Liverpool Ladies celebrated back-to-back Women's Super League title success with their annual Player of the Year awards dinner at Anfield on Monday evening, with Ian Ayre in attendance as six accolades were presented.


Vitality, the club's official wellness partner, hosted the occasion at the historic trophy room at the Reds' first team stadium, as manager Matt Beard and his charges were recognised for another landmark campaign.

Women's football has rarely, if ever, witnessed a more dramatic day than that last month when the Ladies jumped from third to first and retained their championship in scarcely believable circumstances.

At the ceremony, Fara Williams collected two prizes, being named Manager's Player of the Year and receiving a special recognition award from chief executive officer Ayre following her record-breaking 130th cap for England.

American goalkeeper Libby Stout was picked as the Players' Player of the Year, Katie Zelem scooped Young Player of the Year and defender Becky Easton was crowned the Supporters' Player of the Year following a poll on the Ladies' official Facebook page.

Lucy Bronze, meanwhile, was voted the first ever winner of the Vitality Player of the Season, an honour that takes into consideration an individual's high fitness levels, staying active inside and outside football, plus maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

She said: "It is a real honour for me to be the first winner of the Vitality Player of the Season. I have received personal accolades previously for my performances on the pitch, but to be recognised for my professionalism and lifestyle off the pitch is something I am extremely proud of."

Nick Read, director of Vitality, commented: "Many congratulations to Lucy Bronze on receiving the Vitality Player of the Season 2014 award, to Liverpool Ladies Football Club on their title and all other winners from the evening.

"Vitality is delighted to be able to partner with this event in our first year of sponsoring Liverpool Ladies and Lucy Bronze is fully deserving of her recognition towards helping the team secure back-to-back titles."

Ladies manager Beard added: "The event was a fantastic occasion and an opportunity to recognise another fantastic season for the Liverpool Ladies."