Tracey Wheeler

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 26 September 1967
Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia
Height: 180cm (5' 11")
Position: Goalkeeper

Club Summary

Club Games Goals
Wentworthville Uniting Church (junior)
Wenty Waratah (1981-1985)
Chipping Norton (1986)
Blacktown (1987-1988)
Melita Eagles (1989-1990)
Morley Windmills (1991-1992)
Forrestfield United (1993-1994)
Fremantle United (1995-1996, 1998)
South Australia Sports Institute (1996-1999)
Murdoch University (1999-2002)

International Summary

Games Goals
Australia 'A' (1989-2000) 49 0
Australia 'B' (1991-1994) 4 0

© Australian Sports Commission

Career Brief

Tracey Wheeler is one of Western Australia's most decorated female footballers with 49 ‘A’ appearances for the nation. Born in Sydney, Wheeler played her junior days with the boys before joining Wenty Waratahs at the age of 13. She represented New South Wales at junior and youth levels before entering the State League in 1986 as a promising defender/midfielder with Chipping Norton.

It was during the first of her two years with Blacktown that Wheeler took up the goalkeeping gloves. A senior State call-up for New South Wales arrived twelve months later, and in 1989 she commenced a two-season stint between the posts for Melita Eagles. Wheeler made her debut for Australia in an Oceania Nations Cup encounter with New Zealand in March 1989. Before the year was out she'd added to that appearances against Papua New Guinea, Taiwan and Japan.

Upon relocating to Perth Wheeler joined Morley Windmills and was a key figure in her club winning back-to-back league titles. She was awarded the competition's Player of the Year in 1991 when she also wore the gloves for Western Australia at the national championship. In May 1991 Wheeler featured in World Cup qualifiers against New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, and five months later kept goal in friendly competition with New Zealand.

A serious knee injury brought Wheeler's career to a sudden halt in 1993. Following surgery she played for Forrestfield United and with a couple of strong seasons under her belt was back in national contention. Wheeler's recovery was made complete in October 1994 when she helped Australia defeat New Zealand and Papua New Guinea to qualify for the Women's World Cup.

The first half of 1995 was a very busy time with games against the United States of America, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Scotland. Wheeler became the first West Australian to play in a FIFA-sanctioned World Cup finals tournament when she turned out against Denmark in June, with appearances against China and the United States of America in the days that followed.

On returning to club football Wheeler wore Fremantle United colours and in 1996 made the last of her 24 appearances for the State. In March 1996 she represented the nation against New Zealand and South Korea, then in July turned out against the United States of America and China. The Matilda's number one was then struck down by injury and, after a second knee reconstruction, it would be over twelve months before she next played.

A place in the South Australian Institute of Sport squad for the 1997/98 Women’s National Soccer League season completed Wheeler's recovery. SASI made the Grand Final in each of Wheeler's three seasons, the highlight of which was a 2-0 win over Canberra Eclipse in the 1998/99 title decider. She returned to the international stage prior to that for the Matilda's massive 21-0 World Cup qualifying win over American Samoa in October 1998.

Selected in Australia's squad for the 1999 World Cup, Wheeler played friendlies against the United States of America and Canada before taking the gloves against Ghana at the tournament. Further outings with China, Sweden, the United States of America, New Zealand and North Korea led into the 2000 Olympic Games. In what would prove to be her international swansong Wheeler faced the might of Germany, Sweden and Brazil as the Matildas bowed out of the event at the group stage.

After helping Murdoch win the 2001 league title Wheeler succumbed once again to a knee injury, this one leading her into retirement. The Matilda's longest serving 'keeper kept 16 clean sheets across her 49 'A' appearances, which included two Women’s World Cups. Wheeler was presented an Australian Sports Medal by the Australian Government in 2000; and eight year later entered into Hall of Champions category of the Football Hall of Fame, Western Australia, and was presented an Award of Distinction by Football Federation Australia's Hall of Fame.

