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FSF Awards 2013 – Meet the Contenders (Part 4)

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.

Part 4 looks at the Podcast of the Year and Pundit of the Year nominees

Podcast of the Year
The Anfield WrapRegularly reaching the top of the download charts on iTunes, the success story of TAW is clear to see. In-depth, interesting and insightful coverage of both on and off-field events at Anfield make this one of the best club-specific podcasts available.

Bluemoon One of the best produced ‘amateur’ podcasts, there’s never a lack of content on Bluemoon with regular interviews and features with club figures both past and present, as well as commentary on topics in the wider world of football.

The GameRegularly populated by a cast of the Times’ big-hitting journalists including Oliver Kay and Rory Smith, and hosted by Gabriele Marcotti, the Times’ podcast is one of the slickest and most knowledgeable productions in the football podcasting universe.

The Football RambleFrom humble beginnings recording around a kitchen table in 2007, the Ramble has grown to become the largest independent football podcast. It’s the perfect antidote to some of the more predictable football coverage in the mainstream media.

Football WeeklyHosted by the effortlessly smooth James Richardson in near-earth orbit, the Guardian’s twice weekly pod offering has a rotating stable of top class contributors providing their opinions on domestic and European football, in a suitably light-hearted vein.

We Are Going UpRecently celebrating its 100th edition, WAGU offers comprehensive coverage on all things Football League-related, including regular guest-spots and interviews with some of the best local journalists around the country to get to the heart of local issues. 

Pundit of the Year

Jamie CarragherThe former Liverpool defender’s punditry career has got off to a storming start, and his appearances with Gary Neville on Monday Night Football have fast become a ‘must-see’. As strong in opinion as he was in the tackle.

Stan CollymoreAs excellent on the airwaves as he is on Twitter at provoking comment and challenging opinions, TalkSPORT’s Call Collymore is one of the nation’s favourite phone-ins while Stan the Man also provides excellent live match analysis.

Roy KeaneIt’s now the Irish players, rather than the ITV viewers, who are likely to be subject to his strong views and courage in his convictions. Never one to shy away from making his opinion known, you don’t want to be on the end of that stare.

Gary NevilleOne of the very best examples of the pro-turned-pundit, Red Nev’s transition to the media world has been superb, avoiding accusations of Manchester United bias by providing sound, insightful, well-researched opinions.

Pat NevinNicknamed ‘the professor’ during his playing days because he was caught reading a book, Pat’s school of punditry is often associated with the more cerebral. Whether on TV or radio he always educates the audience on the intricacies of the game.

Robbie SavageSavage provokes debate and opinion like almost no other pundit. Whether it’s hosting 606 or appearing on Match of the Day he’s forthright in his opinions and willing to put his money where his mouth is. There’s no bland platitudes with Sav.

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