Monday 23rd April 2018
DUMBARTON fans and players gathered after Saturday’s match for the annual Player of the Year Awards ceremony.
Because of a function later in the evening, it was not possible to hold the usual awards disco, but there was still a good attendance.
Before the ceremony, David Williams, son of legendary Sons goalkeeper Lawrie Williams, presented the man of the match award to midfielder Stuart Carswell.
Sonstrust and DFC director Alan Findlay compered and introduced the presenters of the main awards.
Sons View Player of Year Andy Dowie, presented by programme editor Graeme Robertson.
Players Player of the Year Craig Barr, presented by kit man Colm McKinley.
Graham Brough Shield for Fan of the Year Denise Currie, presented by Gillie Brough.
Sonstrust Young Player of the Year Chris McLaughlin, presented by assistant manager Ian Durrant.
Sonstrust Special Award for outstanding service to the Trust Gillie Brough, presented by Alan Findlay.
Sonstrust Player of the Seaso Andy Dowie, oresented by manager Stevie Aitken.
Alan Findlay introduced new chairman John Steele, who spoke about the future of the club (see separate report).
SONSTRUST SPECIAL AWARD
Speaking about Sonstrust Special Award winner Gillie Brough, Alan said: “Gillie first started supporting Dumbarton at the age of seven when her father Graham Brough — whom the Fan of the Year award is named after — took her to her first game at Boghead.
“In those primitive days Gillie and her dad sat trackside next to the Home dugout as it was the only place for his wheelchair, and developed a bond with successive managers, often taking on the role of shouting suggestions to officials that managers would be too afraid to shout themselves — and getting herself sent to the stand on more than one occasion!
“A Sons fan for more than 45 years she’s witnessed seven promotions and seven relegations, and her fair share of ups and downs.
“She’s a proper football romantic, always positive about her team and supports them to the last. She has brought up her son Jack to be a Dumbarton fan too, and remembers fondly their being three generations of her family at the Rock.”