Date: 7th January 2017
LEIGH GRIFFITHS NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN FIRST SCOTTISH FANS AWARD
7th January 2017: Leigh Griffiths, Celtic’s prolific goalscorer and scourge of defences across Scotland, has been named as Scotland’s first Fans Player of Year.
Picking up more than 60% of the votes cast by over 1000 fans in the Scottish Football Supporters Association’s (SFSA) inaugural Fans Awards, Griffiths beat Hearts’ Callum Paterson into second place and Aberdeen’s Johnny Hayes 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 almost 65,000 members. In December it canvassed its members for the first ever Scottish Fan Awards.
The prestigious ‘Fan of the Year’ award was made posthumously to Margaret Ross most recently a Board Director at Dunfermline Athletic FC and a tireless worker for fans and the club. Margaret sadly passed away on the 16th of December 2016.
Scotland’s ‘Best Ref’ was named as Craig Thompson with 18% of the vote whilst also picking up second place in the ‘Worst Ref’ category being beaten to that dubious honour by Willie Collum who received 45% of the vote.
Aberdeen fans were named as the country’s top travelling fans with a commendation made to Ayr United in the best travelling support category.
The Highlands came out well in the most family friendly ground category with Ross County’s Victoria Park named as number one with St Mirren in at number two and Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s Caledonian Stadium picked up third spot
Tynecastle picked up the award for the ground most away fans like to visit.
Goal of the Year went to Kilmarnock’s Souleymane Coulibaly’s 40 yard wonder strike against Celtic Aberdeen’s James Maddison for his stunning last minute winner against Rangers was named second best. David Gray’s dramatic late winner to break Hibs’ 114 year Scottish Cup hoodoo was voted third best.
Mascot of the Year went to Partick Thistle’s shy and unassuming Kinsgley.
The often controversial and never dull Chris Sutton was named as the fans’ Best TV/Radio pundit followed by Stephen Craigan and Michael Stewart. Sutton received over 54% of the vote.
And keeping with the media theme, BBC Scotland’s Tom English was named as the Best Journalist with the Twitter account ‘Old Firm Facts’ (@OldFirmFacts1) and the blog ‘Scottish Football Monitor’ being voted ‘Best Blogs’.
The Best Club Marketing award was narrowly won by Motherwell’s Well Society for successfully doubling membership numbers and successfully transferring the club into community ownership. Also commended was Hibs for its The Perseverance campaign that the judges believed to be excellent.
Drew Main of the Pars Supporters Trust said, “Margaret Ross was one of the driving forces behind the inception of the Pars Supporters Trust in 2004 and, after the successful acquisition of our club by Pars United in 2013, in which the Trust played such a pivotal role, it seemed fitting that Margaret should take up her seat on the Board of DAFC on behalf of the PST. She worked tirelessly for her beloved Pars, involving herself in several of the groups within the Pars family, not just the Pars Supporters Trust. It is testament to Margaret that the PST has become one of the largest Supporters Trusts in the country, but she never lost sight of ensuring the best interests of the fans were always close at heart. I’m sure everyone at DAFC will be extremely proud that Margaret has been recognised in this way and her award will be given pride of place at East End Park.”
Paul Goodwin from the SFSA said: “The first ever Scottish football fans’ awards, run by the Scottish Football Supporters Association, have come up with some worthy winners as well has having some fun too. Everyone has an opinion about who and what was the best during the year but what is clear is that every winner was voted for by fans of different clubs.”
The SFSA can be found on Twitter @scottishfsa or through #reclaimthegame and on Facebook.
For further information on the SFSA and the Fans Awards, please contact Paul Goodwin on 07702-252519.