Kit scoops FA Award Double
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 2:35PM UTC, Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Kit Graham became the second successive Charlton women’s team player to win the FA Women’s Premier League South Players’ Player of the Year award recently.
As voted by players from the 11 other teams in the division, Graham followed in Sam Pittuck’s footsteps in securing the trophy, that she collected during the FA Women’s Football Awards at Wembley earlier in December.
Even better, it was a double award win for Graham, who also collected her FAWPL Golden Boot, after netting 54 goals in all competitions last term.
31 of those came in just 22 league matches, making the golden boot award a formality – she finished a full 10 goals ahead of her nearest challenger, “partner in crime” Gemma Shepherd, who also attended the awards night along with club secretary Sue Prior.
However, Graham admitted to being (probably the only one that was) surprised she won the Player of the Year award.
“I was obviously a bit nervous to have to walk up anyway so to have to go up twice was a bit nerve-wracking,” she said of collecting the awards.
“Of course I’m grateful; you know people have thought about you so that’s obviously nice. It’s a good feeling and a proud moment.
“It was a good night and I was glad Gem could support me, and Sue; she does a lot for the club and she likes that sort of night so it was nice to have her alongside me.”
Not only did Graham hit 54 goals last season, she also became the Addicks’ women’s all-time top goalscorer, surpassing England international Eniola Aluko’s record.
She also became only the seventh Charlton player to join the 100 appearance club – all this at the tender age of 19. The now-20-year-old is just eight away from a century of goals as well.
She added: “Breaking the record last season was my highlight, rather than getting recognition for it but it is nice to be recognised, even though I’m a bit awkward and I don’t really like [the attention]!
“It’s a nice feeling, to be so young as well and I’ve got so many more goals to come, it’s going to be hopefully tough to beat.
“I like having a milestone and when the girls get their trophies [for 100 appearances] it’s a proud moment, and it was for me. Just got to hit that 150, the 200 [now].”
Shepherd currently sits atop the FAWPL South goalscoring charts alongside Portsmouth’s Nigerian international Ini Umotong, with just over half of the current campaign gone, having netted 13 in just 11 matches.
Graham is looking forward to rekindling their partnership when the campaign resumes in the New Year – an ominous sign for the other teams fighting for the title, as Charlton sit nine points off leaders Brighton but have three games in hand.
Graham said: “I think me and Gem are just on a wavelength with each other and we understand each other.
“She sets up as many goals as I set up for her… maybe last season not as much – she set me up a lot!