IT PROVED to be a night to remember for Mel Lawley after she came away from the Birmingham City Ladies end of season awards evening with two accolades.
This year’s awards were held in the Legends Lounge at St Andrew’s and once again celebrated what has been another rollercoaster season for David Parker’s side, who finished sixth in WSL1 and reached the semi-finals of the League Cup.
Lawley proved to be one of many stars of the night after coming away with the prestigious Fans’ Player of the Season award following an impressive season.
The skilful winger has been one of the outstanding performers for the Blues, having made 21 appearances in both league and cup.
It was no surprise to see Lawley named the Supporters Club Player of the Season too and she collected her award from Supporters of the Year Lindsay and Sharon Warren.
Defender Kerys Harrop won the respect of her peers after being voted as the team’s Players’ Player of the Season following a fine campaign in the heart of a Blues defence that performed admirably in 2015.
The Goal of the Season award was overwhelmingly won by Jo Potter for her superb free kick against Super League winners Chelsea which put the Blues through to the semi-finals of the Continental Tyres Cup.
Anna Wilcox was named the club’s Development Squad Player of the Season and Connie Scofield walked away with the Centre of Excellence Player of the Season award.
The heroics of England stars Jade Moore, Jo Potter and Karen Carney did not go unnoticed with all three players receiving a wonderful standing ovation on their way to collecting a Special Achievement Award.
All three players played their part in an unforgettable campaign for the Lionesses in Canada where Mark Sampson’s finished third in the FIFA World Cup.
An impressive total of £5,200 was rasied through an auction of a signed BCLFC shirt by the first team squad and an England Women’s shirt signed by Carney, Potter and Moore. John Sims, of AES, bought both shirts and his generosity is hugely appreciated.
A raffle on the night also raised £500 and all the money will be donated to the Ladies’ Centre of Excellence and the first team’s choice of charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.