Player Profile: Hannah Blundell: She’s One of Our Own!

Hannah Blundell in action for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Image Credit: Chloe Knott via The FA.
  • Full Name: Hannah Jayne Blundell
  • DOB: 25 May 1994
  • Age: 26
  • Place of birth: Eastbourne, England
  • Height: 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
  • Current Squad: Chelsea WFC 
  • Playing Position: Defender

Hannah Blundell – Club Career

Hannah’s footballing career started when she was scouted for Brighton at the age of 10, also having a short spell at Chelsea before she went to play for Charlton. Hannah Blundell then returned to Chelsea at the age of 16. She won the Surrey County Cup final with the Chelsea Reserves team – a game in which she was named Player of the Match. 

Hannah then stepped up to the first team in 2013. She scored on her FA Women’s Super League debut against Birmingham with a strike from outside the box. Hannah immediately looked at home when playing for the first team, where she made nine appearances. 

Hannah mostly played at left-back, when Claire Rafferty had a long injury spell, despite Hannah’s stronger position on the right side. Not long after this Hannah got her preferred position playing as a full-back, where she shined.

Hannah Blundell in action for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Hannah Blundell in action for Chelsea. Image Credit: Chloe Knott via The FA.

Hannah was among the nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2015 after an impressive season the previous year, when she scored twice in 17 appearances. Hannah followed this nomination up by featuring in the majority of matches in our Double-winning campaign in 2015. Her excellent form saw Hannah recognised at the club’s End-of-Season Awards dinner. She and Millie Bright shared the Young Player of the Year award.

Hannah started seven matches during the shortened campaign at the start of 2017 and she 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, Hannah scored another goal during the 4-0 victory vs Reading in the second game of the Spring Series.

Hannah, who was incredible when we won the Double in 2017/18 and the consistency and quality of her displays were rewarded. This led to her selection in the PFA Women’s Team of the Year. In the 2018/19 season, Hannah made 29 appearances and netted four goals, with one of them being in our quarter-final 2-0 win against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Her left-footed stunner was voted ninth in the Women’s Champions League Goal of the Year.

Hannah was also selected in the 2018/19 PFA Women’s Super League Team of the Year by fellow players for a second consecutive season. In February 2020, Hannah signed a new contract that would keep her at the club until 2022 having been at Chelsea for ten years.

Blundell is nearing a return to full fitness.
Hannah Blundell in Chelsea training. Image Credit: Chelsea FCW Twitter via Getty Images.

Hannah Blundell: International Career

Hannah has featured regularly for the England Under-23s and she has represented England at the Under-20s World Cup in 2014 and the Under-19s European Championship in the previous year where England finished runner up losing to France in the final.

Hannah Blundell in action for England on debut.
Blundell in action for her national team. Image Credit: Lynne Cameron via The FA.

Hannah earned her first cap for England’s first time after several call-ups, spread over the best part of three years when Hannah came on as a sub in the final game of the 2018 SheBelieves Cup against the USA where England finished as runner up.

Strengths

  • Fast pace
  • Technically gifted
  • Excellent first touch
  • Influence on both ends of the pitch

Hannah Blundell: Personal Life

When Hannah was younger, she played for Polegate Grasshoppers in Eastbourne around the age of eight.

Hannah has said that when she was younger she was an “awful footballer” but instead of giving up her footballing career Hannah kept on training and playing and over time she has become an all-round great defender playing with the best players in the woman’s game.

Honours

Chelsea:

  • FA Women’s Super League: 2014/15, 2017/18, 2019/20
  • FA Spring Series: 2017
  • Women’s Football Association Cup: 2014/15, 2017/18
  • FA Community Shield: 2020
  • Football Association Continental Tyres Cup: 2019/20

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Written by Meg Aherne (@meggaherne)

Edited by Rob Pratley


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