Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw named Football Writers’ Association Women’s Footballer of the Year

Reggae Girlz striker Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw has been voted the 2024 Football Writers’ Association Women’s Footballer of the Year.

The 27 year old won the award after dazzling for Manchester City in the Women’s Super League where she scored a competition best 21 goals and also became the only player in WSL history to have a goal contribution in 10 consecutive matches, before she was sidelined with a season ending injury in April.

In winning, the Jamaican international pipped Chelsea’s Lauren James with the two taking 80 per cent of what was a record number of votes for the Women’s Footballer of the Year.

She said: “I am very proud and privileged to have received this award and to be recognised in this way is a special honour. I want to also thank all of my team-mates. They provide me with the chances to score goals and I could not have won this award without them.

“I also owe such a lot to Gareth, the rest of the coaching team and everyone else here at City. It’s a pleasure to be part of such a special group.

“Many thanks to all who voted for me and to my fellow nominees. It means such a lot to have won this award. Hopefully the side can now finish off the season in style and give everyone special cause to celebrate.”

With Manchester City clubmate Phil Foden lifting the Men’s Footballer of the Year award for 2024, Shaw’s win means Manchester City players have taken both major awards for the second time in five years, after Raheem Sterling and Nikita Parris were honoured by the Football Writers’ Association in 2019.

Foden won the Men’s award receiving took 42 per cent of the votes to finish ahead of Arsenal’s Declan Rice and City team-mate Rodri.

The 23 year old has had a stellar season, with 24 goals and 10 assists for Pep Guardiola’s side as they chase a Premier League and FA Cup double. He is the third City player in the past four years to win football’s oldest individual award, following team-mates Erling Haaland last year and Ruben Dias in 2021.

Both winners (Shaw & Foden) will be honoured at the Footballer of the Year dinner in London on Thursday May 16.


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