The Football Supporters’ Association is pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2019 FSA Awards in association with BeGambleAware – voting is open now, and fans can back their favourites here. One hundred and nine shortlisted candidates will battle it out across 18 categories, recognising everything from the best players of 2019 to the best away days and fanzines.
In the Men’s Player of the Year category, Liverpool pair of Sadio Mané and Virgil van Dijk lead the way, alongside fellow Ballon d’Or shortlisted nominee Raheem Sterling of Manchester City. High-flying Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy joins fellow forwards Heung-Min Son of Spurs and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in rounding out the six man shortlist.
The shortlist for the Women’s Player of the Year leans heavily on the FAWSL Supporters’ Player of the Year Award winners for 2018/19, with leading women’s football magazine She Kicks picking their top six performers from that selection. They are Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema, Manchester City’s Steph Houghton, Aoife Mannion from Birmingham City, Rachel Furness from Reading, Chelsea’s Beth England and Sophie Baggaley of Bristol City.
Pundit of the Year promises to another hotly contested category as Sky Sports duo, and past winners, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville go head-to-head once more. This year they’re facing stiff competition from Alex Scott, Andy Hinchcliffe, Pat Nevin, and Ian Wright.
Our Fans for Diversity work alongside equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out has its own award, promoting the good work of fan groups who make football more inclusive and welcoming to all communities. We’ll also be recognising the work Supporter Liaison Officers (SLOs) do for fans across the country which often goes unnoticed. The SLO of the Year award highlights the best practice in supporter liaison in the Premier League and English Football League, alongside a new Club Engagement Award which recognises those clubs and fan groups whose relationship and partnership has led to the best outcomes for supporters at their respective clubs.
For the second year running there will be a National Game Community Award, highlighting the variety of excellent community outreach work undertaken by non-league football clubs. The shortlisted nominees are those clubs whose innovation involves supporters and local partners in making a positive impact in their local communities.
The other categories that fans will be able to have their say on include the best commentators, podcasts, bloggers and football writers. In all, 11 categories are open to a public vote, while seven categories (Away Day, Club Podcast, Fans for Diversity, Fanzine, Supporter Liaison Officer, Club Engagement and the National Game Community Award) will be decided by an FSA panel.
Voting is open now.
Voting is open until midnight on 30th November, with the awards being presented at the Tower of London on the evening of Monday 16th December. Shortlisted nominees are entitled to two tickets to attend the awards dinner, and should get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The full list of categories and shortlisted nominees can be found below.
Men’s Player of the Year
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mané, Heung-Min Son, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy
Women’s Player of the Year
Sophie Baggaley (Bristol City), Beth England (Chelsea), Rachel Furness (Reading), Steph Houghton (Man City), Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City & Manchester City), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal)
Away Day of the Year
Accrington Stanley, Arsenal, Cardiff City, Doncaster Rovers, Leicester City, Wigan Athletic
Club Podcast of the Year
Blue Moon (Man City), Fulhamish (Fulham), My Old Man Said (Aston Villa), Ringing the Blues (Wycombe Wanderers), The Squareball (Leeds United), Steve Bloomer’s Washing (Derby County).
Commentator of the Year
Peter Drury, Darren Fletcher, Conor McNamara, Guy Mowbray, John Murray, Martin Tyler
Fan Media of the Year
Along Come Norwich (Norwich), Arseblog (Arsenal), Beesotted (Brentford), Five Year Plan (Crystal Palace), The Anfield Wrap (Liverpool), The Stacey West (Lincoln City).
Fans for Diversity Award
Allies in Access, Goaldiggers FC, Jordan Tyms, Lady Imps, Proud Hornets, Proud Valiants, Villans Together
Fanzine of the Year
A Love Supreme (Sunderland), The Blue and White (Chester City), Dem Blades (Sheffield United), The Gooner (Arsenal), United We Stand (Man United), View from the Allotment End (North Ferriby)
National Game Community Award
Bath FC, Boston United, Dagenham and Redbridge, Dulwich Hamlet, Stockport County, Whitehawk FC
Newspaper of the Year
The Daily Mirror, The Guardian, The i, Metro, The Non League Paper, The Times
Online Media of the Year
The Athletic, Football365.com, Fantasy Football Scout, FourFourTwo, Price of Football (@KieranMaguire), David Squires
Podcast of the Year
5Live Football Daily, B/R Football Ranks, Football Ramble Daily, Guardian Football Weekly, That Peter Crouch Podcast, Totally Football Show
Pundit of the Year
Jamie Carragher, Andy Hinchcliffe, Gary Neville, Pat Nevin, Alex Scott, Ian Wright
Radio Show of the Year
606, Friday Football Social, Hawksbee and Jacobs, Last Word with Simon Jordan, Monday Night Club, The Warm-up with Max Rushden
Supporter Engagement Award
Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town, Middlesbrough, Reading, Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Supporter Liaison Officer of the Year
Elizabeth Edwards (Ipswich Town), Robyn Kennerdale (Huddersfield Town), Alan Long (Lincoln City), David Matthew-Jones (Cambridge United), Dave Messenger (Watford), Christine Roberts (Tranmere Rovers)
Writer of the Year
David Conn, Miguel Delaney, Jack Pitt-Brooke, Rory Smith, Henry Winter, Suzanne Wrack
Safe Hands Award
As part of our partnership with BeGambleAware, safer gambling ambassador and former England goalkeeper David James has selected a shortlist of six of the best saves from the past 12 months for the Safe Hands Award. Watch the short video at the voting link to choose your favourite from Kasper Schmeichel, Bernd Leno, Bartosz Bialkowski, Sam Johnstone, Courtney Brosnan and Josh Vickers.