FWA Live – Lampard and Scott on fine form

Our latest FWA Live was a great success, with England Legends Frank Lampard and Alex Scott joining Carrie Brown, Neil Ashton and Paul McCarthy on a panel to discuss the FA Cup final, World Cup and many other topics.

Supported by our title sponsors William Hill, it was held at the Landmark Hotel, London, on Thursday May 17 and covered a lot of ground.  Frank and Alex kindly donated their fees to charity. Frank donated his to the Matthew Harding Trust while Alex supported Millwall Lionesses, who are struggling to survive.

The panel was split 3-2 in Manchester United’s favour on the outcome of the FA Cup final, and Germany were most widely tipped to win the World Cup, with England expected to reach the quarter-finals according to our panellists.

The audience, which included a number of sports journalism students tutored by FWA member Brendan McLoughlin at the University of Gloucester, were able ask questions of Frank and Alex, who were happy to pose for photos and autographs afterwards.

There was also a good turnout from members of the FWA national committee.

Look out on the FWA YouTube channel for footage from the evening over the coming days.

https://www.youtube.com/user/fwaofficial/featured

(Left to right) Carrie Brown journalist, Frank Lampard former England international and Chelsea player, Paul McCarthy Executive Secretary of the FWA, Alex Scott former England international and Arsenal Ladies player and Neil Ashton journalist during the William Hill FWA Live event at the Landmark Hotel, London.

(Left to right) Carrie Brown journalist, Frank Lampard former England international and Chelsea player, Paul McCarthy Executive Secretary of the FWA, Alex Scott former England international and Arsenal Ladies player and Neil Ashton journalist during the William Hill FWA Live event at the Landmark Hotel, London.

(Left to right) Carrie Brown journalist, Frank Lampard former England international and Chelsea player, Paul McCarthy Executive Secretary of the FWA, Alex Scott former England international and Arsenal Ladies player and Neil Ashton journalist during the William Hill FWA Live event at the Landmark Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Salah and Kirby collect FWA awards

Mo Salah of Liverpool and Fran Kirby of Chelsea Ladies collected their Footballer and Womens Footballer of the Year awards at the Football Writes’ Association’s annual dinner in London on Thursday May 10.

Both stars were enormously popular winners and gave thanked the FWA and their football colleagues in their speeches. Both had other commitments in their busy schedules – Kirby left later in the evening to attend Chelsea’s awards night, while Salah flew in by private jet from Liverpool’s own awards event.

FWA Chairman Patrick Barclay handed Salah’s award to the Liverpool striker, who is the first African and Arabic player to win the award, which has been running since 1948.  Phil Neville, manager of the England Women’s team, presented Kirby’s award and raised a toast to the FWA.

The evening was attended by a host of stars from the world of football including former Footballers of the Year Pat Jennings and Gary Lineker. Chris Hughton of Brighton was one of the many managers in attendance, along with other players from past and present, including Peter Crouch, Joe Jordan, Pat Nevin, Lawrie McMenemy, Tony Cascarino, Alan Smith, and many more.

Mo Salah said: “I am always happy when I think I’ve achieved something and get awards. I work hard for that. I always want to work hard for my team. I was here four years ago (with Chelsea) and a lot of people were saying ‘he couldn’t play in the Premier League and it is very difficult for him’, so it was always in my mind to come back

“From the day I left Chelsea it was always in my mind to come back to make them wrong. So now I make them wrong. I’m not the same player. I improved a lot in Rome but I can’t say everything is down to me. The team-mates maybe different, the coach and staff, they make my game easier and they always help me ion and off the pitch, so I have to thank all of them.”

Fran Kirby said:  “This awards is massive for me and my family, it is amazing for the women’s game. Hopefully you can see the dedication we are putting into it, on and off the pitch. It is a massive achievement for me and for women’s football. I hope we continue to get your support throughout all the seasons, because it really is going to the next level.”

Phil Neville raised a toast to Sir Alex Ferguson as his former manager recovers from illness. The England women’s team manager then presented the FWA’s first Women’s Footballer of the Year award to Fran Kirby saying: “She is my little number 10, the one I look to to unlock the door with individual brilliance.

“She has had an unbelievable season for England and Chelsea, I saw her score a fabulous goal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. She is a special player who has had an unbelievable season, which I have seen week in and week out, as well as three or four camps with England. She wants to be the best footballer in the world and she will achieve that with her dedication, but Fran is a fantastic person as well.”

