CFCW Player Profile: Drew Spence – Evergreen Record Breaker

Drew Spence driving on the ball. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Drew Spence driving on the ball. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Drew Spence: An overview

  • Full name: Drew Spence 
  • Date of birth: 23rd October 1992  
  • Age: 28 
  • Place of Birth: London, England 
  • Height: 1.64m (5 ft 5 in) 
  • Current Squad: Chelsea WFC 
  • Position: Midfielder 
  • Number: 24 

Drew Spence: Club Career 

Gilly Flaherty, a Chelsea, and England teammate remembered playing with Drew Spence at the Arsenal Centre of Excellence which who Spence supports. She began her career with Fulham’s youth team before joining Chelsea in 2008. Chelsea reached the FA Women’s Cup final for the first time in 2012 but were defeated in a penalty shootout by Birmingham City after twice taking the lead in a 2–2 draw. Becky Spencer, unfortunately, saved Spence’s penalty. 

Chelsea secured their first major trophy in 2015, when they won the FA Women’s Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, which this was also Drew Spence’s first major trophy. In October 2015, Chelsea beat Sunderland 4–0 to win the FA WSL title for the first time and complete a League and Cup “double.” Spence signed a new two-year deal with Chelsea at the end of this season. Her excellent form in the 2015 season meant she was a regular in Emma Hayes‘ side as they won the Women’s FA Cup and in the FA WSL. 

Spence scored a brace in one of the first games of the season, as Chelsea defeated Bristol 4-0, Drew then made 24 appearances in 2015. She got her first taste of Champions League football in games against Glasgow City and Wolfsburg, in addition to playing a key role in the Double-winning campaign, Spence then signed a two-year deal with the club in November 2015, committing her long-term future to the club. 

She finished as Chelsea’s top scorer in all competitions over the course of the 2017 Spring Series with seven goals from 10 games, just four of which were starts. Her Chelsea debut was made ten years ago at the start of 2019, and the game against West Ham at the end of the season was a celebration of that, with her wearing the captain’s armband. Spence signed a new deal with Chelsea in 2020, which will keep her with the club until 2022 and is the longest serving player at the club, she has been at the club for 12 years.  

 
International Career 

Spence’s England career has been a noticeably short one with her only making two appearances for England which is a shame because a player of her talent deserves to play for her country. She received her first senior call-up for England in October 2015, as part of an under strength squad for the 2015 Yongchuan International Tournament. She then earned her first England cap on October 23, 2015, as a substitute in England’s 2–1 loss to China in Yongchuan. Spence has just been called up to the Jamacia “Reggae Girls” squad for the first time.  

Personal Life 

Her brother Lewis is also a footballer, he currently plays non-league football for Hornchurch FC who recently won the FA Trophy Final at Wembley. 

Drews Spence: Strengths 

  • Powerful 
  • Can play in multiple midfield positions 
  • Fantastic range of passing 
  • She offers a real aerial threat 
  • Great leader on and off the pitch 

 
Honours 

Chelsea 

  • FA Women’s Super League: 2015, 2017/18, 2019/20 
  • FA WSL Spring Series: 2017 
  • Women’s FA Cup: 2014/15, 2017/18 
  • Continental Tyres Cup: 2019/20, 2020/21 
  • Community Shield: 2020 

Written by Meg Aherne (@meggaherne)

Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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