Sam Scoops FA Award
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 2:29PM GMT, Tuesday, 18 November 2014
The Charlton women’s team striker Sam Pittuck was named FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South Players’ Player of the Year 2013/14 at the FA Women’s Football Awards last week.
Pittuck beat off competition from Portsmouth’s prolific forward Lucy Quinn to scoop the prize, with Sheffield FC’s Jodie Michalska winning the title for the Northern division.
Pittuck, who re-joined the Addicks at the start of the previous campaign from Tottenham Hotspur, admitted her surprise at the award.
Speaking after Charlton’s 3-3 draw away to Cardiff City on Sunday, the versatile 30-year-old revealed she ‘thought it was a bit of a stitch-up’.
She added: “It was a huge surprise, I didn’t expect it one little bit – I didn’t even expect to be nominated, especially as last season was rubbish for me, I thought, and this season’s been a lot more consistent.
“There were some fantastic players on the shortlist. We’ve played against Lucy and Jodie Michalska, who I think is one of the best players in the North and South combined. Then there are the likes of Charlotte Gurr [Brighton, formerly Gillingham).
“I am chuffed – it’s one of the best awards to win because you’re recognised by the people you play against, so it’s not just a club thing it’s the actual league thing.
“I don’t think my performances were anywhere near the standard of what I’ve done this year, which is why it was such a shock to me, but it looks to be like a good season, doesn’t it?”
Having played at centre back for Spurs for the past three years, Pittuck returned to south-east London, where she started her career, with the hope of being utilised in a more advanced role.
Leading the line for most of last season, the hard-working Pittuck netted eight times in 17 FAWPL South matches, adding four in seven cup appearances. Last season also yielded her Charlton Athletic’s goal of the month award for February for a wonderful strike against Lewes Ladies.
This term, though, has been even more fruitful for Pittuck who, despite being deployed in a deeper midfield role, already has seven goals in her first 11 league matches.