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The FA Women's Football Awards ceremony celebrates achievements in women's football, the first FA Awards ceremony was held in April 1999.
 
Top players and coaches attend the awards ceremony along with FA Premier League club representatives, the media and guests from sport and government.
 
 
FA WOMENS FOOTBALL AWARDS 2006
 

Women's Soccer Scene
It's a very proud moment - Kelly
 Women's Football News 28 May 2006
 
Kelly Smith's first full season back in English football has been a highly successful one. 
 
The star striker helped Arsenal towards the League and Cup 'double', scoring a penalty in the F.A.Women's Cup Final, and was the National Division's top goalscorer for the first time, with a goal tally of 18.
 
Kelly's contribution was recognised by her fellow players as she was voted as the Players' Player of the Year at last week's F.A.Women's Football Awards at The Brewery in London. It is the sixth year in a row that an Arsenal player has carried off the prestigious award.
 
"I'm absolutely thrilled to have won this award," Kelly told Women's Soccer Scene afterwards. "I wasn't expecting it by any means but I have accepted this award from all my peers who have voted for me, so I want to thank them for that. It's a very proud moment for me.
 
"I've been in America for seven years and to come back and win the Player's Player Award and be Top Goalscorer is a big honour."
 
After a catalogue of serious injuries in recent years, Kelly is also delighted with playing regular football once more. "I've got a good 20+ games under my belt this season," she says. "In the past five seasons, I've played about five or seven games per season because of injury, although my body's hurting a bit from a long season and I am resting now.
 
"I'm looking to get started again - hopefully we'll get some new signings in at Arsenal during the summer which will strengthen our squad and get going again.
 
"During mid-season I was really loving it and enjoying playing. I felt really fir and ready to go, and playing with such a great Arsenal team is an honour."
 
The summer will present a seemingly rare challenge for Kelly - pre-season training. "I've never done it in England!" she quips. "I'm looking forward to it, working for 4 or 5 days a week so hopefully the sun will be out and it will be easier to train."

 
Wommen's Football TV - click here  Kelly Smith Players' Player of the Year talks at the FA Awards Ceremony May 2006 (click the TV - high speed broadband required)
 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Karen thrilled at second award
 Women's Football News 28 May 2006
 
A eventful year for Karen Carney was crowned in style as the Birmingham City winger was named as Young Player of the Year for the second season in succession.
 
Karen becomes the first player to win the award in successive seasons and rounds off a year in which she starred in Euro 2005, appeared in the UEFA Under-19 Championships, established herself as a regular in the England side and fought a successful battle against relegation with Birmingham.
 
"It's been a really good 12 months," Karen told Women's Soccer Scene. "I went to Euro 2005 and with the under-19s and they were two good experiences.
 
"Birmingham have done considerably well, with all the problems that were going on, so it has been a nice cap to the end of the season.
 
"It's a really big achievement and quite a big shock to be honest. I think Lianne Sanderson has been outstanding for Arsenal this season - she would have been in the running for (the award) and deserves a good mention as well. But on a personal level it's a good achievement, especially for two years running so I am very happy with that.
 
After severe financial problems last summer, Birmingham started the season late and battled against relegation for virtually the whole of the campaign before climbing away in the last few matches. "We won four games on the bounce and finished joint fifth," says Karen. "That is down to the hard work the manager and the players have put in.
 
"It will be a big relief. I think we have got some sponsorship for the next two years so it's more comfortable now and let's have a good season next time."

 
Wommen's Football TV - click here  Karen Carney Young Player of the Year talks at the FA Awards Ceremony May 2006 (click the TV - high speed broadband required)
 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
End of a lot of hard work - Andy
 Women's Football News 28 May 2006
 
Blackburn Rovers manager Andy McNally created history by becoming the first from outside the National Division to win the Manager of the Year Award.
 
