’s matches throughout her career and he gives her honest feedback even when she has a bad game which has definitely improved her play and made her into the player she is today.
- Strong defensively
- Steps up to be a great captain when needed
- Great tackler
- Scores some beauties
- FA WSL 2 runner-up: 2014
- FA Community Shield: 2020
- FA WSL Spring Series: 2017
- FA WSL: 2015, 2017–18, 2019–20
- FA Women’s Cup: 2015, 2018
- FA Continental Tyres Cup, 2019-20
- Vauxhall England Young Player of the Year: 2016
Written by Meg Aherne @meggaherne
Edited by Jai Mcintosh @jjmcintosh5 & Robert Pratley @RJPJournalism