Former FWA chairmen Steve Bates and Paul Hetherington were also awarded life-memberships of the FWA for their tremendous service over the years.

Chelsea Ladies Fran Kirby poses with FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018 awards during the FWA Footballer of the Year Dinner at The Landmark Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 10, 2018. Photo credit: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah the FWA Footballer of the Year 2018 awards during the FWA Footballer of the Year Dinner at The Landmark Hotel, London.

England Legends at FWA Live on May 17

England legends Frank Lampard, Alex Scott and Paul Parker will be our special guests at the next FWA Live, to be held at the Landmark Hotel London on Thursday May 17.

Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard and Arsenal Women’s star Scott both reached over 100 caps for England, while former QPR and Manchester United defender Parker’s international highlight was reaching the World Cup semi-final against West Germany in 1990.

They will be previewing the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United and also discussing this summer’s World Cup, and in particular England’s prospects.

The three will be joined on stage by leading FWA members Carrie Brown, Paul McCarthy, Neil Ashton in the popular Question Time-style format.  Our last FWA Live, featuring Arsene Wenger, Les Ferdinand and Gary Lineker among others, raised thousands for the Grenfell tragedy charities.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the charities of the players’ choices.  Tickets are £25 which includes a free drink. and are likely to sell out quickly again.  Get them at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-of-england-legends-tickets-45647370514

 

VENUE: Empire Room, Landmark Hotel, 222 Marylebone Road, London NW1 6JQ

TIME: Doors open 7.00pm

DATE: Thursday May 17

TICKETS: £25.00

Alex Scott

Frank Lampard

Paul Parker

Footballer of the Year – voting deadline tonight

A reminder that voting closes at midnight tonight (April 30) for the Footballer of the Year, so if you have yet to cast your vote, make sure you do so today.  Mohammed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne are among the front-runners, but you are, of course, free to vote for whichever player you consider, by precept and example, to be the Footballer of the Year.  Last year’s winner was N’Golo Kante, who finished ajhead of Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Dele Alli.

The winner will be announced tomorrow (Tuesday May 1) at 10am, and will be honoured at the Footballer of the Year dinner on May 10th at the Landmark Hotel.

All FWA members can vote via the link on this website, or by email or phone to FWA Executive Secretary Paul McCarthy

Fran Kirby is FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year

Fran Kirby, the Chelsea Ladies and England striker, is the first winner of the Footballer Writers’ Association’s Women’s Footballer of the Year award.

Kirby, 24, has scored 22 goals this season for Chelsea who lead the FA Women’s Super League, have reached the final of the Women’s FA Cup and the semi-finals of the Uefa Women’s Champions League. She also starred for England as they reached the semi-finals of Euro 2017.

Kirby was the overwhelming choice of the 22-strong panel of expert members of the FWA. Having led the preliminary vote from which a shortlist was drawn up she scooped more than 50 per cent of the final tally. Jodie Taylor, who won the Golden Boot at Euro 2017, and is now at Seattle Reign having also played for Arsenal and Melbourne Victory during the last 12 months, came second.

Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Izzy Christiansen (Manchester City) and Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal) made up the rest of the short-list.

Kirby said: “I was really proud to be nominated in the first place but to actually win is a real honour. To be the first recipient of this honour and award is so special.”

Patrick Barclay, FWA Chairman, said: “Congratulations to Fran Kirby on being such a worthy winner of this historic vote by an expert panel of FWA members.

“I can’t help thinking of our first Footballer Of The Year vote back in 1947, when the winner was one of England’s most admired players of all time, Sir Stanley Matthews. Now, after Stan, comes Fran – she’ll always be first in what will become a long list of Women’s Footballers Of The Year.

“It was a great achievement to emerge from such a strong short list and let’s hope Fran can take inspiration as Chelsea prepare for a tough second leg in Germany.”

Kirby will be presented with her award, alongside the Footballer of the Year, at the FWA’s annual awards dinner on May 10 at the Landmark Hotel in London.

Fran Kirby

Footballer of the Year voting

Voting has opened for Footballer of the Year, and all FWA members should by now have received an email with a code for online voting.  If you have not received an email, however, or would like to register your vote by email, phone, text or post, please contact our executive secretary Paul McCarthy on paul@maccamedia.co.uk or 07831 650977 .  Voting closes on midnight April 30th.

