Amy Duggan
Amy Duggan in 2008
Personal information
Full name Amy Elizabeth Duggan
Birth name Amy Elizabeth Taylor
Date of birth (1979-06-11) 11 June 1979 (age 45)
Place of birth Canberra, Australia
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Tuggeranong United FC
Canberra City FC
Canberra Eclipse
Canberra Olympic FC
Hampton Roads Piranhas
International career
1997–2005 Australia 27 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Amy Elizabeth Duggan (née Taylor; born 11 June 1979) is an Australian retired association football player and media personality.[1]

Football career

Amy Taylor was born in Canberra, Australia and grew up in Tuggeranong.[2] She started playing soccer at Tuggeranong United FC. At club level, she played nearly 100 games for the Canberra Eclipse in the now defunct Australian Women's National Soccer League,[3] and played professionally for Hampton Roads Piranhas in the USL W-League.[4]

She was a member of the Australia women's national soccer team, known as "The Matildas", playing as a defender in over thirty international matches. She was first selected to the Australian women's national team in 1997, at the age of 17—just six years after she began playing the sport. That same year she was called up for the 1997 Women's U.S. Cup to replace injured defender Bridgette Starr, scoring her first international goal as the Matildas lost 9–1 to the United States. Taylor was an unused substitute during the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup,[3] and that same year she appeared on the cover of nude calendar featuring current Matilda's players, designed to lift the profile of the women's game and raise funds to support the national team's activities.[5] She wound up cut out of the Australian team for the 2000 Summer Olympics.[3]

After one year away from international soccer, Taylor returned to the Matildas in 2004 to take part in the Olympic qualifiers.[6] She was again an alternate player for the 2004 Olympics tournament.[7]

Known as a determined defender and combative tackler, Taylor succumbed to a number of ankle injuries and underwent two reconstructive surgeries. She retired from international football in 2005 to take on a career in the media full time.[8]

2000 Matildas Calendar and Magazine Appearances

In 1999–2000, she starred nude in the Matildas Football Calendar [9][10] She also starred in a bikini in several Inside Sport magazines including as covergirl of the August 2000 Inside Sport magazine.[11][12]

Amy Taylor also starred in the March 2001 Issue of the Australian Ralph Magazine.[13] She also received an offer to star naked in Zoo Weekly (magazine).[14]

Media career

Her appearance on the Matilda's calendar led to appearances in various magazines and print ads as a model. She joined WIN Television in Australia as a presenter on a fishing program called Fishing Australia. She became the sports presenter for WIN News, becoming one of WIN's most popular personalities.[2]

In 2008, Duggan co-hosted the first series of football-reality television program Football Superstar on pay TV channel FOX8.[15] For the second series in 2009, she was replaced by Lee Furlong after the birth of her first child.[16]

While continuing her role on WIN News, she has also hosted and commentated for ABC's telecast of the W-League national women's competition.[17] Then went on to Host W-League and Matilda's matches for Fox Sports from 2015 to 2018 before signing with Optus Sport in 2019 for the 2019 Women's World Cup.

From August 2016, Amy started hosting a 4-hour music program on Wollongong's i98FM, called Chilled Sundays.[18]

Amy Duggan began presenting on the ABC Illawarra radio station on Friday mornings starting on 13 October 2023.[19]

References

  1. ^ "Women in Sport Luncheon". i98fm. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Doherty, Megan (27 June 2013). "Dismay grows over WIN shift to Wollongong". Archived from the original on 14 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Amy Taylor profile, Matildas official website
  4. ^ "OLYMPICS: Players on women's soccer rosters with U.S. connections". 25 August 2004. Archived from the original on 24 October 2021.
  5. ^ "BBC News – ASIA-PACIFIC – Nude footballers kick up a fuss". Archived from the original on 14 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Team Profile – Australia – SportsTG". Archived from the original on 2 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments: Athens 2004" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Listen: Former Matilda turned media personality reflects on capticating career". SEN. 2023. Retrieved 6 June 2024.
  9. ^ "Canberra Confidential: The naked sportsreader". 3 July 2013. Archived from the original on 24 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Amy Taylor the Matildas Soccer Star Nude in 2000 Matildas Calendar".
  11. ^ "Inside Sport Amy Taylor". Archived from the original on 23 October 2021.
  12. ^ "Article about Amy Taylor in the August 2000 Inside Sport Magazine". 30 December 2023.
  13. ^ "Crowd pleaser Soccer star Amy Taylor plays in our favourite position". March 2001.
  14. ^ "Matildas star Amy Taylor won't be getting her gear off". 25 May 2009. Archived from the original on 24 October 2021.
  15. ^ "Former Matilda teams up with McFadden – Herald Sun". 27 June 2008. Archived from the original on 27 June 2008.
  16. ^ "brian McFadden stings Matildas star Amy Taylor". Perth Now. 21 May 2009. Archived from the original on 24 October 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  17. ^ "ABC1 for W-League's second season". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 September 2009. Archived from the original on 23 October 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  18. ^ "i98FM welcomes Amy Duggan to on-air line up with Chilled Sundays". i98fm. 29 July 2016.
  19. ^ Duggan, Amy (13 October 2023). "ABC Illawarra Mornings (13 October 2023)". 2023. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 97.3 ABC Illawarra. Retrieved 21 October 2023.