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Laura Bassett
« on: March 06, 2007, 04:08:56 PM »
Birmingham City defender Laura Bassett -

England star to take up role in city

ONE of the country's best women football players is to start a job in Coventry helping to train the next generation of top players.

England defender Laura Bassett is to be coach at the Women's Football Development Centre at the city's Henley College.

She is currently on England duty but is expected to be ready to start her new job at the college in Henley Road, Bell Green, in two weeks' time.

Laura said: "I am delighted to be able to take up this opportunity at Henley College and it is a massive privilege to be asked to do this job.

"The football development centre here is well established and has a reputation for producing good players.

"There are now a number of very talented girls in the Coventry area who need such facilities to nurture them."

The college's head of leisure and professional studies Alan Shaw said: "She is a sports science graduate from Lough-borough University and a local which makes her an excellent role model for our young female footballers."

Laura played a key role in the England under-21s' recent victory over the USA.

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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2007, 12:01:36 AM »
Laura had an interview with Tony Leighton for the F.A. in advance of yesterday's game. Her analysis proved to be right as the Midland's Blues proved better than the London version in a 1-0 away win which lifts them well up the Premier League table.  She provided the pass for the goal too.

Blues on the up
by Tony Leighton
Friday, 07 December 2007.

Chelsea v Birmingham City
The FA Tesco Women's Premier League National Division
Sunday 9 December 2007

Birmingham City will be aiming to continue their climb up The FA Tesco Women’s Premier League table when they visit Chelsea on Sunday.

Back-to-back League wins for the first time this season have taken the Brummie Blues to within two points of the seventh-placed London Blues.

And Birmingham captain Laura Bassett is confident that her team can carry on the improvement they have shown following the low point of their season to date.

After an encouraging 1-1 draw with Everton they produced what Bassett admits was a dreadful performance in a 2-0 defeat at Doncaster Rovers Belles in late October.

“We were awful,” says the England defender. “We played the game at the Keepmoat Stadium, which was awesome, but a great occasion was spoiled by our performance.

“We really thought we’d got ourselves on track with a tremendous display against Everton – we should have won that game but they equalised in stoppage time.

“But after our horror show at Donny we had to re-focus, come together as a group and get our attitude and commitment spot-on to get ourselves out of a potential relegation fight.

“I think we’ve turned the corner with our wins against Cardiff and Blackburn, two big results for us, and we were disappointed last week’s game against Bristol was postponed.

“But we’re really looking forward to Sunday’s match and the chance to move ahead of Chelsea in the League table.

“It will be a tough game because Chelsea have got some great players in their side, including a number of senior and youth internationals.

“They signed several new players in the summer and probably haven’t gelled as quickly as they’d have liked, but they’ll certainly do that and they’ll be a very dangerous team. “Hopefully that can be the case with us too – we’re getting stronger as a squad with players coming back from injury and a greater competition for places.

“No-one’s guaranteed a place in the starting line-up, which is a better situation than the one we had early in the season when there weren’t too many players to select from.

“So all of us are on our toes, we’re more together and committed as a group and confidence is growing – and hopefully all that will show with another win on Sunday.”

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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2008, 05:33:28 PM »
Laura works hard, plays hard!
 
IT'S a fair bet that none of the current England football squad spend time between games pondering career options and how to make ends meet.

But the world of top-flight women's football, as exemplified by Warwickshire ace Laura Bassett, has none of the Ferraris and champagne celebrity lifestyle associated with the millionaire's playground of the men's game, Dropping in on the Birmingham City and England player on the nearest she gets to a 'normal' working day means being ushered into the pleasant but unremarkable office of transport logistics company Showpax, in the suburbs of Coventry.

Tucked away behind her desk in a corner of the room, Laura is polite and welcoming and taking time out for a media obligation can still cause something of a stir - and no doubt leads to some ribbing later on - among the tight-knit Showpax team.

Our chat takes place in the company canteen - certainly no swish wine bar or hotel lobby. At least there's no fee to be negotiated or security cordon of PR advisers to be hurdled. But a glance at Laura's football CV reveals a career that would be the envy of any young hopeful.

