Date: 24th April 2017 at 5:25pm
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Manchester City’s Lucy Bronze was honoured at the 2016 PFA Awards, picking up her second Player of the Year gong following her win two years ago.

“It’s the best award to be nominated for really – for the players that you play against week in week out to think of you as the best player of the season – so to be nominated and put in the team [of the season] was unbelievable,” Bronze said at the ceremony.

“It’s not really sunk in that I’ve won the award, but it’s a huge honour and I’m so grateful.”

The awards came 24 hours after Bronze and her City team-mates lost the first leg of their Champions League semi-final 3-1 to Olympique Lyonnais.

Birmingham’s Jess Carter won the Young Player of the Year Award.

There was a special award for the recently retired Kelly Smith, marking her lifetime achievement and record-breaking career.

The PFA Awards coincided with the start of the WSL1 Spring Series, which had been rocked last week with the news that Notts County would be closing down with immediate effect.

Liverpool are the league leaders after the first weekend, beating Yeovil 4-1 at Huish Park with goals from Alex Greenwood (pen), Gemma Bonner and a brace from Katie Zelem.

Rachel Furness, Rachel Rowe and Melissa Fletcher got Reading off to a good start, beating newly-promoted Bristol City 3-1 at Ashton Gate, and it was 0-0 between Birmingham and Sunderland in the weekend’s other domestic fixture.

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