JB’s awards for Season 2009/10
Posted by John Beech on August 2, 2010
Yes, silly season again, at least, until the Glorious Seventh!
SOAP STAR OF THE SEASON AWARD:
Some noble efforts this year, but there was no-one in quite the same league as Portsmouth. As if four owners, Administration and HMRC challenging the CVA in court wasn’t enough, they managed to carry on ‘soaping’ over the summer break, with a farcical series of events during their summer tour of North America (1). As a Pompey fan, what worries me is that they may well be in the running for next season’s award.
LEAST HELPFUL CONTRIBUTION TO ENGLISH FOOTBALL AWARD:
Lots of competition here, but the award goes to Sulaiman Al Fahim for his efforts at Portsmouth, most notably for offering the Supporters Trust his shares in what at first appeared to be a gift, but turned out to be for purchase at a price they couldn’t afford. (Mind you, Ali Al Faraj the Mirage made it a close call.)
CREATIVE USE OF WEAKNESSES AND GAPS IN THE RULES AWARD:
This year’s award goes to the Football Conference for their use of Appendix E.
FIGHTING A LOSING BATTLE AWARD:
Top marks to Portsmouth’s Administrator, Andrew Andronykou, but he hasn’t lost yet, so he can’t be considered. Another candidate must be Fabio Cappello, but that is a tad harsh. Raymond Domenech would certainly have been in contention, but awards are restricted to English football.
So, no award this year I’m afraid.
DIRECTORS SAY THE FUNNIEST THINGS AWARD:
This goes to Southend United’s Ron Martin for “We have moved mountains to get where we are” (2), which, after 12 years of planning to move to Fossetts Farm, is still Roots Hall.
OPTIMIST OF THE SEASON AWARD:
There’ve been plenty of statements of optimism in an increasingly troubled season, but rather fewer acts of optimism. The award goes to Dato’ Chan Tien Ghee (TG) for investing in Cardiff City while the Langston debt still hung over the club.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE SEASON AWARD
Last year I wrote of new kids on the block:
Lots of nominations in this category, but the award goes to a very late entrant, Arab-backed high-rollers Munto Finance. Notts County Supporters Trust members were persuaded to sell up to this company in the hope of becoming another Manchester City, or at least Notts Forest. Munto’s first move was a striker from League 2 rivals Chesterfield – a bid of £50,000, which was rejected as inadequate (8).
This year ex-kids on the block Munto Finance win it again, for their total failure to be ‘Arab-backed high rollers’.
COMEBACK KIDS AWARD:
A clear winner here – Bournemouth – thanks to the sterling efforts of manager Eddie Howe.
THE THREATENING TO TAKE HIS BALL AWAY AWARD
This goes to Trevor Hemmings whose 5p per share offer to shareholders of Preston North End valued the club at less than £165,000, and who is reported to have “threatened to withdraw all financial support for the club if the offer wasn’t accepted by enough of Preston’s shareholders” (3).
WORD OR PHRASE OF THE SEASON AWARD:
This year we have moved on from last year’s winner ‘on the brink’ to the even more worrying ‘meltdown‘.
And three new awards this year:
THE ‘WELL, THAT’S CLEARED THAT ONE UP THEN’ AWARD
The winner is this little gem from Leeds United on the ownership of the club.
and, for something completely different, a new serious one!
SUPPORTERS TRUST OF THE YEAR AWARD
A lot of really good work has been done this year by a number of Trusts, and to some extent it is invidious to pick one out, but this year I feel the deserved winner is City Fans United of Chester, who, against all the odds, managed to resurrect the club.