Lucy Bronze named player of the year

Lucy Bronze. Photo by Michael Regan.
Lucy Bronze. Photo by Michael Regan.

In what has been an incredible week for the north Northumberland footballer, Lucy Bronze has been named FA women’s player of the year.

The 24-year-old from Alnwick earned the accolade last night at the Football Association Women’s Football Awards.

Berwick-born Bronze, who played as a youngster for Belford in the Glendale League, was an integral member of the England Women’s team which made history by finishing third at this year’s World Cup in Canada.

The Manchester City defender was named on the eight-player shortlist for the Golden Ball player of the tournament award after scoring twice, including a cracking winner from the edge of the area against Norway to propel the Lionesses into the quarter-finals.

Her second came in the last-eight clash against the hosts and helped secure a semi-final berth, where there was late heartbreak for England against Japan. However, there was some redemption as the squad bounced back to beat arch-rivals Germany in the third-placed play-off.

It follows the former Duchess’s Community High School pupil and Alnwick Town Junior becoming the first female footballer to be nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award earlier this week.