Fran Kirby, who played in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat in the first leg of the Women’s Champions League semi-final on Sunday, won the women’s player of the year award, while Bristol City’s Lauren Hemp was named young player of the year
Kirby,24, has been an inspiration for the swashbuckling Blues this year, and has netted 22 goals in all competitions so far this term to help the west Londoners run amok.
Kirby was one of five players from unbeaten Women’s Super League leaders Chelsea to be shortlisted for the award, with Millie Bright, Ji So-yun, Maren Mjelde and Ramona Bachmann joining her and Manchester City’s Jill Scott.
“It’s pretty special for me,” the former Reading striker said at Sunday night’s ceremony at the Grosvenor House in central London.
“It’s very humbling because it’s voted for by the people I play against week in, week out, so I’m absolutely delighted to win.
“A massive thank you to everyone who has voted for me and to my team-mates who helped me get here.”
She continued: “In every game that I play in, I try to do something that I’ll remember after the game.
“It’s been such a whirlwind of a season and, having come off an injury last season, the highlight has been being able to play week in, week out without getting any injuries.”