Originally the youngest member of an extraordinarily talented girls team in Bed-worth, Bassett was the last of a handful of players to be recruited by a Coventry side playing at a more competitive level.

It was only a matter of time before the youngster's talent was recognised by Birmingham, the biggest women's club in the region and the only West Midlands side currently playing in the top level of the English game. But there was much more to come from the Bulkington girl, whose achievements have made her something of a celebrity in her home village and the wider area.

After establishing herself as a key player for Birmingham at a young age, still only 24 she is now captain and inspiration for the Redditch-based Blues. She also went on to become the first full international in the club's history when she came off the substitutes bench to make her England debut in a friendly in Italy in February 2003.

Such success stemmed from a single-minded dedication to being the best, including fitting work opportunities around football commitments and sticking religious-ly to a personal fitness plan and diet compiled by the England women's team management. As well as missing out on many of the excesses most young professionals indulge in to unwind, the constant focus on her playing career has left Bassett at a crossroads when it comes to her working life.

"I want to move away from football in my working life," says Bassett, in contrast to many of her peers who dream of earning a living from the game. "It will be particularly important when I end my playing career.

"At the moment the self-employed football coaching I do is the easiest work to fit around my commitments with Birmingham and England. If I had a full-time job I would need a very sympathetic boss!"

Laura spends each Monday and Wednesday evening and Saturday morning coaching Birmingham City centre of excellence youth teams as well as devoting evenings to working with Warwick University's women's team. Add (unpaid) training and commitments with Birmingham on Tuesday and Thursday nights and all day Sundays and there is little time left away from football.

But Laura has the most sympathetic of bosses at Showpax - where she is paid to work one day a week for Birmingham City Ladies and is called in to provide admin support for the business during its busiest autumn conferencing season. The business is owned by Steve Shipway who himself doubles up as chairman of Birmingham City Ladies!

"I would like to get work away from the game because I want to have football as a fix after a bad day at the office," adds Laura. "If you are involved in football 24/7 as I am at the moment it's difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel when things aren't going so well. I'm having to juggle a lot of things at the moment and you try and keep everyone happy and end up making everyone unhappy!"

The week of the interview is a case in point with Laura preparing to dash off to be fitness tested by the England hierarchy after being called up for a week-long training camp in La Manga on the back of a weekend FA Cup trip to Sunderland.

Fortunately the Birmingham captain has her family to offer her an escape from it all - she lives at home with dad Keith and mum Marie.

"I've lived in Bulkington for 24 years and most of my family live there or in the neighbouring villages," she adds. "I spend a lot of my playing and training time in Birmingham and it's nice to have a 45-minute drive back to my village to unwind.

"I love Bulkington because my family and I know a lot of people that live there and people know who I am and will stop me and ask how my football is going. It's nice because it shows they want me to do well."

It's a far cry from a summer spent playing in the US with W-League side the New York Magic. "It was a wonderful experience," recalls the England defender. "I felt like I was walking around speechless with my eyes open because it was so different from what I was used to.

"You can't imagine what the place is like until you are there, it may sound corny but it seems like no-one ever sleeps there, the city is on the go for 24 hours a day.

"A lot of it seems familiar because you have seen it so often on the TV but it would have worn me out if I was living there. When I'm away I miss my country lifestyle."

With career on her mind, Birmingham will be hoping their undoubted star player's talk of her post-football future is premature. Bassett showed her character on numerous occasions in the past 12 months and is the heartbeat of her club.

She bounced back from the crushing disappointment of missing out on the England team selected for this summer's World Cup in China to force her way back into England manager Hope Powell's thoughts.

Throughout all she has continued to act as one of the best ambassadors for the women's game, always ready to offer encouragement to aspiring young players, to sign autographs and quick to respond to media requests.

Most impressively, she moved players and fans by captaining the side in a vital win over Cardiff City just hours after attending the funeral of her much-loved uncle Roger Bassett.

