BELLE of the BALL.Gillian Coulthard describes herself as the Bryan Robson
Bryan Robson OBE (born 11 January, 1957 in Chester-le-Street, County Durham) is an English football manager and former player. of women's football Women's football can mean one of the following:
Robson ended his top class playing career as a double winner at Manchester United and Gillian is aiming to say farewell Verb 1. say farewell - say good-bye or bid farewell
greet, recognise, recognize - express greetings upon meeting someone
usher out, dismiss - end one's encounter with somebody by causing or permitting the person to leave; "I was dismissed after I gave my in similar fashion.
The stage may be a smaller but, at 32, she is the Captain Marvel The original code name for Microsoft Network. of women's football, captaining Doncaster Belles and England. Now she reckons this season could be her last and wants to mark it with a Cup and League double and her 100th cap.
Gillian signed for the Belles as a 13-year-old schoolgirl and was called into the England squad the same year.
Now, 19 seasons later, she says: "This could be the last time around for me, so I want to make it a good one.
"When I was young I modelled myself on Steve Coppell Stephen James Coppell (born 9 July 1955 in Norris Green, Liverpool) is the manager of Reading Football Club. As a player, he was a highly-regarded winger who won domestic honours with Manchester United and represented England at the World Cup before injury cut short his career. but as time has gone on you could say I've become the women's equivalent of Robson.
"He was always in the scruff of it, making tackles and then scoring a goal at the other end, and that's my type of game."
Gillian played her first international at 18, and was the first woman to score a goal at Wemley for England against Northern Ireland Northern Ireland: see Ireland, Northern.
Part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland occupying the northeastern portion of the island of Ireland. Area: 5,461 sq mi (14,144 sq km). Population (2001): 1,685,267. eight years ago.
It has made the Coultard name famous enough to require an X-directory number but she has never made a penny out of it.
"I do feel a bit aggrieved ag·grieved
1. Feeling distress or affliction.
2. Treated wrongly; offended.
3. Law Treated unjustly, as by denial of or infringement upon one's legal rights. when men can earn in one week what it takes me a year to make in my day job. When I look at the money, I wish I was a man," she says.
"Far from making anything, football's cost me a fortune. We even pay pounds 25 subs with the Belles as well as doing a lot of fundraising
Gillian, a production worker with the hi-fi company Pioneer, has refused several offers to turn pro with European clubs. "The first was from Italy when I was 17 and that was just too young," she admits. "There were others from Italy and Finland later but I thought that if it went wrong I would be back with no job.
"But it was a mistake, I should have given it a chance."
Gillian, the youngest of eight children, started playing on the park in Thorne, near Doncaster and was recommended to the Doncaster Belles by her PE teacher.
"Last season was good, I scored 17 goals. I was Players Player of the Year and got the supporters award. If this season is my last, I'd like to finish on a high note."