British-born, Spain-raised: meet Málaga keeper Chelsea Ashurst!
Hey there! My name’s Chelsea Ashurst and I play in goal for Málaga CF Femenino in Spain’s first division, La Liga Iberdrola.
It’s been a tough weekend, as we played away from home against Atlético de Madrid Femenino, who are top of the league, Liga champions for the past two seasons and a team packed with Spain internationals such as Jenni Hermoso, Amanda Sampedro, Ángela Sosa, Silvia Meseguer and Lola Gallardo. We gave them a good match but eventually went down 4-1 – Hermoso hitting a hat-trick – and we remain just a couple of points above the relegation zone, making next weekend’s home game versus Valencia CFF, who are just three points above us, a must-win encounter!
So, let me tell you a bit about myself and how I got here… I was born in England, in Normanton, West Yorkshire to be precise, but moved to Granada in Spain when I was five or six years old. I’m proud to be British but after over 20 years in Spain (I’m now 28), I have to say I feel pretty Spanish too! I started playing football when I was ten, kicking a ball around in the streets with the local boys and girls, but it wasn’t until around the age of 14 that I became a goalkeeper.
One day I was training with my club and decided to have a try in goal, and I must have done pretty well, because by 15 I had made my debut in Spain’s top division! That was for Club Atlético Málaga, the first women’s football club founded in Andalusia (in June 1991) and run for so many years by Manuel Hernández Navarrete and Isa Guerrero – I’ll always be grateful for that opportunity.
Join me again soon for more about my career and my life here on the Costa del Sol!
Un beso, Chelsea xxx
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