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It Means A Lot - Ireland

Stephen Ireland has thanked the fans for selecting him as the Supporters' Player of the Year and vowed to do all he can in our final games to put a smile on our faces.

Speaking to the Official Site Ireland said he was pleased to have finally won fans over and although he has improved on the pitch, he knows there has to be a lot more coming from him if he's going to convince all the doubters.

Personally, like Bannan, if our forwards can work some sort of understanding on the types of balls they play and they start making the runs to match them, he'll look a hell of a lot better overnight. Weimann's shown how it's done in terms of peeling off and looking for a through ball, more of the same please!

Ireland in Stan t-shirt

'It means loads to me, at the start of the season my goal was to get an award and preferably this one. I felt like I worked hard, I am really happy I got this, I am really grateful that the fans took notice and it's something I really appreciate.'

After struggling recently with both hip and hamstring issues, Ireland believes he can play a big part in the remaining games and repay the faith fans have shown in him:

'I've been carrying a hip problem for three or four weeks now and was playing through it, last week I was suffering and had a bit of a sore hamstring. They said with two games coming so quickly it was best that I sit one of them out but I'm back now, I'm fit and ready to go.'

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 2 2012

Time: 4:45PM

Your Comments

Think there's even more to come from Ireland next season.... with a good manager behind him, he could really take off......
Pride of Lions
Yes lets hope the useless Twonk takes off to America and we buy a proper midfielder
villan57
I've still got faith in Ireland.
Green Villan
Is it April 1st? I suppose this shows just what a wretched season we've had.
Saurat
Don't know how he beat, say, Given to the award myself. But, if he can show us in the last 2 games by (helping) to secure enough points for survival, I'll be very pleased too.
Winsforvilla
Ireland has been a class above anything else we've had on the park this season. Always wanting the ball, great first touch, vision to see team mates, ability to execute a range of passes, forward runs and tracking back working his arse off
AVbornandbred
Big fan then 57?!
I think he has some great touches, real signs of class, but needs some more class around him.

Does anyone know how the award was chosen, I can't remember seeing the opportunity to vote or whatever? I'd have thought Given would have been a shoe in personally.
The Fear
Probably the same way Mclovin chooses his tactics - Write all the names down on separate pieces of paper, throw them up in the air and see how they land..... And how you can get player of the year when you ve only had one good game all season - I'll never know
Mat777
i really like stephen ireland, but im still not sure if i like him or not.
lerneravfc
Fear, not sure how it was chosen but there are some interesting facts from the actual night. The only players not to attend were Gabi and Stan (obviously). It was probably the flatest awards ceremony of the last 15 years and the atmosphere was at best, muted. No surprise really as there has not been much to celebrate. However the most interesting parts I thought were that McMuppet and his team sat seperate to the the Board and the people associated with the hierachy within the club. Most telling, for the first time that I am aware of, the Manager never even made a speech congratulating award winners, geeing up the supporters and promising better times ahead. I think that tells us all exactly what we need to know. He is no longer in charge. He is just seeing out time until we are officially safe and then he is gone.
voiceoftheholte
Interesting voice, such a strange situation to have a manager who isn't liked enough to talk. Like last summer with the kit launch, he was there but didn't come out to play so to speak, due to the reaction. Shame, we need a man to get behind!
The Fear
hope your right voth, but it could well just be the club trying to keep him out of the spotlight. Still not convinced he won't be at the helm next season
AVbornandbred
avb&b yee of little faith. McMuppet is already gone mate.
voiceoftheholte
got the explaination, doing an article but this is how it was done: Great stuff, had got confused re: the player of the season awards and I’ve seen a fair few on the site and on facebook (etc) asking how the votes were done. Obviously Stephen Ireland won the fans player of the season award and to be fair, I should have remembered, as a Chairman of a Lions Club (see: Click Here ) how it was being done this year, especially as I’ve linked a good few times to the Lions site where the votes were being done! My source at the club explained to your ever so thick Feario: “The online vote for supporters player was managed slightly differently this year. Rather than one end of season vote, as per previous seasons, a man of the match was voted for by supporters after every game (The man of the match vote takes place on the lions club website but is promoted through the OS and our social media channels). The winner of the supporters player (Terrace Trophy) was the player who accumulated the most man of the match votes/points across the entire season. In this years case, Stephen Ireland.” So there you go folks. Will also hopefully put pay to the conspiracy theorists! This was the page where votes were done for man of the match each game, you might well recall me linking a good few times whilst doing our own man of the match votes as well: http://www.avfclionsclubs.co.uk/ And the player did appreciate it, which is always good: It Means A Lot - Ireland
The Fear
 

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