Lucy Elizabeth Staniforth (born 2 October 1992) is an English female footballer. A centre attacking midfielder, she currently plays her club football for Liverpool Ladies FC and internationally for England under-23s.
Whilst only 16, Staniforth began playing for the Sunderland Women first-team. In her first season in senior football, Lucy was instrumental in helping Sunderland win the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division and reach the 2009 FA Women’s Cup final, where they were narrowly beaten by Arsenal. The following season, Staniforth figured prominently as a key player in Sunderland’s success as they finished fifth in their first season back at the top level.
Upon Sunderland’s failed bid to join the FA WSL in 2010, Staniforth joined successful applicant, Lincoln Ladies. Lucy would start in every game in her first season at the club, as well as netting three times for the club. The most notable of her goals in her first season in the Women’s Super League came in the away fixture at Doncaster Belles. Staniforth helped her side reach fourth place in the league, superseding all expectations.
In the 2012 FA WSL, Lucy bettered her goalscoring tally substantially, scoring on a further 6 occasions. In the two ultimate games of the season, Staniforth scored the winner for her side. She scored an extravagant lob from 35 yards against Everton Ladies, and scored the winner against Chelsea Ladies, lifting the side to fifth in the table.
In December 2012, it was announced that Staniforth would be joining Bristol Academy, against whom she had scored twice in the preceding 2012 FA WSL season. Staniforth scored her first goal for the club in the home fixture againstDoncaster Rovers Belles, with a 22 yard drive. In her first season at the Stoke Gifford Stadium, Staniforth reached the second FA Women’s Cup Final of her career. Unfortunately during the match she suffered a serious knee injury and was stretchered off. For the season 2013/14 Lucy moved to Liverpool Ladies FC where unfortunately she suffered her second ACL rupture whilst training. She will not be available for any of the 2013/14 season.
Staniforth featured for England in their fourth place finish at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, scoring an excellent goal against Japan in the quarter final.
In July 2009 Lucy also took part in the 2009 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship in Belarus, where England returned victorious. In her time with the U-19s, Lucy scored twice. In 2010 Staniforth helped England reach the final of the 2010 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship in Macedonia, where they lost their title to France. Later that summer Lucy featured twice in England’s games at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
Lucy has since joined the ranks of the U-23s, making her debut against Norway in February 2012. Staniforth scored an impressive 25-yard drive in the first game of the Under-23 Four Nations La Manga Tournament, helping her team see off Sweden 2-0.