November 27, 2008
Time just seems to fly by in football. The summer break is very short particularly for staff and players. Pre season friendly games follow on quickly, the season starts in earnest and our next home fixture following on from today will take us into mid December. It really does not seem one year ago since Rickie Lambert went so close to picking up The Football League and Four FourTwo award for Goal of the Year 2007. The goal was selected by fans, short listed for its quality and was just pipped by Jermaine Beckford’s nomination from Leeds United.
You may recall that the goal put forward last year was for Rickie’s wonder strike against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road early in 2007-2008. This was our first season back in the third tier and how fortunes can change in a very short period. At that time the Bedfordshire club had just been relegated following a successful spell in the Championship and were being strongly tipped for a quick return. A little over one year later, a massive points deduction and Luton look poised for non League football. Time passes by very quickly and the structure of the game means that change is ongoing and inevitable. There is no doubt that this results in the massive interest in the professional game and in competitive football generally at all levels.
So time marches on and we have once again received the documentation inviting us to nominate for this years awards. Now in its fourth year the awards event gives the clubs the recognition they deserve for both on and off the field excellence. The ceremony to be held on Sunday 29th March will include the unveiling of the Four FourTwo Top 50 Football League players and recognises the Player of the Year in each division. The League hopes that the event can attract at least one entry from each of the seventy two league clubs. The closing date for entries is Tuesday 23rd December.
This year there are eleven awards in total with two of these, the Family Club of the Year and the Apprentice of the Year being divisional. Of the other nine awards there are two which can and should in our view include supporter participation. These awards are for the Fan of the Year and for the Goal of the year. One further award for best Contribution to League Football will be decided by the Board of The Football League.
Bristol Rovers are inviting supporters to nominate for Fan of the Year and Goal of the Year.
You can nominate your Goal of the Year here.
Please Email your nominations for Fan of the Year with a supporting text of no more than 500 words. Please include your own name with the nomination. We are also intending entering for the awards of Best Matchday Programme, Community Club of the Year and for the award of Player in the Community.
The club entries will be judged by a panel of experts from football and industries relevant to each category. The judging will be completely impartial with each judge awarding a score for each entry according to set criteria. The winning entries will be made from the cumulative scores for all judges in each category. Judges will be named when the judging is complete.
We have seen so many very fine goals from our team over the past year and especially from the beginning of this season. We have many supporters who contribute so very much to the cause and so on both accounts we can look forward to some really good nominations. Please feel free and we look forward to receiving your nominations very much indeed.