Player of the Year 2019/20
The award of the prestigious QPSFC Player of the Year Award, is voted on at the end of each season by the Club Committee.
An honour steeped in history, the famous (and ridiculously heavy) trophy was first lifted by the legendary Davie Nisbet all the way back in 1988 and is quite unique in the fact that the original trophy remains in use to this day.
Over the past 32 years the trophy has been won by a myriad of QPSFC legends including our record appearance holder Sir Stevie McGilp, the iconic defender‘ Wee’ Allan Mackenzie and Muirend’s finest Bradley Walsh impersonator, John ‘Crossers’ Crosbie. The 2020 winner will be adding his name to an impressive roll of honour.
As per the Players Player award, there was a lot of competition for this year’s gong, and it took many hours of deliberation for the Committee to come to an agreement with a number of worthy candidates throughout the squad.
However, there was one name that kept coming into conversation, and it would have been impossible to ignore the contribution of this individual to the success we have enjoyed over the past season.
Massive congratulations go to our number one goalkeeper, MICHAEL SMITH, on a well deserved award and on a superb season between the sticks. In winning the Club Player of the Year award, Michael becomes the first goalkeeper since James McLaughlin in 2004 to pick up the trophy.
Making twenty appearances throughout the season, Michael was a stand out throughout the campaign as he consistently proved himself to be one of the best goalkeepers within the IFA League in Scotland.
His exceptional performance in an early season draw against Kaisayr, the eventual champions, defied belief. ‘Smitty’ pulled off a series of excellent stops throughout the game before sealing the point for Queen’s with a breathtaking tip onto the bar in injury time. An exasperated Ayr sideline couldn’t quite believe what they were seeing, and neither could anybody else in attendance!
He gave us the platform for a late comeback against Troon in October with an excellent penalty save, and put in a Man of the Match performance as we edged past Rochdale in the IFA Cup Quarter Final at Lesser Hampden, but most importantly, he was a model of consistency throughout the season.
Athletic, strong, dependable and a tremendous shot stopper, Michael has made the number one jersey his own over the last couple of seasons and has become a popular member of the squad. A great lad, and we look forward to celebrating with him and all the award winners once the QP Social Club gets the go-ahead to re-open.
Well done Michael - here’s to more excellent performances next season!