That sort of loyalty and devotion should mean potential employers will be beating a path to her door and with the interview wrapped up she is back to work upstairs sorting out mailshots, databases and the like, a refreshing counterpoint to the ego-driven superstars of a men's game.

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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2008, 01:20:59 PM »
As reported in another thread, Laura signed for Arsenal at the end of last week.

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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2008, 03:25:01 PM »
Has she actually signed yet?..theres nothing on the arsenal website and Fairgame dont know nothing..
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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2008, 01:43:25 AM »
Arsenal.com have at least given details about Community Shield.

Don't expect too much at once ;)
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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2008, 07:17:00 AM »
True it tok them a month to put Nasri's transfer

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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2008, 07:53:56 AM »
http://www.fgmag.com/news/index.php?&newsmode=FULL&nid=5271

Following the departure of defenders Mary Phillip and Anita Asante from Arsenal, the Gunners have brought in England international centre-back Laura Bassett from Birmingham City.

Birmingham chairman Steve Shipway has paid a glowing tribute to his departing captain, after the skipper's decision to opt for a dream move to the champions;

"Laura's contribution to this club cannot be overstated. She has been an influential player, a real leader, and a terrific ambassador for Birmingham City Ladies and the women's game in general.

"We are grateful to Laura for everything she has done for us and would like to wish her well at her new club."

New Blues Ladies manager Stuart Wilson is currently tracking a number of targets, having seen England U19 right-back Chelsea Weston join National Division rivals Doncaster Rovers Belles.

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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2008, 09:54:22 AM »
it will be on the Arsenal website by Christmas.. ;D
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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2008, 01:26:55 PM »
True it tok them a month to put Nasri's transfer

You are certainly not the first person I’ve heard say the website is slow in updating us with the latest breaking news regarding the club.  In reality, it is slightly different as the club has a clear policy not to comment on speculation. 

Only when a player has officially signed will you have the website and press office confirm the transfer having been done.

So Shji, the reason why Nasri’s signing was not confirmed until last Friday was simply because the signing had not been completed until then.  Gary Lewin, the Arsenal physio, recently confirmed that during his reign a number of players had agreed to join the club but have subsequently failed medicals.  Nobody knows the players who failed medicals because of Arsenal’s policy, which is good.

Why you probably thought Nasri had already signed with the club was due to the constant speculation over the summer.  Due to various interviews with the player and his agent, it was just a case of finalising the small details before completion of the deal.  The funny thing was the player had confirmed the Arsenal transfer on his own personal website before retracting it and his agent confirming nothing had been signed.

In terms of Arsenal Ladies, it is fair to say the communication lines are not the best.  It is probably due to a number of reasons.

As no transfer fees are involved it is usually just a case of Vic speaking with the player, its not until Vic informs the relevant people at the club do they in turn report it on the website.

It’s not to say they don’t break news as the signings of Karen Carney and Katie Chapman were both first revealed on the Arsenal website.

Anyway, it is great to see that Steve Shipway has confirmed the arrival of Laura to the cub. Hopefully she'll enjoy her time at the club and pick up silverware along the way.

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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2008, 01:30:44 PM »
I'm not a great Bassett fan tbh, but think she will be a very useful addition to the squad..she's played with Faye and Alex for England at the back, so hopefully will slot in quickly to the Arsenal style of play and erase from her memory the Birmingham 'push and push' style of play.. ;D
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« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2008, 02:54:16 PM »
True it tok them a month to put Nasri's transfer

You are certainly not the first person I’ve heard say the website is slow in updating us with the latest breaking news regarding the club.  In reality, it is slightly different as the club has a clear policy not to comment on speculation. 

Only when a player has officially signed will you have the website and press office confirm the transfer having been done.

So Shji, the reason why Nasri’s signing was not confirmed until last Friday was simply because the signing had not been completed until then.  Gary Lewin, the Arsenal physio, recently confirmed that during his reign a number of players had agreed to join the club but have subsequently failed medicals.  Nobody knows the players who failed medicals because of Arsenal’s policy, which is good.