Matildas Game by Game

Date Opponent (Venue) Result Status Comments
26.03.1989 New Zealand (Brisbane) 0-2 (loss) Oceania Nations Cup Sub off after 45 minutes for Debra Bonshore
28.03.1989 Papua New Guinea (Brisbane) 6-0 (won) Oceania Nations Cup Full game
31.03.1989 Taiwan (Brisbane) 1-4 (loss) Oceania Nations Cup Full game
04.12.1989 Japan (Kanagawa) 2-2 (draw) Friendly Full game
05.12.1989 Japan (Kanagawa) 1-1 (draw) Friendly Full game
01.01.1991 Malmo (Sydney) 1-1 (draw) 'B' game Full game
03.01.1991 Malmo (Canberra) 1-3 (loss) 'B' game Full game
20.05.1991 New Zealand (Sydney) 0-1 (loss) World Cup qualifier Full game
21.05.1991 Papua New Guinea (Sydney) 12-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Full game
24.05.1991 New Zealand (Sydney) 1-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Full game
25.05.1991 Papua New Guinea (Sydney) 8-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Full game
20.10.1991 New Zealand (Christchurch) 0-0 (draw) Friendly Full game
26.10.1991 New Zealand (Hamilton) 0-2 (loss) Friendly Full game
03.08.1994 Bayern Munich (Munich) 2-0 (won) 'B' game Full game
05.08.1994 Fortuna Elite (Copenhagen) 4-0 (won) 'B' game Full game
14.10.1994 New Zealand (Port Morseby) 1-2 (loss) World Cup qualifier Full game
16.10.1994 Papua New Guinea (Port Morseby) 7-0 (loss) World Cup qualifier Full game
18.10.1994 New Zealand (Port Morseby) 1-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Full game
19.10.1994 Papua New Guinea (Port Morseby) 4-0 (loss) World Cup qualifier Full game
20.01.1995 United States of America (Phoenix) 0-5 (loss) Friendly Full game
23.01.1995 United States of America (Phoenix) 1-4 (loss) Friendly Full game
10.04.1995 Argentina (Uberlandia) 7-0 (won) Friendly Full game
15.04.1995 Brazil (Uberlandia) 0-3 (loss) Friendly Full game
17.04.1995 Brazil (Uberlandia) 3-2 (won) Friendly Full game
11.05.1995 Canada (Vancouver) 0-3 (loss) Friendly Full game
17.05.1995 Scotland (Kilmarnock) 0-0 (draw) Friendly Full game
06.06.1995 Denmark (Vasteras) 0-5 (loss) World Cup finals Full game
08.06.1995 China (Vasteras) 2-4 (loss) World Cup finals Full game
10.06.1995 United States of America (Helsingborg) 1-4 (loss) World Cup finals Full game
24.03.1996 New Zealand (Auckland) 3-0 (won) Friendly Full game
25.03.1996 South Korea (Auckland) 1-0 (won) Friendly Full game
29.03.1996 South Korea (Auckland) 1-2 (loss) Friendly Full game
30.03.1996 New Zealand (Auckland) 2-0 (won) Friendly Full game
04.07.1996 United States of America (Tampa) 1-2 (loss) Friendly Full game
06.07.1996 United States of America (Tampa) 1-2 (loss) Friendly Full game
11.07.1996 China (Bradenton) 0-1 (loss) Friendly Full game
09.10.1998 American Samoa (Auckland) 21-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Full game
03.06.1999 United States of America (Portland) 0-4 (loss) Friendly Full game
09.06.1999 Canada (Etobicoke) 3-1 (won) Friendly Full game
20.06.1999 Ghana (Boston) 1-1 (draw) World Cup finals Full game
28.10.1999 China (Zhuhai) 1-3 (loss) Friendly Full game
31.10.1999 China (Ziamen) 2-4 (loss) Friendly Full game
07.01.2000 Sweden (Sydney) 0-2 (loss) Friendly Full game
13.01.2000 United States of America (Adelaide) 1-3 (loss) Friendly Full game
02.06.2000 China (Sydney) 1-1 (draw) Friendly Full game
07.06.2000 New Zealand (Newcastle) 4-0 (won) Friendly Full game
11.06.2000 United States of America (Newcastle) 0-1 (loss) Friendly Full game
08.08.2000 North Korea (Pyongyang) 0-2 (loss) Friendly Full game
14.08.2000 China (Yangzhou) 0-3 (loss) Friendly Full game
17.08.2000 China (Shanghai) 0-0 (draw) Friendly Full game
13.09.2000 Germany (Sydney) 0-3 (loss) Olympic Games Full game
16.09.2000 Sweden (Sydney) 1-1 (draw) Olympic Games Full game
19.09.2000 Brazil (Sydney) 1-2 (loss) Olympic Games Full game

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