Jordan Nobbs, the daughter of Pools legend Keith, has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 Vauxhall England Women’s Player of the Year award.
The Arsenal and England midfielder has been top form again during the past year, starring in The Gunners’ FA Cup Final win over Chelsea at Wembley in May.
Nobbs has established herself as a regular in the engine room for both club and country and has become one of the stars as England qualified with ease for next year’s European Championships in Holland.
She will be up against Chelsea winger Karen Carney and Manchester City duo Steph Houghton and Jill Scott for the prize, which is decided by an online vote.
“It’s great to be able to watch her really enjoying her football,” admitted proud father Keith, who played 327 times for Pools between 1985 and 1993, and now heads up the Club’s Community Sports Foundation.
“She’s playing at an extremely high standard at the moment and I don’t think it’s too much to suggest that she’s probably one of the best players in the world now.
“With England she’s been adapting to a more defensive role in midfield recently and flourishing there, but whenever she’s played further forward she is also capable of scoring spectacular goals.”
The talented 23-year-old has always had the ambition to play for England, even from a very young age, and her incredible progress saw he captain her country’s Under-15 side when she was just 12 – and she scored in a 2-0 win.
Since then, she’s continued to develop at an astonishing rate and is becoming one of the more experienced players on the international scene, whilst also helping to inspire the next generation of female footballers.
“She’s a brilliant example to young girls as to what can be achieved if you work hard enough,” Keith explained.
“She regularly attends school visits through both Arsenal and England to help promote the Women’s game and she is also an ambassador for Kick It Out – I’m so proud of what she’s doing.”
Keith will get a chance to see his daughter play for England on Friday night when they’re in friendly action against France at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium.
“England are already through to the European Championship Finals but this game will be a good test for them because France move the ball well.
“I think they’ve got a good chance in the Euros but before then I would love to see Jordan win the Women’s Player of the Year award – and if we can harness some support from Hartlepool to help her do it, that would be great!”
Voting for the award closes on Monday 31st October with the winners set to be announced at the Football Association’s Women’s Football Awards on Friday 18th November.