Claire Rafferty

  • Footballer: Chelsea and England
  • Team GB Olympian
  • Deutsche Bank Financial Analyst
  • Channel 4 F ootball Co-Comms

Claire Rafferty is Chelsea’s longest-serving player and a hugely experienced defender having played at the World Cup and Olympic Games.

Claire joined Chelsea in 2007 and in May 2012 was part of the Blues team that were beaten on penalties in the FA Cup final by Birmingham City. Chelsea are currently top of the FAWSL and competing in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Later that summer she was part of the Team GB squad which reached the quarter-finals at the London Olympics.

In 2015 Claire won the FA WSL title and the Women’s FA Cup with Chelsea. As the club’s longest-server, she was invited to join captain Katie Chapman in lifting both trophies.

Claire has represented England since Under-15s level, making her senior debut against Austria in March 2010. In 2011 she was named in the World Cup squad where she made her World Cup debut in the quarter-final penalty-shootout defeat to France.

In 2015 she was the first-choice left back in the England side which won Bronze at the World Cup in Canada.

Outside of football, Claire has an economics degree from Loughborough University, and has held down a part-time job as a financial analyst for Deutsche Bank since 2012 alongside her playing career.

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Pictures courtesy of Donna Newberry