FOOTBALL: IT WAS a night to remember for Jess Carter after she walked away with four awards at Birmingham City Ladies’ annual presentation evening, which was held at a sold out St Andrews.
A packed out crowd inside the Legends Lounge enjoyed a night of celebration last Friday as David Parker’s side looked back on a hugely successful 2016 campaign.
The Blues finished fourth in the Women’s Super League, got to the final of the FA Continental Tyres Cup and went on a 12-game unbeaten run which which equalled a club record.
Carter capped off a fine season by winning four prestigious awards by winning the Mangers’ Player and Players’ Player of the Season accolade.
The 19-year-old, who can play in defence and across midfield, also claimed the Young Player of the Season title and was the top choice for supporters who voted her the Supports’ Club Player of the Season.
Elsewhere, defender Aoife Mannion picked up the Fan’s Player of the Season with a staggering 49 per cent of the vote, while Keeley Davies received the Development Squad Player of the Year and Shania Hayles won the RTC Player of the Season Award.
In a season with plenty of excitement, Charlie Welling’s excellent finish against London Bees in the FA Continental Tyres Cup semi-final secured the Goal of the Season award and Coral Haines’ last gasp extra-time winner against Liverpool in the FA Continental Tyres Cup quarter-final picked up the Moment of the Season.
Outside of the playing staff, Emily Meaney received the Supporter of the Season award, whilst Lucy Farnell was given a special presentation for her loyal support after failing to miss a single WSL home fixture.
Finally, Deputy Chief Executive Steve Shipway was also recognised for his services with an onstage presentation.