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FSF Awards 2013 – Meet the Contenders (Part 2)

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

In just over a week voting will close in the FSF Awards 2013 in association with William Hill. More than 125,000 votes have already been cast in the opening two weeks of voting, but there’s time left for you to choose your favourite before voting closes on 6th December.

On the blog this week we’ll give you a brief run-down of all the shortlisted nominees across our ten categories and why they made the shortlist from the hundreds of entries nominated, just in case you had not yet decided who you were going to vote for. To cast your vote, simply head to www.fsf.org.uk/awards.

Voting closes at noon on Friday 6th December, and the winners will be announced at our awards dinner at the Emirates Stadium on the evening Monday 16th December.

Following Part 1 yesterday looking at  Player of the Year and Blogger of the Year, today’s Part 2 looks at Commentator of the Year and Fanzine of the Year

Commentator of the Year

Guy Mowbray (BBC) – A key part of the Match of the Day team since 2004, Mowbray is a familiar voice to millions on a Saturday night. In 2010 he was chosen as the BBC’s commentator for England games following the retirement from TV of John Motson.

John Murray (BBC 5Live) – Having been with BBC radio sport since the late 90s, Murray is responsible for painting a picture for those who can’t see the game as one 5Live’s main match commentators. Often found at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon, his is a voice familiar to millions.

Alan Parry (Sky Sports) – A commentator with a wealth of experience who has worked across both radio and television for the BBC and commercial broadcasters, Payy has been with Sky Sports since the mid 90s and has commentated on both domestic and European competitions.

Jonathan Pearce (BBC) – Having come to prominence on Capital Radio, Pearce has been part of the BBC commentary team for more than a decade. Known for his distinctive, enthusiastic style, he is a three-time Sony award winning broadcaster.

Clive Tyldesley (ITV) – Tyldesley has been ITV’s main commentator for more than 15 years, and has covered countless European nights, domestic finals, and a string of England internationals, including World Cup and European Championship finals. He provided the soundtrack to that balmy night in Barcelona in 1999, don’t you know?

Martin Tyler (Sky Sports) – Arguably the voice of the Premier League, Tyler has fronted Sky Sports’ coverage of the competition since its inception in 1992. An experienced broadcaster (he made his commentary debut in 1974), in 2003 his contribution was honoured as he received the Premier League Commentator of the Decade award.

Fanzine of the Year

A Love Supreme – Sunderland – Long considered one of the top fanzines in the country, and for good reason. A great looking publication in the true fanzine tradition that’s thought provoking and humourous in equal measure, while never taking itself too seriously.

The Blue & White – Chester – A new kid on the block compared to some of the others on the shortlist, and by a long distance the smallest club on show, but a highly commendable effort from the Conference Premier club who’ve quickly established a quality ‘zine, now into its third year. 

Stand Against Modern Football – Various/All – The only shortlisted fanzine that doesn’t focus on the goings on at a particular club. Covering a range of topics affecting fans across the game, and pulling on a great pool of writers from across the leagues, it’s a snip at £2 per issue.

The Square Ball – Leeds Utd – Winners of the FSF Fanzine of the Year award in 2012, TSB has been shortlisted for the third consecutive year. Still cracking value for money at just £1.50, and with the same mix of diary, match reports, features and interviews, it keeps on delivering the goods.

True Faith – Newcastle Utd – Quantity and quality – True Faith don’t skimp on the paper, regularly churning out 60-70 page issues full of great content. With a thriving web community (including a podcast) to back up the paper edition, its formidable reputation is well earned.

United We Stand – Manchester Utd – The lads from Manchester have kept up the standards that saw them pick up last year’s award. With its distinctive colour-scheme and standout cover artwork each issue, you know UWS when you see it. And that’s before reading the top-class writing contained within.

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