Welcome to your first newsletter of 2017. We do hope that all our members have a healthy and prosperous new year and on the football front your team performs better than it did
We are starting 2017 by celebrating the success of our Fans Awards for 2016, where over 1000 of you contributed to saying who and what gave us the best and the worst of the year. We
would also like to thank Stuart Cosgrove, Jim Spence, Gordon Waddell and Dave McDonald of Pie & Bovril who helped us make these awards happen. We would also like to thank our
friends at Caithness Glass for providing the trophies and to the team at BBC's Off the Ball for hosting our first ever awards.
The awards are very much part of our strategy of giving fans a louder voice in all aspects of the game and, with your help, we can grow this year by year. Our plan is to
interview the recipients over the coming weeks and put a story on the web site and in forthcoming newsletters.
Scotland's First Fan of the
The prestigious Fan of the Year award was made posthumously to Margaret Ross, most recently a Board Director at Dunfermline Athletic FC and a tireless worker for fans and
the club. Drew Main of the Pars Supporters Trust said:
"Margaret Ross was one of the driving forces behind the inception of the Pars Supporters Trust in 2004 and, after the successful acquisition of our club by Pars United in 2013,
in which the Trust played such a pivotal role, it seemed fitting that Margaret should take up her seat on the Board of DAFC on behalf of the PST. She worked tirelessly for
her beloved Pars, involving herself in several of the groups within the Pars family, not just the Pars Supporters Trust. It is testament to Margaret that the PST has become one
of the largest Supporters Trusts in the country, but she never lost sight of ensuring the best interests of the fans were always close at heart. I'm sure everyone at DAFC will
be extremely proud that Margaret has been recognised in this way and her award will be given pride of place at East End Park."
Leigh Griffiths Named Player of the Year in First Fans Award
Leigh Griffiths, Celtic’s prolific goalscorer and scourge of defences across Scotland, has been named as Scotland’s first Fans Player of Year.
Picking up more than 60% of the votes cast by over 1000 fans in the Scottish Football Supporters Association’s (SFSA) inaugural Fans Awards, Griffiths beat Hearts’ Callum
Paterson into second place and Aberdeen’s Johnny Hayes into third.
Craig Thompson Named 'Best Ref' and 'Second 'Worst Ref'
Scotland’s ‘Best Ref’ was named as Craig Thompson with 18% of the vote whilst also picking up second place in the ‘Worst Ref’ category, being beaten to that dubious honour by
Willie Collum who received 45% of the vote. In the next few days we will produce a league table which shows the top and bottom performers of referees.
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Aberdeen Fans Pick Up Best Travelling Support
Aberdeen fans were named as the country’s top travelling fans with a commendation made to Ayr United in the best travelling support category.
The Highlands came out well in the most family friendly ground category with Ross County’s Victoria Park named as number one with St Mirren in at number two and Inverness
Caledonian Thistle’s Caledonian Stadium picked up third spot.
Tynecastle is Fans' Favourite Away Ground
Tynecastle picked up the award for the ground most away fans like to visit.
Goal of the Year
Goal of the Year went to Kilmarnock’s Souleymane Coulibaly’s 40 yard wonder strike against Celtic. Aberdeen’s James Maddison for his stunning last minute winner against
Rangers was named second best. David Gray’s dramatic late winner to break Hibs’ 114 year Scottish Cup hoodoo was voted third best.
There are as many football package providers as there are clubs to explore.
Homefans’ travellers are looking for something more than just a ticket, a hotel room, and a seat on a bus. Opening up to Homefans allows fans from around the world to, share
one another’s football experiences, embrace the positive energy and pass it on. For SFSA members, Homefans can provide a fantastic unique trip and in the coming months we will be
working with them to develop a strategy for football tourism in Scotland. http://homefans.net/
Mascot of the Year
This awards went to Partick Thistle’s shy and unassuming Kinsgley.
TV/Radio Pundit of the Year
The often controversial and never dull Chris Sutton was named as the fans’ Best TV/Radio pundit, followed by Stephen Craigan and Michael Stewart. Sutton received over 54% of the
Best Football Writer/Blogger
And keeping with the media theme, BBC Scotland’s Tom English was named as the Best Journalist with the Twitter account ‘Old Firm Facts’ (@OldFirmFacts1) and the blog ‘Scottish
Football Monitor’ being voted ‘Best Blog’.
Chant/Song of the Year
Was won by Motherwell fans -THE BOIS WITH TWIST AND SHOUT – even the opposition fans love it.
Best Club Marketing
This award was narrowly won by Motherwell's Well Society for successfully doubling membership numbers and successfully transferring the club into community ownership. Also
commended were Hibs for their The Perseverance campaign that the judges believed to be excellent.
Paul Goodwin from the SFSA said: “The first ever Scottish football fans’ awards, run by the Scottish Football Supporters Association, have come up with some worthy winners as well has
having some fun too. Everyone has an opinion about who and what was the best during the year but what is clear is that every winner was voted for by fans of different
The SFSA can be found on Twitter @scottishfsa or through #reclaimthegame and on Facebook.
For further information on the SFSA and the Fans Awards, please contact Paul Goodwin on 07702-252519.