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1617 burnley ashley westwood 00 500x500Burnley FC Supporters Groups held their Player of the Year Awards evening on a night that saw two former Clarets from very different eras  see Ashley Westwood win the major player of the year award at the end of the evening.

There was no clean sweep of awards this season with the various supporters’ clubs selected a wide range of players for their awards but it was Westwood who took the main honour from those present as the overall player of the year for 2018/19.

The first of those two former Clarets was 88-year-old goalkeeper Colin McDonald. A year ago, he won the special achievement award, sixty years after he’d played in the World Cup for England. Unfortunately, Colin wasn’t well enough to attend and Tom Heaton collected the award on his behalf and then presented it to Colin at the training ground on a special day last October.

McDonald was invited to tonight’s event and this year saw that special achievement award go to Wade Elliott who ten years ago scored the goal that saw Burnley win promotion to the Premier League for the very first time.

Among the awards, West Yorkshire Clarets awarded the Roger Howarth Unsung Hero Award to assistant manager Ian Woan. This award is in memory of their member Roger who passed away during the 2017/18 season. The Janice Fretwell Award, in memory of Janice who passed away in November 2012, went to manager Sean Dyche on reaching 300 games as manager. Janice’s final game watching the Clarets was on 3rd November 2012, a 2-0 win against Wolves which was Sean’s first as manager.

Overall, a total of nine players won awards on what has proved to be another successful night for Burnley FC Supporters Groups.

Below are all the winners from tonight plus a list of all the winners of the Special Achievement Award since it was first presented in 2007.

The Winners

Central Lancs Clarets
Player of the Year – Ashley Westwood
Goal of the Season – Dwight McNeil v Wolves

London Clarets
Player of the Year – James Tarkowski

Disabled Supporters Group
Player of the Year – Dwight McNeil

Colne Clarets
Player of the Year – Charlie Taylor

Accrington Clarets
Player of the Year – Ashley Westwood
Goal of the Season – Jack Cork v İstanbul Başakşehir
Special Award – Dwight McNeil for first Premier League goal and first England U20 cap

West Yorkshire Clarets
Player of the Year – Ashley Westwood
Champagne Moment – Ashley Barnes, winning goal and celebration v Tottenham
Roger Howarth Unsung Hero Award – Ian Woan

Rossendale Clarets
Player of the Year – Chris Wood

North Manchester Clarets
Player of the Year – Dwight McNeil

Burnley Football Supporters’ Club
Player of the Year – Ashley Westwood
Away Player of the Year – Ben Mee
Goal of the Season – Dwight McNeil v Wolves
Janice Fretwell Award – Sean Dyche on reaching 300 games as manager

Boundary Clarets
Player of the Year – Ashley Barnes
Goal of the Season – Jeff Hendrick v Chelsea

Earby Clarets
Player of the Year – Ashley Westwood

Special Recognition Award
Tony Loughlan

Special Achievement Award
WADE ELLIOTT

OVERALL GOAL OF THE SEASON
JEFF HENDRICK v CHELSEA

OVERALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
ASHLEY WESTWOOD

 

Special Achievement Award Winners
2007 – Arthur Bellamy
2008 – Jimmy McIlroy
2009 – Graham Alexander
2010 – Barry Kilby
2011 – Terry Pashley
2012 – Jimmy Robson
2013 – Martin Dobson
2014 – Ian Britton
2015 – Michael Duff
2016 – Willie Irvine
2017 – Andy Farrell
2018 – Colin McDonald
2019 – Wade Elliott

 

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