Women’s Footballer of the Year shortlist

Five members of Phil Neville’s England squad have been voted on to the shortlist for the FWA’s inaugural Women’s Footballer of the Year award. The short-list was chosen by a 22-strong expert panel, drawn from members of the Football Writers’ Association who report on women’s football.

The five are (in alphabetical order): Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Arsenal/Melbourne City/Seattle Reign)

Two young English players, Millie Bright (Chelsea) and Nikita Parris (Man City) were very close to making the cut, as was Arsenal’s Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema.

Votes were also received by (in alphabetical order, English unless stated): Eni Aluko (Chelsea), Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Ji So-yun (Chelsea & South Korea), Hedvig Lindahl (Chelsea & Sweden), Maren Mjelde (Chelsea & Norway), Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland), Keira Walsh (Man City), Ellen White (Birmingham City).

The winner will be announced later in the season, after further deliberations.

SHORT-LIST

Lucy Bronze (Lyon) . Voted into the team of the tournament at Euro 2016 after which she left Manchester City for Lyon, the French and European champions. Defender who led England at the recent She Believes Cup.

 

Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City)  Maturing attacking midfielder who creates and scores goals. Joined from Birmingham City in 2014 and has been a key figure in Manchester City’s rise.

 

Fran Kirby (Chelsea) . Leading scorer this season with 15 goals in 20 domestic appearances. Signed by Chelsea from Reading for a rumoured record fee in 2015 and scored consistently since.

 

Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal) England vice-captain who shone at Euro 2016 and has been at the heart of Arsenal’s revival. Midfielder with a penchant for spectacular goals.

 

Jodie Taylor (Arsenal/Melbourne City/Seattle Reign) Golden Boot winner at Euro 2016 who has since scored for Arsenal, Melbourne City (including the winner in the W-League Grand Final), and now Seattle.

The FWA’s panel will meet again to decide on the winner ahead of the Footballer of the Year dinner on May 10th

 

FWA members clean up at SJA Journalism Awards

FWA Members scooped some of the top prizes once again at the Sports Journalists’ Association’s annual awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster on Monday February 26.

Danny Taylor of the Guardian led the way with the most prestigious prize, as Sportswriter of the Year, as well as being voted Football writer of the Year.

Danny’s predecessor as Sportswriter of the Year for the past two years, Paul Hayward, won the Columnist of the Year category this time, while his Telegraph colleague Jeremy Wilson was voted Investigative Sports Reporter of the Year for his groundbreaking work highlighting the links between football and dementia.

The Mail’s Matt Lawton won Sports News Reporter for a remarkable fourth successive time, while the Regional Journalist award went to Chris Wathan who has just joined the BBC from Media Wales.

And there was a special award for David Walker, the outgoing Mirror sports editor, who won the Doug Gardner award for services to sports journalism.

Numerous FWA members were also shortlisted and commended in many categories. You can see a full list of the prize-winners at the SJA website here:

 https://www.sportsjournalists.co.uk/awards-news/the-guardians-taylor-takes-top-sja-honour/

Danny Taylor receives his Sportswriter of the Year award from FWA Life Member and SJA President Pat Collins

Defoe, Benitez, Lascelles and Pickford collect awards

Jermain Defoe led a star-studded awards evening at the North East Football Writers’ Association annual dinner at the Ramside Hall in Durham on Sunday night.

The Bournemouth striker collected a special award from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation for his work with Bradley Lowery as the young Sunderland fan fought an ultimately unsuccessful fight against cancer.

Defoe was presented with his award by Bradley’s mum Gemma, in an emotional moment on  a glittering evening.   Rafa Benitez was rewarded for winning the Championship title with Newcastle last season, while United captain Jamaal Lascelles collected the NE Player of the Year trophy, which he won in tandem with team-mate Matt Ritchie.

Jordan Pickford was named NE Young Player of the Year for the second season running, and there were also awards for two of the North East’s finest journalists – George Caulkin of the Times and Ray Robertson, who organised the dinner for many years and was honoured with Life Membership of the FWA.

Congratulations must go to Colin Young for organising another successful evening in his tireless way, and also to our title sponsors William Hill for their support.

Watch out for more reports and video from the event…