Georgia Stanway will be trying to win her second Women’s FA Cup final in three years this evening, as she looks to continue a successful year for both her and her family.

Former Dowdales School pupil Stanway looks likely to start for Manchester City against West Ham United, in front of what is expected to be a record crowd for the competition at Wembley.

It’s already been a week to remember for the 20-year-old Barrovian, who last Sunday was named PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year, following a breakthrough season for club and country.

She was accompanied to the ceremony at London’s Grosvenor Hotel by older brother JP, who plays in the North West Counties League for Holker Old Boys.

Stanway said: “He’s had a good season this year – he scored a hat-trick the other week – so he was absolutely loving it, trying to tell everyone that he plays in League Two.

“Holker were really struggling earlier in the season, but thankfully they’ve managed to stay up and somebody else has gone down. It’s a lovely club as well, it’s close to my heart and I’ve always grown up watching them.

“Obviously, JP plays for them and my two younger brothers have played for them as well, so it was somewhere that I would always go at the weekend.”

While JP’s goalscoring heroics played a key part in helping Holker avoid relegation – no mean feat after picking up one point from their first 13 games – younger brother Wyll was impressing in much warmer climes.

The Furness Cricket Club batsman spent the winter with Melbourne club Carrum in Australia, along with clubmate Josh Shaw, following an encouraging season back home for the teenager.

Stanway said: “He’s back now, but I think he’s dying to get back out there. My family went out there to visit, but I couldn’t obviously because of the way our seasons aligned.

“I think he loved it and he managed to make some runs out there and got some people out, so hopefully he’ll get back out there this winter coming and do the same again.”

With Stanway’s parents also sportingly active, it’s no surprise to hear that they played a big part in helping her to achieve her dream of making it as a professional footballer.

“They were a massive influence and they most definitely sacrificed a lot for me and gave up a lot for me,” Stanway said, “whether it be rushing off after work to make sure I made training in time, giving up their weekends and even financially, just to support all the travelling and getting out to games, making sure that they’re not missing out.

“I’m so grateful for everything that they’ve done and hopefully one day I’ll be able to repay them in the same way that they’ve done to me. They were definitely the driving force of my success.”