Ladies Player of the Year 2019/20
Sam Hiscocks was voted Players’ Player of the Year by her fellow Newport City Ladies teammates for her efforts during the 2019/20 season.
With the uncertainty surrounding football due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the award came as more than a surprise to the central midfielder.
Hiscocks said: “To say I was shocked would be an understatement. I was shocked that I had been voted by my fellow teammates, especially as it was our first year. It was just completely unexpected. I’m massively proud of it, as well.
“There are so many girls in the team that I personally think could have won the award.”
After floating in and out of the beautiful game during school and later university, this award highlights just how successful Hiscocks’ first year in women’s football has been, even after starting the season in an unfamiliar position at centre-back.
“I took to it quite well I think the gaffer would say,” laughed Hiscocks. “I managed to get a decent run of games and eventually got moved further up the pitch into central midfield, which was a lot more challenging but something that I really enjoyed. I liked having that responsibility and I managed to keep my place.
“I think the credit goes to [our manager] Phil for that, he found the better role for me and luckily for me I’ve managed to hold down that position. I think it’s gone well and winning the Players’ Player of the Year award reinforced that, so that’s nice.”
And after an apprehensive move back into the sport she loves, Hiscocks was named the first ever captain of Newport City Ladies FC in their debut season.
“Phil always jokes with me because at the start of the season I thought, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to be good enough,’ but he managed to convince me so fair play to him. He’s so welcoming and makes everyone feel like they’re wanted.
“It’s a massive privilege to have been given the captaincy, again, it was something that I wasn’t expecting. I’m just the calm head, like the mother hen,” she smiled.
As the Ladies’ form began to pick-up around the Christmas period, you would never have guessed that the squad had only been together for a few months, with their growth being demonstrated on the pitch.
“We were really starting to come together, especially in some of the cup games when we played against teams in the division above us and we definitely held our own. I felt we were unlucky with a few results.”
The Ladies’ hope to pick up where they left off and continue to turn heads by putting women’s football on the map in Newport, as Hiscocks motivates them to become an even tougher test for their opponents.
“I feel like we’ve got a bit of unfinished business from where we finished last season, so we definitely want to show the teams that we can challenge for the top spots. We’ll be looking to push on, show people what we’re about and get a few more positive results coming our way.
“I just want the best for this team and I’m really proud of this bunch of girls.”
As a club, we would like to thank our main sponsors Newport bus, who have been amazing with their continued support for our club and our female teams in particular.
Write up – Caitlin Bennett