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.’
- Voting is open now - to cast your votes, visit www.fsf.org.uk/awards.
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
Robin Van Persie
Blogger of the Year
Adam Hurrey - Football Cliches
Ian King - TwoHundredPercent
Dave Lane - Beesotted
Rob Langham - The Two Unfortunates
Kieron O'Connor - Swiss Ramble
Greg Theoharis - Dispatches from a Football Sofa
Commentator of the Year
Fanzine of the Year
A Love Supreme - Sunderland
The Blue & White - Chester
Stand Against Modern Football - Various/All
The Square Ball - Leeds Utd
True Faith - Newcastle Utd
United We Stand - Manchester Utd
Independent Website of the Year
Back Page Football
In Bed with Maradona
Two Hundred Percent
The Two Unfortunates
Pundit of the Year
Writer of the Year
David Conn - The Guardian
Andy Dunn - The Sunday Mirror
Ian Herbert - The Independent
Rory Smith - The Times
Jonathan Wilson - Freelance (various including The Guardian and The Blizzard)
Henry Winter - The Daily Telegraph
Away Day of the Year
West Bromwich Albion
- Voting is now open - to cast your votes, visit www.fsf.org.uk/awards