Clean sweep for McLean at ‘Player of Year’ awards

BERWICK Rangers held their annual ‘Player of the Year’ awards evening in the Magdalene Fields Golf Club on Saturday following their final game of the season against Albion Rovers.

Central defender Andy McLean was the star of the show, walking off with no less than seven of the eight first team awards on offer.

The only trophy which eluded him was the leading scorer’s award, which went to striker Darren Gribben, who unfortunately was not there to collect it.

McLean, who was the youngest member of the first team squad at 21, and who was the only ever-present in the side during the 2010-11 season, received accolades from his fellow team-mates as the Players’ Player, the club’s directors, the Supporters’ Club, the Supporters’ Trust, the BRFC Junior Supporters, the Borders Branch Supporters and the Tweeddale Press.

For the first time in many years the awards also incorporated those presented to the reserve team and the U17 youth side.

For the reserves, awards went to Ross Cowan (from the Supporters’ Trust) and Kevin Couter (from the Reserves’ Committee).

Youth team awards went to Aiden Lauder from Eyemouth (leading goalscorer), goalkeeper Kieran Beveridge (Manager’s Player) and Shane McGregor (who was the Players’ Player).

Chairman Brian Porteous said it was great to see so many people at the awards evening. He said it had been a conscious decision by the club to incorporate all three teams in the ceremony as they were all part of Berwick Rangers.

“They all carry the banner of Berwick Rangers throughout the season and we are keen to recognise that fact,” he said.

“The commitment of all three teams has been unbelieveable. We may not have had the success we had hoped for, but the endeavour of everyone connected with the three sides is not in any question and hopefully we can do better next season.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all the players, because they have given of their best on the training ground and also every Saturday.

“Unfortunately some of them will not be with us next season, but that’s the nature of football. All we can do is wish them well for the future.