City’s women’s team celebrated the conclusion of another memorable campaign with our annual End of Season Awards.
Once again, due to social distancing restrictions with the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s awards ceremony, presented by Pioneer, was conducted digitally.
The ceremony was hosted by on our We're Not Really Here live matchday show ahead of our men's game against Newcastle United, as three City stars were presented with awards for the SCM Player of the Season, the Nissan Goal of the Season and Gatorade Rising Star.
A thrilling campaign saw Gareth Taylor's side lift the 2019/20 Women's FA Cup and push Chelsea all the way in the FA Women's Super League title race, showing incredible quality, resilience and determination to produce an incredible run of form from December.
The 2020 summer transfer window proved one to remember, as five superstar signings were recruited the ranks: World Cup winners Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle, Champions League winners Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood and England starlet Chloe Kelly; with USA defender Abby Dahlkemper to join in January.
All would prove influential in City's season but it was Kelly who scooped the SCM Player of the Season award in recognition of a sensational debut season, which saw the winger score 16 goals (including her first hat-trick for the Club) and provide 14 assists in 34 appearances.
Although her maiden campaign was sadly cut short by the news of an ACL injury, the ever-smiling forward is remaining positive and expressed her delight upon receiving the award.
"It feels brilliant," she beamed. "I'm very thankful to the fans who voted.
"I've enjoyed every minute of being here at this great Club. Long may it continue. I'm looking forward to continuing the journey.
"Obviously, my injury has brought a bump in the road but I'll be back stronger. I can't wait to get back on the pitch, wearing this badge.
"I'm so grateful to the fans who voted for me and who have welcomed me to this fantastic Club.
"I'm gutted I haven't been able to play in front of them or meet them yet but I definitely will get the chance next season - I'll be supporting the team as much as they will. I'll be City's number one fan!
"Thank you all. I'm excited for the future."
Relive the magic moment and hear Chloe's thoughts on a superb debut campaign in the video above...