Ellie Manning Crowned Player of the Year

Gillingham Ladies defender Ellie Manning was crowned Player of the Year as the club celebrated the end of the season at the Gillingham FC End of Season Presentation at Priestfield Stadium.
Ellie POTY

Gills Vice Captain was voted for by her team-mates and was presented with her trophy by Manager Simon Ratcliffe.

Centre of Excellence graduate and Girls Academy student Georgia Reece was awarded Young Player of the Year during an evening which saw the men’s and women’s celebrations historically unite for the first time.

Manning expressed her shock at receiving the award: ” I’m really surprised, I did not expect Simon to call my name in a million years.”

“It was an extremely special moment for me. I’ve loved my first season with Gills, the girls have been fantastic and whilst we’ve had some tough times it’s been a pleasure. I’m delighted to pick up this award and thank the girls for voting for me.”

“To join the men’s team and be part of the evening as a whole club makes the evening even more special. I was quite overwhelmed walking up on stage and to see people standing for me was incredible.”

“The girls appreciate all the support we’ve got this season. The end of season celebrations highlighted what a special club Gillingham is and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Chairman Paul Scally congratulated the girls for their commitment and endeavours during their first season under the club’s umbrella.

“Gills Ladies are part of the professional team here. I think it’s important for us politically, as a business and a football club to develop our women’s football here. We of course have our Centre of Excellences for the girls that come through up to the age of 17 and now what it allows us to do is develop them into the professional ladies team.”

They’ve done really well this season and they are part of tonight’s event, as they should be. They’ve all done very well and with the effort and style they play we look forward to taking that further.”

Watch the season review by clicking here.

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