Nick Cushing’s side won both domestic cups in a trophy-laden season for our women’s team.
A shoot-out victory over Arsenal saw us lift the Continental Cup at Bramhall Lane on the same weekend the men won the Carabao Cup. And Keira Walsh, Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp each scored as we beat West Ham United 3-0 to lift the Women’s FA Cup in front of a crowd of 43,264 at Wembley.
We finished second in the Women’s Super League table, losing just one match throughout the entire campaign and qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the fourth consecutive season.
There were multiple accolades for individual players. Nikita Parris was named Football Writers' Association Women’s Footballer of the Year after scoring 19 goals in 19 games in the WSL, while Stanway won PFA Young Player of the Year and Steph Houghton won the PFA Merit Award for services to football. Houghton, Demi Stokes and Parris were all named in the PFA WSL Team of the Year.
In May, eight of our then-players were named in Phil Neville’s England squad for the 2019 World Cup in France, with Karen Bardsley, Houghton, Abbie McManus, Stokes, Walsh, Jill Scott, Stanway and Parris all receiving call-ups.
Earlier in the season, Houghton clocked up a century of England caps in November when she captained the Lionesses against Sweden, and Stanway and Ellie Roebuck, who have both been with City for more than four years, made their England debuts.