Elizabeth

Claydon

Lizzy
Player

This player bio is currently being researched and will be completed during 2024.

Snapshot referenced from Penny Tanner’s book, No Longer A Gentleman’s Game. Printed 1991:

‘At 18 years of age, Lizzy, as she is almost always called, was the youngest member of the WA State Open soccer squad in the early 1990’s. Her soccer career started in 1988 with the Ascot Ferndale Soccer Club. During that first year of soccer, 1988, Lizzy was named in the Australian Junior under 16 squad from the National under 19 Championships hosted in Perth. 1989 and 1990 also brought with it selection for Australia at youth level from the Open Age/Senior Championships (WA failed to have enough players to provide a youth team for the Championships). From there she moved to Morley Windmills, in 1989 -1991. Morley Windmills was undefeated in 1991.

Being a hard, fast, aggressive and determined player, she is a tough prospect for any defender, from her preferred position of centre forward. This is her usual position at State level. Over the four years of her playing experience, her ball skills have improved enormously, especially as she is willing to give 100% all of the time.

Being a naturally athletic person, Lizzy can tackle most sports well, especially softball, which she often plays during the summer.’

Lizzy was capped at Optus Stadium in October 2023, when the Matildas played against the Philippines in their Paris 2024 Olympic qualifier. The ‘capping’ was part of Football Australia’s tidy up of all Matildas who had not yet received their caps and included Maria Hull (who represented South Australia), Sara King and Janice Stott, receiving their caps 20 years after first representing Australia.

Profile photo in green and gold (1995) courtesy Football Hall of Fame Western Australia.

Lizzy wearing the red and white of Stirling Vasto at Gibbney Reserve, Maylands. Photo courtesy Penny Tanner.

Capping ceremony at Optus Stadium (2023), courtesy Football Australia.

Black and white photo: Lizzy Claydon and Tracey Wheeler at Gibbney Reserve, Maylands mid 1990’s, courtesy Penny Tanner.

More to come!