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2017 National Fans Awards Results

Date: 3rd February 2018

NEWS RELEASE

KIERAN TIERNEY NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN SCOTTISH FANS AWARD

• LEIGH GRIFFITHS’ STRIKES PICK UP FIRST AND SECOND PLACE IN ‘GOAL OF THE YEAR’
• STEVEN MCLEAN NAMED ‘BEST REF’ AND WILLIE COLLUM ‘WORST REF’
• SIR ALEX FERGUSON RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
• ABERDEEN FANS PICK UP BEST TRAVELLING SUPPORT FOR SECOND YEAR
• TYNECASTLE NAMED FANS’ FAVOURITE AWAY GROUND

3rd February2018: Kieran Tierney has topped off an outstanding 2017, that saw him captain both Celtic and Scotland and become a treble winner, by being named as Scotland’s fans Player of Year.

In a poll carried out by the Scottish Football Supporters Association’s (SFSA), that saw nearly 2000 votes cast, Tierney beat Motherwell’s former hitman Louis Moult into second place and Hibs’ Scotland internationalist John McGinn into third.

The Scottish Football Supporters Association is a not-for-profit, members’ body open to everyone, whether they are individuals, supporters groups or affiliates. It currently has over 70,000 members. This is its second Scottish Fan Awards poll.

‘Goal of the Year’ went to Leigh Griffiths for his second goal against England at Hampden. Leigh Griffith also picked up the second best goal for his first against England with Adam Frizzell’s for Kilmarnock against Partick Thistle named third favourite.

The ‘Fan of the Year’ was named as Motherwell fan Tom Feely. The Well Society’s Joint-Chair has followed the Steelmen for 55 years and famously cut short his holiday in Australia to see his heroes run out at Hampden at the League Cup Final.

Scottish legend Sir Alex Ferguson received a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his unrivalled success throughout his 60 years of involvement in the game.

Scotland’s ‘Best Ref’ was named as Steven McLean with Willie Collum being named as the ‘Worst Ref’ for the second year in a row.

Aberdeen fans were named as the country’s top travelling fans again with Hearts and Morton fans named second and third best.

St Mirren knocked Ross County off the top spot in the most family friendly ground. Partick Thistle took second place nudging last year’s winner, Ross County, into third place.

Tynecastle retained its position as the ground most away fans like to visit with Victoria Park as second favourite, ahead of Easter Road.

Mascot of the Year went again to Partick Thistle’s Kinsgley.

Michael Stewart pushed Chris Sutton into second place in the fans’ Best TV/Radio pundit with Tam McManus named the fans’ third favourite.

Tom English received the Best Journalist for the second time with Graeme Speirs and Tam McManus following.

The Best Club Marketing award was won by Motherwell with Partick Thistle and Dunfermline Athletic named runner-up and third respectively.

Simon Barrow, chair of the Scottish Football Supporters Association, said: “It’s really important that fans now have the opportunity every year to vote independently for those who they think deserve recognition in Scottish football – players, supporters and others. We need more fan engagement at every level to make this truly ‘the people’s game’ once more.”

The SFSA can be found on Twitter @scottishfsa or through #reclaimthegame and on Facebook.

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