A Liverpool FC employee has been recognised for her commitment and 45 years of service to the club with the 'Unsung Hero' accolade at TheStadiumBusiness Awards in London this week.

Now in its fifth year, the event recognises leadership, innovation and achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally.

More than 300 key industry executives were in attendance for the ceremony at the RAF Museum in the capital, where retail catering manager Cathy Cubbin collected the special honour.

The judging panel, composed of representatives from around the world, noted Cathy's 'extremely professional approach, pro-active attitude and strategic vision'.

Indeed, she saw off competition from shortlisted nominees hailing from the USA and Sweden in addition to four contenders from the United Kingdom.

Cathy said: "I was surprised and shocked at being nominated for this award, never mind winning it.

"I could not have achieved this sort of success without the team I work with, so I would like to thank Paul Cuttill for his leadership and encouragement and all my colleagues who have made it possible to achieve this accolade.

"We have achieved so much as a team here at the stadium this year and look forward to continued success behind the scenes at Anfield."

The Family Park at the Reds' home ground, which provides activities and entertainment on every matchday, was also nominated for the 'Project of the Year' award.