Claire Rafferty

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  • Retired football player

  • Chelsea FC: Partnership Sales Manager

  • Former Footballer: Chelsea FC, West Ham United and England

  • Team GB Olympian

  • Former Deutsche Bank Financial Analyst

Claire Rafferty was a hugely experienced defender in the WSL, having recently just retired from West Ham United. She is Chelsea’s longest-serving player and has played at the World Cup and Olympic Games for England and Team GB respectively.

Claire joined Chelsea in 2007 and in May 2012 was part of the Blues team beaten on penalties in the FA Cup final by Birmingham City. In her final season at Chelsea, Claire won her second domestic double before announcing her transfer to WSL side West Ham in June 2018.

She was part of the Team GB squad which reached the quarter-finals at the 2012 London Olympics.

In 2015 Claire won the WSL title and the 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 alongside her playing career held down a part-time job as a financial analyst for Deutsche Bank from 2012. Having recently retired at the end of last season, Claire has taken up her new role of Partnership Sales Manager at former home club Chelsea FC.

Claire has appeared on BT Sport, Sky Sports News, talkSPORT, TRT World, BBC 5Live and Yahoo Sports.

Contact Claire Rafferty’s agent:

“Tongue Tied Media have helped me considerably in the last few years by supporting my goals and enhancing my skills to achieve them. In hand, my self-confidence and belief has increased dramatically allowing me to broaden my aspirations.”


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