Emma Hayes and Bethany England have been honoured with well-deserved awards. The pair are awarded as the Barclays FA WSL manager and player of the season.
Our blue winners were announced in an award ceremony with England and Arsenal legends Ian Wright and Kelly Smith on Thursday:
Emma Hayes has had a fantastic season, coaching the Blues’ for the seventh season, she can be proud of her side and her efforts. Chelsea FC Women went through the season 2019/20 completely unbeaten with 12 victories and three draws.
The Blues’ were at the top of the Women’s Super League table when the COVID-19 pandemic struck and terminated the season. The FA later declared Chelsea as champions based on a points-per-game system, giving the Blues’ the title even though they had one game less played than second-placed Manchester City.
Before the country went into lockdown, Hayes and her side added the long-awaited trophy after beating Arsenal with 2-1 in the Continental Tyres League Cup back in February. This game turned out to be the last game of the season for the Blues’.
Emma Hayes was decided as the manager of the year by her colleagues, the managers from the other Women’s Super League teams as well as from a panel of experts in women’s football and public votes on social media.
The other nominated managers were Nick Cushing (Manchester City), Willie Kirk (Everton), Karen Hill/ Juan Amoros (Tottenham Hotspur) and Casey Stoney (Manchester United).
Player of the year award to our No. 9
Bethany England’s season has been remarkably successful. She started the season with a screamer when Chelsea played Tottenham at a historical opening first round for the Women’s Super League when the Blues’ hosted Spurs at Stamford Bridge. The game’s result was 1-0 and from there, England’s massive season was just getting started.
Throughout the season she did 15 appearances for the Blues, ending up scoring 14 goals.
The story of Bethany England is a fairytale with the happiest ending there is. Being on loan with Liverpool for the season 2017/18 she has bounced back massively. To say that she is one of the Blues’ most important players seems underrated. Alongside her success in Chelsea England also finally got to do her debut for the Lionesses last August. It is safe to say that Bethany England will become a significant player for the national team as well.
She is Bethany England, our No.9!
Massive congratulations to Barclay’s WSL manager and player of the season 2019/20 – Emma Hayes and Bethany England!