Congratulations to all the winners.BCFC
Despite Bluenoses being absent from all of the Club’s fixtures throughout the 2020/21 campaign, your support has continued from home and you have voted in your thousands to recognise the achievements across Birmingham City Football Club during the past season.
In total, 11 prestigious awards have been handed out, with the efforts of 10 individuals recognised across the Blues family.
Of the winners, Men’s captain Harlee Dean ends the season with two prizes. The skipper has been voted Supporters' Player of the Season, edging out centre-back partner Marc Roberts and Lukas Jutkiewicz to the crown.
As voted for by you, Harlee Dean bags the Supportersâ€™ Player of the Season! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/DVwbhevTeq— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) May 13, 2021
And his inspirational defensive performances, combined with a four-goal tally, were also recognised by his peers as he was named Players' Player of the Season, Maxime Colin and Ivan Sanchez also received multiple votes.
From Harlee to Hannah, as Blues Women’s number one was named Supporters’ Player of the Season for Carla Ward’s side, earning nearly 40% of the vote. A stoic last line of defence, the 20-year-old stopper has continued to set the standards and perform heroically in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
As has Sarah Mayling, with the reliable full-back chosen by her teammates as the Blues Women Players' Player of the Season. Full of energy and commitment, the 24-year-old’s quality has shone when it mattered most, including an inch-perfect cross to lay on Ruby Mace’s late equaliser away to West Ham United in March.
Continuing on the theme of goals, striker Claudia Walker’s count of eight sees her end the season as Top Goalscorer. Her record includes memorable efforts against Bristol City and in the Second City Derby.
The latter, which served to extinguish any doubt that the city is blue, has also been voted by supporters as Blues Women Goal of the Season.
For the Men, this prize was picked up by Sanchez who has dazzled during his maiden season in English Football. The Spaniard’s wonderful, virtuoso effort versus Cardiff before Christmas was chosen by supporters as their favourite.
The tricky winger has also been the foil for much of Blues’ attacking moments, servicing strikers such as Jutkiewicz. His final total of eight, rounded off by a last-day header at Ewood Park, leaves Blues’ number ten top of the charts for the second season in a row.
Away from the pitch, but no less vital to the achievements of Blues is Bob Bennett. Having joined the Club in 1973, Bob has worked diligently as a Dressing Room Attendant and has provided his hospitality to no fewer than 39 First Team gaffers. Now, as he approaches nearly 50 years of service, Bob has been honoured with a Special Recognition Award from the Club. A warm and friendly face, popular with the players, no task proves too big or too small for Bob.
Last but certainly not least in a year when the absence of fans has been felt so strongly, are the prizes for Supporter of the Season. These are awarded posthumously to Co-Supporters of the Season, Gary Parkes and William Burns.
This year we pay tribute to co-Supporters of the Season, Gary Parkes and William Burns, and to all the Blues fans who have sadly been taken from us in the last year.— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) May 13, 2021
Gary and William were both dedicated family men who held the Club in their heart everywhere they went.
RIP. 🙏💙 pic.twitter.com/nn9sXalFrJ
Gary, who passed in March after a battle with cancer, followed Blues religiously. His dedication to supporting the Club was unquestionable and done with a warmth towards fellow supporters that was universally appreciated.
William, who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run incident last month, held a season ticket in B9 for 50 years. Loyally following the team home and away, he touched the lives of so many Bluenoses.
From the Women’s fanbase, the honour is bestowed to Craig Hadley, whose unwavering passion has not gone unnoticed. Acting Chair of the Birmingham City Women Supporters Group, Craig has formed a bridge between the Club and fans as matches continue to be played behind closed doors, facilitating Q&As with other supporters and the Women’s Head Coach.
Craig Hadley named @BCFCwomenâ€™s Supporter of the Season! 💪🔵— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) May 13, 2021
Acting Chair of the Birmingham City Womenâ€™s Supporters Group, Craig has played a leading role in connecting fans with players and management during the course of this campaign. pic.twitter.com/9NSA7p8fab
Congratulations to all the winners.