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Pauline Cope (born 16 February 1969), whose married name is Pauline Cope-Boanas, is an English former football goalkeeper. She won 60 caps for the England women's national football team between her debut in 1995 and retirement from international football in 2004. Cope was England's first choice goalkeeper at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup and UEFA Women's Euro 2001Ted Copeland, England's coach at the former competition, described Cope as the best female goalkeeper in the world.

Having started playing with Millwall Lionesses in her native South London, Cope remained until 1998. Her time at the club was interspersed with two separate spells with Arsenal and a season out of football in 1993–94. She moved on to Croydon, who came under the auspices of Charlton Athletic in 2000. Cope finished her club career playing for Charlton under the management of partner and future husband Keith Boanas, retiring in 2006. A League champion on three occasions, Cope won the FA Women's Cup four times and was a losing finalist twice.


Club careerEdit

At club level Cope won the FA Women's Cup with Millwall LionessesArsenal and Croydon and in May 2004 played in goal for Charlton in their 3-0 final defeat against Arsenal.

In the 2000 FA Women's Cup Final at Bramall Lane, Cope saved a penalty kick from her England team mate Karen Walker as Croydon beat Doncaster Belles 2–1. As Croydon celebrated their win, Cope revealed a T-shirt bearing the legend: "I love my Keith." The following week Croydon beat Aston Villa 6–0 to win the league and clinch a domestic double.

In 2003 Cope was employed as a full–time girls' development officer with Charlton Athletic. The position allowed her to improve the way she trained: "I'm in the best position in women's football in Europe. Maybe even the world, because I get to train day–in day–out with Dean Kiely, who's one of the best keepers around." She played in Charlton's 3–0 defeat to full–time professional Fulham in the 2003 FA Women's Cup Final.

A fortnight after helping Charlton beat Arsenal 2–1 in the 2006 Premier League Cup final, 37–year–old Cope produced a vintage performance in the FA Women's Cup semi final but Charlton lost 2–1 to the same opponents. Having watched his side score a late winner in extra time, Arsenal manager Vic Akers declared: "Pauline Cope was absolutely outstanding." Cope then retired from club football at the end of the 2005–06 season. After her final game, a 1–0 defeat at Everton which consigned Charlton to third place in the table, club captain Casey Stoney said of Cope: "If I'm honest I don't think she can be replaced. She's the best goalkeeper I've ever seen."


Personal lifeEdit

Cope is married to Estonia women's team coach Keith Boanas. Despite her long association with Millwall's female section, Cope remains a West Ham United supporter.

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