Andy was rewarded for leading Blackburn to the Northern Division title with an unbeaten record, and promotion to the top flight of women's football for the first time in the club's history. "It's nice as a manager to get an individual award," Andy told Women's Soccer Scene, "but I give a lot of that credit to the players and the backroom staff that helped me achieve it. When you're winning things, the awards seem to keep coming and its nice but it's all the end of a lot of hard work."
 
Andy also paid tribute to the players who emerged as Champions after a hard battle for the title. "The players have done really well," he says. "I don't think any team can set out to be unbeaten at the beginning of a season, you just try to get a run going but for a lot of the season. We've been looking over our shoulders at Liverpool and Nottingham Forest but we kept our belief and the players remained focused and managed to get a gap at the end to secure it."
 
Now Andy must turn his thoughts to the challenge of playing National Division football and competing with the best teams in the country. "I've got a plan in my mind of what I want to do and getting to the Premiership completed it, so now what we need to do is draw up another plan for Premiership survival. You have to have short term and long term plans.
 
"We had a three year plan to threaten to be in the Premiership and weve done it in the quickest possible way really. Last season we came third and I feel that some of this award is for the work we did last season with the amount of players we moved on - and thats difficult - and the ones we brought in from our scouting, so it's been continuous and we havent had time to stop and assess.
 
"I'm well aware of the record of teams going up to the Premiership and coming down and the top of my planning will be the first season and trying to get a foothold."

 
Wommen's Football TV - click here  Manager of the Year Andy McNally of Blackburn Rovers interviewed at the FA Awards Ceremony (click the TV - high speed broadband required)
 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Kelly Smith carries off top award
 Women's Football News 20 May 2006
 
Kelly Smith took the biggest accolade at the F.A.Women's Football Awards as she was chosen as Nationwide Players' Player of the Year by her fellow players.
 
The Arsenal and England star collected two awards in total, as she was also the recipient of the Umbro Top Goalscorer award for the National Division.
 
Karen Carney also celebrated a double success by winning the Young Player of the Year award for the second year in succession.
 
The prize of Nationwide International Player of the Year went to Rachel Unitt, who won the trophy for the second time after finishing on top of a poll voted for by visitors to TheFA.com website.
 
There was a surprise winner of the Nationwide Manager of the Year award, which was won by Blackburn Rovers boss Andy McNally who guided his team to the Northern Division Championship with an unbeaten record.
 
It was a good day for league newcomers, who picked up four awards between them. Newcastle Utd were chosen as Club of the Year, West Ham Utd carried off the Fair Play Award and Nottingham Forest went away with two trophies.
 
Watford striker Helen Lander was rewarded for a marvellous season as her 31 goals earned her the Southern Division Top Goalscorer award, whilst the equivalent in the Northern Division was young Tranmere Rovers forward Vicky Abbott who netted 21 times. Birmingham City Secretary Sue Hector, who played an important role in the club's survival through a torrid summer, was honoured with the Special Achievement Award.
 
It was also a memorable day for Women's Soccer Scene as we were presented with the FA National Media Award for coverage of women's football. Thank you to everyone who has assisted us along the way!
 
The full 2005-2006 winners' list:
 
Players' Player of the Year Kelly Smith (Arsenal)
International Player of the Year Rachel Unitt (Everton)
Young Player of the Year Karen Carney (Birmingham City)
Manager of the Year Andrew McNally (Blackburn Rovers)
FA Special Achievement Award Sue Hector (Birmingham City)
National Division Top Goalscorer Kelly Smith (Arsenal)
Northern Division Top Goalscorer Vicky Abbott (Tranmere Rovers)
Southern Division Top Goalscorer Helen Lander (Watford)
Club of the Year Newcastle United
Club Media Award Nottingham Forest
Club Marketing Award Leeds United
Best Programme Award Nottingham Forest
Fair Play Award West Ham United
FA National Media Award Women's Soccer Scene
FA Regional Media Award Birmingham Evening Mail

 
 

 
 
 
 
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