Sheila Parker

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Sheila Parker
Personal information
Full name Sheila Parker
Date of birth 1947 (age 71–72)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1965 Preston
St. Helens
National team
1972–1980 England
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2013

Sheila Parker (née Porter; born 1947)[1] is an English former international football defender. In November 1972 she captained the England women's national football team in their first official match, a 3–2 win over Scotland in Greenock. Parker was announced as an inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame in May 2013.[2]

Parker grew up in Chorley, Lancashire and played football with the boys at school. In June 1961, 13-year-old Parker played her first match for Dick, Kerr's Ladies.[3]

When the Women's Football Association (WFA) tasked Eric Worthington with constructing the first official England national team in 1972, he selected Parker as his captain after a series of trials. She was 24, already married and returning from the birth of her son earlier that year.

Parker, a centre half, retained the captaincy until 1976, when she was left out of the squad for a Home Nations tournament against Wales and Scotland. Carol Thomas assumed the captaincy. Parker returned to the team in November 1977, scoring the winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Italy at Plough Lane. Wendy Owen reported that her central defensive partner Parker played for England until 1980.[4]

In 1974 Parker helped Fodens, originally a works team from the Edwin Foden, Sons & Co. lorry manufacturing plant in Sandbach, shock Southampton in the final of the Women's FA Cup. Teammate Sylvia Gore recalled:[5]

England manager Martin Reagan selected veteran Parker in his squad for the 1984 European Competition for Women's Football final against Sweden. After her retirement as a player in 1984, Parker wanted to remain involved in football and trained as a referee under the Lancashire County Football Association.[6]


  1. ^ Lopez 1997, p. 12
  2. ^ "Sheila Parker Amongst Hall of Fame Newcomers". She Kicks. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  3. ^ O'Neill, Jen (5 July 2010). "Gillian Remembered". She Kicks. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  4. ^ Owen 2005, p. 54
  5. ^ Lopez 1997, p. 25
  6. ^ Lopez 1997, p. 199