Simone O’Brien nominated for Berkshire Football Award

Simone O'Brien. Photo: Darren Woolley.
Simone O'Brien. Photo: Darren Woolley.
Maidenhead United Women's Simone O'Brien for a Berkshire Football Award in the category of Player of the Season (Female). Nominations are open until Monday 27th May 2024

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Simone O’Brien is up for a Berkshire Football Award in the category of Player of the Season (Female).

The nomination we received for the award said: “Simone O’Brien is the very embodiment of triumph in adversity. Having suffered a cruel leg break in 2022/23 for the second time in as many years, Simone has battled back to fitness and – having turned 30 this season – is playing some of her best football for Maidenhead United Women.

“At the time of writing, the pacy and skillful forward has thirteen goals for the campaign and has already broken the scoring record for Maidenhead United Women in a FAWNL campaign in a side which has also set new club record FAWNL points and goals tally. The team also made further club history with a run to the Second Round of the Women’s FA Cup for the first time ever, O’Brien scoring crucial goals in victories against Richmond & Kew and Sutton United during that memorable run.

“When not scoring Simone is creating – she has an impressive 13 assists this season. She is also an excellent mentor to the younger players in Ed Jackson-Norris’s promising team, developing a particularly fruitful understanding with fellow forwards Izzy Stockton and Macey-Nikiah Walters.

“Like any top-quality footballer should be, Simone is a role model who is happy to pass on her experience and expertise to others. Simone has inaugurated women’s walking football sessions at Maidenhead United FC and these sessions have grown to the extent that for the first time ever this season MUFC were able to field a women’s walking football team in the Thames Valley Walking Football League. And what a success they have been under the influence of Simone – winning two of their first round of four fixtures.”

Agree that Simone O’Brien should be up for the Player of the Season (Female) award? Or do you have someone else in mind? Let us know in the nomination form below:

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Scroll down to the bottom of this article for the nomination form. Before you do that though, here’s what the judging panel are looking for when choosing the shortlist.

What’s the story? Tell us exactly why the person or place should be considered. We hate to get all ‘X Factor journey’ on you but the more detail you can include, the better we can argue for your nominee for the short list.

The sort of details we love to see include things like player awards, goals, clean sheets and any other significant contributions to the footballing community – obviously within the 2023/24 season.

We’ll publish all the nominees for the Berkshire Football Awards as we receive them.

You can view all the 2024 nominees so far here.

Want to know who’s previously won what at the Berkshire Football Awards? There’s a big long page with all the previous winners here.

Nominations will be open until midday on Monday 27th May 2024.

The Long List will be published on Wednesday 29th May and the Short List on Friday 31st May.

Once nomination window has closed, the nominations in each category will be put before a panel of judges for a decision, the top four announced online and the winners at the awards night on Wednesday 19th June.

We will accept nominations for people out of area, the only prerequisite is that the reason for nomination is that it must be because of an affiliation with a club we cover on Football in Berkshire (a full list is at the bottom of this page). We will present certificates and a trophy to the winners.

  • You can nominate as many people as you like for each award
  • Please try and avoid nominating your own family members.
  • Due to difficulties in obtaining permissions under child protection laws we won’t consider any player under the age of 16 for nomination in any of the categories

Nomination Form

Nominations for the 2024 Berkshire Football Awards are now closed!

What’s next? Look out for the Long List of all the nominations which will be published here and across all our channels by midday on Monday 27th May 2024.

The Short List for each category will then be published at midday on Wednesday 29th May 2024. At that point, tickets will be made available to attend the awards night at Double-Barrelled Brewery in Reading on the evening of Wednesday 19th June 2024. If you’d like notification of when tickets are available, sign up to our newsletter here.

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