Ashleigh Plumptre (born 8 May 1998) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Leicester City in the FA Women’s Super League and the Nigerian national female football team. She made her senior Nigeria women’s national team debut in February 2022.
Plumptre is one-quarter Nigerian. She grew up supporting Leicester City and attended the parade when the men’s team won the 2015–16 Premier League title.
In 2017, Plumptre was invited to the White House as part of USC’s National Championship winning celebrations.
Early Life and Career>
Born in Leicester, England, Plumptre grew up and attended primary school in Melton Mowbray. She began playing football at age 4 when she joined Asfordby Amateurs. At age 8 she joined the Leicester City Centre of Excellence, spending seven years with the club playing from under-10 to under-15 level. She left Leicester to join Birmingham City’s under-17 team in 2013 where she also had the opportunity to train with the senior WSL 1 team. In 2014, Plumptre briefly joined third-tier FA Women’s Premier League side Derby County’s Centre of Excellence.
Plumptre joined WSL 1 side Notts County in 2014. She made her senior debut on 24 August 2014, as a 57th-minute substitute for Caitlin Friend in a 1–0 defeat to Liverpool. In doing so she becomes the youngest Notts County debutant at 16 years 108 days. She made her first start in a 1–1 WSL 1 draw with Manchester City on 3 September. Four days later she appeared as a substitute at the start of extra-time during a League Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal.
In 2016, Plumptre moved to the United States to play college soccer at the University of Southern California.
In March 2019, Plumptre signed to play in the UWS with LA Galaxy OC during the college offseason. The team finished second in the West Conference behind Calgary Foothills during the regular season before winning the Championship final against the same opposition.
In December 2019, Plumptre elected to forgo the 2020 NWSL College Draft coming out of college despite projecting as a late-first round or early-second round pick and instead returned to England, rejoining hometown club Leicester City in the FA Women’s Championship.
England and Nigeria Career
Plumptre has represented England at under-15, under-17, under-19 and under-23 level including at two tournaments: the 2014 and 2015 UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship. Predominantly a forward or attacking midfielder at youth level, she scored twice during a 9–0 win over Moldova in the 2015 UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship qualifying round. In 2016, 17-year-old Plumptre was the youngest player named to the under-23 team for the 2016 La Manga Tournament. She made a combined 30 appearances at the youth level, scoring 10 goals.
Having earlier expressed an interest in representing Nigeria at senior level in June 2021, Plumptre received her first call-up for an eight-day training camp held in Austria the following month. She qualifies to play for Nigeria through her paternal grandfather. She made an unofficial debut on 23 July 2021, starting in a 1–0 friendly win over Slovenian 1. SŽNL club Olimpija Ljubljana. In November 2021, she attended a training camp in Nigeria. In late December 2021, she was officially cleared by FIFA to represent Nigeria. She made her official debut on 18 February 2022, starting in a 2–0 win over Ivory Coast during 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualification.
Ashleigh Plumptre is an English-born Nigerian footballer who currently plays for the Super Falcons of Nigeria internationally. She is one-quarter Nigerian from her Father’s side. Formerly an England youth international, she received her first call-up for the Nigeria women’s national team in July 2021.
She also has a sister who is a musician and also a drumer, her name is Bayleigh Bisi-Drummer. Bisi is 10 years old as of 2021.
Ashleigh Plumptre parents full names are not available as we can only come up with Mr. and Mrs. Plumptre. Plumptre was born in England to a Nigerian father. She took to her Instagram page to wish her father a happy birthday, she caption;
Happy 50th Birthday Dad!
The only time we’ll let this day be all about you! We love you
As of 2022, Ashleigh Plumptre is not marriend and is currently single.
Ashleigh Plumptre’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at $900, 000 – $6.5 million (net worth estimated in 2022).