Date: 25th January 2020
Thanks to the support from our Sponsors Insuredirectglobal.com, Caithness Glass and BeGambleAware the awards are getting bigger and better every year. This is the fourth year of the activity and we have been blown away by how much information the supporters have given us. Nearly 400 more entries than last year!
Despite playing in England, the Scotland and Aston Villa star has been named as our player of the year. Ryan Christie came a distant second top spot. A sign that Rangers really are back challenging is that they are starting now to feature in nominations for the first time in 3 years with Alfredo Morelos increasing his share of the vote from 6% in 2018 to 14% in 2019.
Only 50% of fans felt comfortable enough to judge our best female player – probably due to lack of mainstream TV coverage of the game in Scotland (our membership is 92% male). This highlights just what fantastic ambassadors for the game the Scotland’s women’s team has become. Erin received a huge 53% of the vote and become the first player to win an award for two consecutive years.
Fans asked to include this award in 2017 and last year. Stevie Clarke of Kilmarnock FC won it with a significant landslide! This was the closest vote we had across any categories and Neil Lennon came home as winner against a fantastic achievement of Dick Campbell being recognised by all the fans.
Stevie Gerrard 4th this year but might that change in 2020?
We have the same first and second place as in 2016 and a new entry with everyone’s favourite Buddie, Stephen Thomson consolidating his place by increasing his share of the vote this year. So having held the crown for two years Stewart has lost out to Chris Sutton.
The changing of the guard with the new media young guns at Old Firm Facts and Fans without Scarves showing where fans are now consuming their fitba media.
Usually the hardest to judge given the vast array of responses from across Scotland but this year fans of all clubs showed the huge admiration that they all had for Colin buying Partick Thistle and then gifting it to the fans. This has also been recognised in Germany where he has been given a fans award too.
We consistently get mentions for St.Johnstone, Ross County, St.Mirren and in the lower leagues for East Fife but Livingston FC won it by a whisker this year.
Special commendation to Rangers, for adapting an autism friendly area in the family zone and for continuing to work on making a better match day experience for home fans.
Celtic’s contribution for disabled supporters noted in dispatches too.
Aberdeen have won this award twice and have never been out the top three. In 2018 Hibernian won for the first time and retain a place in the top 3 but were pipped this year by those noisy Well fans.
The closest of close calls on this one by the wonder strike by Stevie Mallan takes the award for 2019.
Scottish Football fans appreciate our special heroes and this year a hat trick of greats is complete with the award going to Sir Kenny Dalglish.
On the Ball campaign
We are open to developing special awards as and when our members decide one is merited. This year we have been asked to ensure that appreciation is shown to the fans who created the On the Ball campaign that has now taken off across the UK. Well done to all involved.
Thanks to everybody taking part – it is great to see fans having a say. If you want your views heard on the big issues in our game join the SFSA it is free. www.scottishfsa.org
For further information please contact Paul Goodwin on 07702 252 519.
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