Right, time to pull down the shutters on the poll that’s been running here on the site for the last number of days on our Player of the League. Close on a thousand votes were cast in this poll – not the highest turnout ever recorded hereabouts, though up there close to the top nonetheless – but the outcome was never in any doubt.
David Clarke wins the award, having garnered 64% support in the poll. Tom Parsons is next on 16%, followed by newcomer Fergal Boland with 10%. The full result is illustrated below.
David came into this League campaign with all the controversy about the goalkeeping selection last October still in the air. Despite this, he put his shoulder to the wheel from the off and put in a succession of top-drawer performances between the sticks, underlying his newly-minted All-Star status. You can say what you like about his restarts – and I’ve had my say on that issue too – but what’s beyond doubt is that, but for the big Stephenites man, we’d have Division Two football to look forward to next spring. Well done to David on a fully deserved award.