Why you probably thought Nasri had already signed with the club was due to the constant speculation over the summer.  Due to various interviews with the player and his agent, it was just a case of finalising the small details before completion of the deal.  The funny thing was the player had confirmed the Arsenal transfer on his own personal website before retracting it and his agent confirming nothing had been signed.

In terms of Arsenal Ladies, it is fair to say the communication lines are not the best.  It is probably due to a number of reasons.

As no transfer fees are involved it is usually just a case of Vic speaking with the player, its not until Vic informs the relevant people at the club do they in turn report it on the website.

It’s not to say they don’t break news as the signings of Karen Carney and Katie Chapman were both first revealed on the Arsenal website.

Anyway, it is great to see that Steve Shipway has confirmed the arrival of Laura to the cub. Hopefully she'll enjoy her time at the club and pick up silverware along the way.

As you said, his official website stated very early that the transfer was sealed. Even the marseille manager gerets was talking about replacing nasri very early but it's well known that due to
tax reason the transfer has been put on next season accounting period hence the delay in announcement.

I think the ladies are not really a priority on the arsenal website but they do tend be slow to update things on stats. Fixtures announcement has improved a lot as couple of years ago, you wouldn't have found the news of a postponed game.

I still think they should put the date and place of the friendlies especially with new arrival like Basset and Ross, those games should be interesting to watch, I definitely will attend the Sunday  one and maybe a midweek game or two.

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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2008, 05:49:31 PM »
As you said, his official website stated very early that the transfer was sealed. Even the marseille manager gerets was talking about replacing nasri very early but it's well known that due to
tax reason the transfer has been put on next season accounting period hence the delay in announcement.

What apparently happened was he agreed to join Arsenal in principal but a few odds and ends needed to be ironed out.  Also, no transfer is complete until the medical has been passed, which due to Nasri being on holiday, was only taken at the end of last week. The tax issue was mentioned on a lot of fan websites but not sure if that was true.

I think the ladies are not really a priority on the arsenal website but they do tend be slow to update things on stats. Fixtures announcement has improved a lot as couple of years ago, you wouldn't have found the news of a postponed game.

I still think they should put the date and place of the friendlies especially with new arrival like Basset and Ross, those games should be interesting to watch, I definitely will attend the Sunday  one and maybe a midweek game or two.

I assume the communication between the web editors and the Arsenal Ladies office is what is causing the lack of info as it happens.

The stats for the reserve and youth team takes roughly the same time in updating so I don’t think they are singling out the Arsenal Ladies team. I think the Arsenal men first team is the priority and then everything else is given around the same priority.

As for friendly matches, they did use to list dates and times of all pre-season friendly matches a few years ago and also post up an article to boast attandance. I again think it is a communication issue. Obviously both the Ladies office and the web team are not operating at 100 per cent during this period, which might explain it.

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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2008, 12:34:05 AM »
I still think they should put the date and place of the friendlies especially with new arrival like Basset and Ross, those games should be interesting to watch, I definitely will attend the Sunday  one and maybe a midweek game or two.
Who is Ross?  :-\
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Re: Laura Bassett - one for the future
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2008, 01:21:43 PM »
..didnt realise she was so old............... :(
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« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2008, 02:31:33 AM »
I still think they should put the date and place of the friendlies especially with new arrival like Basset and Ross, those games should be interesting to watch, I definitely will attend the Sunday  one and maybe a midweek game or two.
Who is Ross?  :-\
Sorry - Natalie Ross.  ;D
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« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2008, 10:56:59 PM »
Something strange happened because Laura was the number one center back, holding the defense together until the Cup game versus Everton and then simply disappeared from the team and find herself as 4th choice as center back  ??? It's true that Ciara and Yvonne had been performing well while she was not around but Laura had such a great start of the season, I am at loss to understand how she has fallen behind everyone in the pecking order?

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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2008, 12:48:54 AM »
She's played well when I've seen her, but now on the bench  :'(
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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2008, 08:10:16 PM »
I think Harry is a better option than Tracy, but I also want to see Faye in there as well
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Re: Laura Bassett
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2008, 02:50:10 AM »
Laura recently had an injury
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