A number of Lionesses, both past and present, have links to St Albans and the surrounding area.

The city itself has a proud sporting heritage, with former St Albans resident Samuel Ryder having given his name to golfing competition The Ryder Cup.

A number of sports clubs in football, rugby, athletics and beyond, continue to represent the city's name to this day.


With England appearing in Sunday's World Cup final against Spain, there are a number of Lionesses with St Albans links.

Beth Mead

St Albans & Harpenden Review: England and Arsenal star Beth Mead.England and Arsenal star Beth Mead. (Image: PA Wire/PA Images)

Firstly, Arsenal and England star Beth Mead is a resident of the Verulam city.

The winger is originally from North Yorkshire, but told The Evening Standard in July that she has lived in St Albans for a number of months now.

She is currently missing from the World Cup due to injury, but played an important role in England's Euro victory last summer.

Leah Williamson

St Albans & Harpenden Review: England captain Leah Williamson.England captain Leah Williamson. (Image: PA Wire/PA Images)

England captain Leah Williamson has previously refereed football matches at St Albans Girls' School, and has visited the city on a number of occasions.

Like our next Lioness, Leah has appeared in a podcast set at 'Britain's Oldest Pub', Ye Olde Fighting Cocks.

The Euro-winner is also currently injured, but flew to the Lionesses training camp ahead of their quarter-final victory against Columbia.

Jill Scott

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Jill Scott playing for England.Jill Scott playing for England.

Former Manchester City and Aston Villa midfielder Jill Scott was part of England's Euro-winning team last year.

The former Queen of the Jungle once recorded her BBC Radio 5 Live podcast in 'Britain's Oldest Pub'.

She joined BBC presenter Ben Haines and fellow Lioness Leah Williamson at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks for her show Jill Scott's Coffee Club.

Alex Scott

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Alex Scott playing for Arsenal.Alex Scott playing for Arsenal. (Image: PA Archive/PA Images)

Alex Scott is a former Lioness, who now plies her trade as a presenter and TV personality.

She is a former Oaklands College student, who went to to teach sport there.

Alex Scott has also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire.

She has recently released an autobiography named How (Not) To Be Strong, in which Oaklands College is mentioned.

Anna Patten

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Former Arsenal defender Anna Patten, curling.Former Arsenal defender Anna Patten, curling.

An England youth international, Harpenden-native Anna Patten completed a move from Arsenal to Aston Villa last month.

Patten is yet to make her senior debut for the England team, but was a key part of the England under-20 team that took Bronze in 2018.

At just 24-year-old, Anna has time on her side if she is to make her Lionesses bow.