WINNERS: FSF Awards in association with William Hill
Posted on 17th December 2013
This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.
The FSF Awards in association with William Hill took place last night (Monday 16th December) at the Emirates Stadium with hundreds of fans, journalists and club representatives in attendance to salute the best in the football business.
The process began in October when nominations for each category opened – shortlists were announced in November and fans across the country voted on their favourites. Competition was fierce and the quality in each category was extremely high.
Winners of the 2013 FSF Awards in association with William Hill:
Away Day of the Year – Arsenal
Blogger of the Year – Kieron O’Connor (Swiss Ramble)
Commentator of the Year – Martin Tyler
Fanzine of the Year – Stand Against Modern Football (Various/All)
Independent Website of the Year – Arseblog
Newspaper of the Year – The Guardian
Player of the Year – Luis Suarez
Podcast of the Year – Football Weekly
Pundit of the Year – Gary Neville
Writer of the Year – Henry Winter (The Daily Telegraph)
You can see the full list of nominees in each category here.
Luis Suarez talks after picking up the Player of the Year award:
Suarez, who attended the event at the Emirates to collect his Player of the Year award, said: “It is a great honour for me to receive such a prestigious award from the fans.
“This award is not just for me but for my team-mates, management and coaching staff, and for everyone connected with Liverpool Football Club. Without them, I would not be the recipient of the award.
“The past 24 hours have been fantastic for me. To captain Liverpool to victory at Tottenham yesterday meant a great deal to me. And now, to be receiving this award, at the Emirates Stadium is another great honour.
“I think it fair to say that the past year has been an eventful one for me.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I love to play football, that is what I enjoy the most. I am delighted that I and my club are finishing the year so strongly and we can look forward to a very successful future.
“I am very honoured that the football fans of England have seen fit to vote me their player of the year for 2013.
“I am very much hoping that 2014 will be a great year for me and Liverpool and, please forgive me when I say this with the World Cup coming up, for Uruguay as well.”
Gary Neville scooped the Pundit of the Year prize and the Sky Sports favourite said: “It’s a real honour to be awarded the Pundit of the Year award.
“I’ve always felt that we’re here to coach and educate, to pass on our knowledge from all the great managers and coaches I’ve worked with.”
Other winners on the night included Arsenal, who picked up the Away Day of the Year, and Sky Sports’ Martin Tyler who picked up the Commentator of the Year award.
The Guardian scored a brace on the night by taking the FSF Newspaper and Podcast awards while Henry Winter took home Writer of the Year.
Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the FSF, said: “These Awards are by fans, for fans, and really do reward the best that football has to offer – and that recognition couldn’t come from a more reputable source than the fans.”
As the new season gets under way Dulwich Hamlet have made improvements to Champion Hill – with help from the Fans for Diversity fund – that they hope will encourage more people from the community to stop by the Isthmian League side.
The winners of the FSA Awards in association with BeGambleAware will be announced on Friday 12th March in an online event, following more than 250,000 votes being cast by supporters throughout the country in February.