Julie Clayton

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 29 September 1957
Place of Birth: Yorkshire, England
Position: Midfield

Club Summary

Club Games Goals
Tricolore (1973-1975)
Ascot (1976-1987)
Ferndale (1988)
Gosnells City (1995)
Lynwood (2000)

International Summary

Games Goals
Australia 'A' (1979) 2 0
Australia 'B' (1978) 5 0

Career Brief

Julie Clayton is one of the pioneers of women's football in Australia. A versatile attacker, she was part of West Australia’s first State teams and a member of Australia’s initial forays into the international arena. Born in England, Clayton never left the house without a ball at her feet and, having immigrated to Perth in 1970, jumped at the chance to play in Tricolore's first women's team.

Clayton found instant success with Tricolore, winning the league's Fairest and Best award in her first season. This was followed in 1974 by the competition's top goal scorer trophy and a place in the State team for the 1974 national championship in Sydney. In 1976 she commenced a 12-year association with Ascot, collecting a league champions medal in 1977 when she was vice-captain for the State teams' history-making visit to Malaysia.

In September 1978 Clayton played her part in Western Australia claiming the national championship. A month later was one of seven Perth girls that represented Australia at the World Women's Invitational Tournament in Taiwan where Clayton turned out against representative teams from Austria, the United States of America, Sweden, Denmark and Thailand.

After winning the 1979 league championship with Ascot, Clayton again donned State colours at the national championship. Her performances at the tournament were rewarded by a starting spot for Australia's first two 'A' internationals against New Zealand during October. Clayton won two further league titles with Ascot before spells with Ferndale - where she picked up a second league Fairest and Best award - Gosnells City and Lynwood.

The Australian Government recognised Clayton's contribution to women's football in 2000 presenting her with an Australian Sport Medal.

Matildas Game by Game

Date Opponent (Venue) Result Status Comments
11.10.1978 Austria Select (Taipei City) 1-0 (won) 'B' game Started
13.10.1978 United States of America (Taipei City) 1-1 (draw) 'B' game Started
15.10.1978 Sweden Select (Taipei City) 0-1 (loss) 'B' game Started
??.10.1978 Denmark Select (Taipei City) 0-0 (draw) 'B' game Started
??.10.1978 Thailand Select (Taipei City) 5-0 (won) 'B' game Started
06.10.1979 New Zealand (Sydney) 2-2 (draw) Friendly Started
08.10.1979 New Zealand (Sydney) 0-2 (loss) Friendly Started

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