This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.
The Football Supporters’ Federation is delighted to announce the shortlisted nominations for the 2013 FSF Awards, in association with William Hill, following a nominations process involving thousands of fans across the country.
There are a total of 60 shortlisted nominees across 10 different categories – including ‘Player of the Year’ for which Luis Suarez and Robin Van Persie are both on the shortlist. Juan Mata, Christian Benteke, Leighton Baines and Pablo Zabaleta are also in the running to be crowned 2013 FSF Player of the Year.
The ‘Pundit of the Year’ category also has a strong Manchester United v Liverpool flavour – with Sky Sports sparring partners Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher going head-to-head. Four other feisty character are also in the mix for the award – Robbie Savage, Pat Nevin, Stan Collymore and Roy Keane.
Other categories with award up for grabs include ‘Writer of the Year’, ‘Newspaper of the Year’, Blogger of the Year’, ‘Commentator of the Year’, ‘Fanzine of the Year’, ‘Independent Website of the Year’, ‘Podcast of the Year’ and the hotly contested award for ‘Away Day of the Year.’
Tony Cottee, Natalie Sawyer and FSF chief executive Kevin Miles at the launch of the FSF Awards 2013 in association with William Hill, at Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium.
The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony to be held on the 16th December at Emirates Stadium in London. The shortlisted candidates are all invited to the event.
Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the FSF, said: “Fans are the beating heart of the game and these awards will recognise football’s finest – and that recognition couldn’t come from a more reputable source than supporters. Every category is decided by fans so visit the FSF site and have your say. Whether it’s your favourite player, pundit, away day or fanzine, we want to hear from you.”
Kristof Fahy, William Hill Chief Marketing Officer, said: “The supporters are the heart and soul of English football and we’re delighted to be associated with these awards. The FSF Awards recognise the very best in football – and the fact they’re voted for by the fans makes them even more special.”
The nominees are:
Player of the Year Leighton Baines Christian Benteke Juan Mata Luis Suarez Robin Van Persie Pablo Zabaleta
Football is back, and while we could’ve been worried about players taking a few games to get into their stride, David Luiz delivered from the off. Having been dropped to the bench and only entering the game due to an injury, he fluffed his clearance leading to Man City’s opener in first half stoppage time, before compounding his misery by giving away a penalty and getting sent off for an unwanted hat-trick just after the break.