Members of the football community from across the North East gathered at the Ramside Hotel in Durham on Sunday 5th March to celebrate the achievements and careers of those who have dedicated many years to the sport and also the outstanding performances and personalities of the past year.
Durham and Northern Ireland midfielder/defender Sarah Robson picked up the Women’s Player of the Year award for 2022, the second successive season that she has received this accolade. Her excellent individual displays at the UEFA Women’s EURO have been matched by her consistently high standards for her club side Durham. In January she made her 150th appearance for the club and skipper Sarah Wilson paid her this tribute:
“I’m so happy to see Mac win this award for the second year in a row. It’s so well deserved and it’s amazing to see her being recognised for her achievements within the game.
“Mac is so important to our team and our club, she sets the standard every single day, she is a true professional. The way she looks after us all, checking in and pushing us to be better. She is a great role model not only to our younger players but myself too.
“What she has achieved with the National team will go down in history, she was a huge part of their success and will continue to be beyond her playing days I am sure. On the biggest stage last year in the euros, Mac showed everyone what she was truly made of going up against the best in the world. We are all so proud of her. She is an exceptional player and most importantly such and incredible person and very good friend. Congratulations Mac!”
Amazing and very grateful to be presented with the North East Football Writers trophy last night for 2022 in front of some of the biggest superstars in the game.
Humbled to win it for a second ver when there are so many players worthy in this region… Here's to 2023 👵🏼💙💚 pic.twitter.com/0wIi8pQ2jS
— Sarah Robson (@Sarahmacmac) March 6, 2023
The most prestigious award was saved until last and was presented to a Lionesses legend, as Jill Scott MBE was named the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation’s North East Football Personality of the Year. Joined by her family and partner Shelley, Jill spent much of the evening cheerfully posing for a succession of selfies and chatting with the great and the good of North East football and gave this gracious and engaging interview with host Ian Dennis…