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Steph Houghton

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England international Steph Houghton joined the Blues on New Years Day 2014 in the hope of advancing an already illustrious career.

Houghton turned professional at local club Sunderland Ladies before signing for Leeds United Ladies in 2007. The transfer was a successful one for the Durham-born left-back who was named the 2008 FA Women’s Young Player of the Year. In 2010, she also picked up a FA Women’s Cup winners medal with Leeds.

Although predominantly a left-sided defender, Houghton appeared in a variety of positions for the Lilywhites and her versatility attracted particular interest from Arsenal. She signed for the Gunners in August 2010, appearing 12 times and scoring twice during her time in North London. She then went on to lift the FA Women's Cup with the club as captain.

Houghton has represented her country at every level, totalling more than 50 appearances for England. Two serious injuries sabotaged her international career but in August 2012, she made a full recovery and became an integral part of her national team.

Representing Team GB at the Olympics, Houghton became a household name by scoring in all three group matches, including the winning goals against New Zealand and Brazil. 

A rock for City throughout the 2014 season, she was awarded the captain's armband for her country and went on to become the first female to appear on the front cover of Shoot Magazine.

She also led the Three Lionesses to World Cup qualification, following a superb group stage campaign and her year was capped with a trophy lift as she skippered City to their first ever piece of silverware.

Latest tweets: @stephhoughton2

  • Sending congrats to @melbournecity for the launch of the new CFA, enjoy your new home! ⚽️ #welcometocfa (22 hours ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Huge Good Luck to our u23s today v Sweden in La Manga! Play well, work hard! ⚽️👊 @england (2 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Never seen anyone like #Messi .. Even better live! Wow! 👏 ⚽️👌 (3 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Thanks to the fans who came to support us yday, good performance by everyone + already feeling right at home @ our new #CFA Stadium! @MCWFC (6 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Looking forward to playing in our new CFA Stadium today for the 1st time! MCWFC v Aston Villa KO @ 2PM. Come join us @MCFC @MCWFC #Together (7 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

Instagram: @stephhoughton2

  • Monday Chills ... @Spotify Acoustic and Analysing ⚽️😎🎵📝
  • Trip to London for the @fawsl PhotoShoot... Not sure about the #Tekkers! @mcwfc @mcfcofficial
  • Getting closer to the season, calling all you @mcfcofficial @mcwfc fans! 
Now it begins. #mcwfc seasoncard on sale now!
  • Proud of the squad... Thank you for all the messages and all the support last night! #England #WeGoAgain
  • Privileged to have played alongside the best ... @kellyjsmith what a fantastic player and person! Thanks for all the memories! No one better! Going to miss you!!
  • Proud friend right now! 👏❤️ #Repost @llang89 
Can't thank everyone enough for coming along to the EDfit open weekend! #EastDurhamFitness #EDfit #community #fitnessfamily
  • Game of Thrones night! #Addicted #GrannySlippers 🔥 brew please @stephen.darby
  • A early treat for this beaut from me and @stuhoughton92 for Mams 50th birthday! Love you! ❤️ #Spa #ChampagneAfternoonTea 👌
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  • Enjoyed every minute of being in #AbuDhabi with the team! Hard work and a great week of training! #preseason @mcwfc
  • #AbuDhabi preseason.. Everyone working hard! 😎👌 @mcwfc
  • Happy 50th Birthday Dad! 
Have an amazing holiday! #1ofakind #LoveYouAlways 😘❤️
  • Pre Season in #AbuDhabi.. All aboard #EtihadAirways. Looking forward to training in the sun! @mcwfc @jbeattie91 😎
  • Suprise 50th Birthday Party for the most amazing Dad! What a man! Too much love! #Hero ❤️😊☺️
  • #Repost @mcfcofficial with @repostapp.
#MCFC Instagram of the Day 274: Here come the girls... @mcwfc
  • #Repost @viickyhedley with @repostapp.
Special treatment! Take the girl out of murton, thanks @stephhoughton2 😘😀
  • Happy New Year everyone! Had an amazing night at #GustoManchester with this lot! Have a great 2015! ❤️☺️
  • Very proud of this one... #Bro ❤️ #Giroud 😂 @stuhoughton92
  • Family Boxing Day ... Playing brains with @jakehoughton04 @stuhoughton92 @viickyhedley @laurenhoughton3 who won?! 👀😂
  • Adorable ❤️ #HeartBreaker
  • Been sucked in to watching #Frozen with the Family! 
No place like Home! #LetItGo 🎵🙊☺️
  • Merry Christmas from us lot everyone! Hope you all have an amazing day! 🎁🎅❤️🎄☺️
  • Early Christmas present from @nikefootball can't wait to get back to preseason! #NikeUK #Magistas
  • Welcome to @mcwfc to my good friend @jbeattie91 .. Great addition to our squad! Excited for the new season already! #Reunited #MCWFCFamily
  • Small game in the North East today! 🙊Watching the match with the bestie @emmaconway1 and the girls! #ChristmasJumper 🔴⚪️
  • Dumb and Dumber off to see #DumbandDumberTo ... So funny! Must see peeps! 😂🙊
  • #Repost @phuckyoquote with @repostapp.
Thought of the day ... 💬💭☺️
  • Spent the morning feeding the ducks and playing on the park with these 2 lovelies! Growing up to quick! #Bobby #Poppy ☺️❤️
  • My date for the evening ... @stuhoughton92 at the #localheroes14 awards!
  • #WelcomeToCFA ... Welcome to our new home! 😊 @mcfcofficial @mcwfc #TrainingGround
  • Too much love for my Cuz Amy! Always there... ❤️ #Holidays #Family
  • Night watching #SAFC v @mcfcofficial .. Best seat in the house! 🙊
  • Too many pics to put on.. But what an event! #JM7Foundation #Waltzer #Dodgems #KaiserChiefs #WhatHappensInVegas 💃

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