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Football: Kim Little is big winner at FA Women’s Football Awards

June 30, 2010

The top talent in women’s football were honoured today at Wembley Stadium during the 12th annual FA Women’s Football Awards.

Kim-LittleArsenal midfielder, and birthday girl, Kim Little (pictured right and below left) was the biggest winner, picking up two separate awards, the Umbro Top Goalscorer (National Division) award and The FA Tesco Players’ Player of the Year award, after her 22-goal haul helped fire the Gunners to their seventh consecutive Women’s Premier League title.

Little’s club was named the Tesco Club of the Year after clinching their seventh consecutive League crown amid a raft of high profile departures and they came agonisingly close to winning another League and Cup double, only for Natasha Dowie’s late strike to deny them another piece of silverware and send The FA Women’s Cup up to Everton for the first time in 21 years.

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Meanwhile, one former Gunner, midfielder Katie Chapman (below right), who is now playing her trade in America for Chicago Red Stars, was named the Nationwide England International Player of the Year following a number of impressive performances for her country during their FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying campaign.

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Unfortunately, neither Little or Chapman were available to collect their awards but there were a number of other worthy recipients who did make it to Wembley’s Bobby Moore Suite for a celebration of women’s football.

One of these recipients was Leeds Carnegie manager Rick Passmoor who lifted The FA Tesco Manager of the Year (National Division) award after leading his club to a first domestic trophy in February, when two Ellen White goals helped Leeds beat Everton in The Final of The FA Women’s Premier League Cup. Under Passmoor’s stewardship, Leeds remained competitive in the National Division, finishing a credible fourth. They lost only five League matches all season and conceded the fewest number of goals of any side in the Division.

The awards were hosted by BBC Sport’s Jacqui Oatley and were attended by 250 of the biggest names in the women’s game, including representatives from the England Women’s senior squad.

One player who will be hoping to progress into that senior squad is Sunderland midfielder Jordan Nobbs (pictured above centre, with Denise Lewis) , the newly-crowned FA Young Player of the Year. Nobbs helped the England Women’s U19 team to European glory last summer and also helped them reach this year’s Final, where they lost to France.

There were notable mentions, too, for Sue Prior, who was presented with a Special Achievement award, and Liverpool WFC who picked up The FA Fair Play award after going the whole season without receiving a single red or yellow card.

The full list of all 14 award winners is as follows:

Umbro Top Goalscorer (National Division) Kim Little, Arsenal (22 goals)

Umbro Top Goalscorer (Northern Division) Cheryl Foster, Liverpool (16 goals)

Umbro Top Goalscorer (Southern Division) Stacey Sowden, Barnet (17 goals)

The FA Young Player of the Year Jordan Nobbs, Sunderland

The FA Club Media Award Leeds Carnegie

The FA Club Marketing Award Doncaster Rovers Belles

Tesco Manager of the Year (National Division) Rick Passmoor, Leeds Carnegie

Tesco Manager of the Year (Northern Division) Robbie Johnson, Liverpool

Tesco Manager of the Year (Southern Division) Tracey Kevins, Barnet

Tesco Club of the Year Award Arsenal

The FA Fair Play Award Liverpool

Nationwide England International Player of the Year Katie Chapman

Tesco Players’ Player of the Year Kim Little, Arsenal

The FA Special Achievement Award Sue Prior

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
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