Derby County Football Club Women

Ewe Rams Legend Cara Newton Announces Retirement

Derby County FC Women’s Stiker and Club record Goalscorer Cara Newton has announced her retirement from the game with immediate effect, starting and ending an illustrious career with the Ewe Rams either side of a spell with Long Eaton United Ladies.

The striker has been dogged by a persistent ankle injury sustained early last season against Burton Albion LFC and feels that going out on her own terms is the right way to do things and will move onto the next phase in her life.

Newton said “Since my ankle injury against Burton Albion I have struggled to find my form and confidence, the ankle injury has been on going and is still not fully recovered. I want to finish my career on my terms and for no other reason! I just feel now is the right time as hard as that is.

“I’m going to miss everything about football, next week I will probably be begging Sam to take me back. In all seriousness, the main thing that I’m going to miss, is the staff, team mates, fans and pulling on the No.9 shirt on a Sunday. Derby County has always been such a huge part of my life, without it I have a very big hole to fill.

“I hope the fans will remember me as the top goalscorer as I secretly would like to remain that for the foreseeable so they can’t forget me!  Other than that just a loyal player that wasn’t too bad in her day.”

There have been many ups and down in her football career for the prolific goalscorer with England Youth honours and a return to the game after a serious incident amongst the highlights and Newton herself says she will not disappear into the night and has a big event to plan for!

“Looking back over my career, I haven’t done bad! I’m proud of so many things, from making my England debut in Denmark at U-17s to winning the National Championship in America but also from returning to football after some very tough times when I was told I wouldn’t be able to.

“I will stay involved in the game in the sense I will be Derby County Women’s biggest fan and a regular spectator to the home games. I have a wedding to focus on (second time around) in November and then hopefully will start a family.”

The retirement from the game ends another piece of the Derby County DNA but for Chief Executive Duncan Gibb, it also leaves a massive hole of what he describes as a true professional on and off the field, and fully believes she’s cemented herself in Ewe Rams folklore. 

Gibb said “Whilst news of Cara’s retirement will come as a surprise to many of the clubs supporters, it didn’t to me when she told me. This is a player who throughout her career has set and subsequently delivered to the highest of standards; however a persistent injury that has not responded to treatment threatened to compromise that, and like all ‘great’ players her principals simply wouldn’t allow those standards to drop.

“I’m delighted that she managed to become the clubs all-time leading scorer in 2019, and until somebody beats her she’ll sit side by side with Steve Bloomer as Derby County’s leading male and female scorers and Cara has always recognised where she’d come from, as well as the importance of the supporters that turn up in numbers to support the club. 

“As such she led the way in terms of attending academy training sessions engaging seamlessly with the clubs younger players. In addition to that she was normally one of the first to volunteer to undertake a whole host of media and club commitments, whilst readily engaging with fans on match days.

“I’m honoured to call this wonderful young lady a friend, and like many people involved with the club, I look forward to seeing both her and her wonderful family for many years to come.”

Ending her career with the club 19 years after she started back as an 11 year old has left many memorable memories for Newton and upon ending her career, the striker paid her own tribute to the many people that have been a big part of her career.

“I have so many people I want to thank and none more so than my family who are always my biggest supporters and sacrificed so much to enable me to live my dream and play for my home town club.

“My first coaches at Derby, Mick and Dougie who gave me the confidence at a young age to want to be the best I could be and was a big part of the hope and ability I had playing for England U17 against Denmark. 

“My time spent in the USA and working with my Coach Corey Rose who believed in me and kept me going when I was missing home. Being made captain elevated my confidence to the next level and It was an amazing achievement to lead my team to a National Championship and also be named Most Valuable Forward whilst out there.

“I had many great memories during my spell at Long Eaton United Ladies too and that spell ignited my love for the game again and eventually allowed me to return to Derby County FC Women and finish off my career where I started.

“I’ve got so many memories at Derby and would like to thank the CEO Duncan Gibb for always backing me, it’s been a pleasure to play at the club. I can’t leave without a massive thank you to my Manager Sam Griffiths and Coach Jenny ‘Bart’ Simpson. They may have those titles but for me they are just fantastic friends. 

“It’s been a pleasure to play with each and every one of my teammates, it’s been an absolute blast and now I get to enjoy it as a fan and as they say, Once a Ram, Always a Ram!”