Rather unsurprisingly, we are proud to announce that the winner of our end of season, Player of the Season Poll, is Clayton Donaldson. Well done that man, who garnered an impressive 71% of the votes. Here are the final standings:
- Clayton Donaldson (71%, 67 Votes)
- Paul Caddis (9%, 8 Votes)
- Michael Morrison (6%, 6 Votes)
- David Davis (3%, 3 Votes)
- Darren Randolph (3%, 3 Votes)
- Demarai Gray (2%, 2 Votes)
- Jonathan Grounds (2%, 2 Votes)
- Nikola Zigic (1%, 1 Votes)
- Stephen Gleeson (1%, 1 Votes)
- Diego Fabbrini (1%, 1 Votes)
It says a lot about the striker that he did so much better than the likes of Caddis and Morrison who could in his absence have done similarly well. A final few words about the poll to suggest Fabbrini would be one player we’d love to see returning to St Andrews next season, having done enough to impress one fan at least that he was our player of the season. Not bad, considering he only made five appearances! Demarai Gray may well be the one player who we seem to have that’s worth multiple millions of pounds at this stage, but only two fans thought he was worth the hype. If he stays, then he’ll have to pick his game up a little, to show the consistency Bournemouth obviously thought he was capable of, but if he does go, you’d have to hope it is for an improved offer than the £5m deadline day offer that was rumoured; and that we can then give that cash to Gary Rowett to invest wisely. This leads to our latest poll, which you can vote for on the right hand side of Joys and Sorrows. Which area of the pitch do you think Gary Rowett should prioritise?
On to the second reason for this blog – Colin Doyle’s testimonial, or lack of. I have to admit, I was really keen to see the Irishman rewarded for his long-standing loyalty to the club, but the Blues Collective, via the Made in Brum fanzine have given a great analysis of the reasons why this isn’t something Colin Doyle himself would want. Instead, it is suggested that we should support Colin and Becky Doyle’s charity Liam’s Smiles. As Joys and Sorrows have blogged in favour of the Doyles’ charity raising before, it is indeed something Joys and Sorrows would urge you to do.
We reproduce the Blues Collective Blog below….it is worth noting that – at the time of publishing this blog, they are 74% on their way to raising their target of £15,000.
We have contacted the club on behalf of our members after several pages felt the need to instigate a request for a testimonial for Colin Doyle.
The decision that Colin is leaving has not been decided in the last few days. Fund raising events have been organised between Colin and the Club for some time.
The Club and Colin have had discussions and jointly decided that the there will be different events raising money for Liam’s Smiles.
The PA15 event on Sunday raised over £10,600 for Liam’s Smiles.
The club have recognised Colin’s loyalty and have repaid the loyalty by supporting the one thing that means the world to both him and Becky and that is their charity.
This support will continue with Gary Rowett running the London marathon raising more funds for Liam’s Smiles.
Experience tells us that testimonials do not in general generate a large attendance and the cost of hosting such an event is in excess of £30,000 and the net proceeds aren’t always as big as some believe.
The passion and loyalty displayed to Colin by bluenoses is not at all surprising but commendable nevertheless.
Perhaps all those wishing to attend a testimonial would prefer to donate the amount they would be prepared to pay to watch a testimonial directly to Liam’s Smiles, or why not create an event and raise money at that event.
Colin and Becky have requested we put a link to their London Marathon page which is a great way to support Colin, Gary Rowett and Club staff but more importantly raising funds for Liam’s Smiles
Please find out more or donate please click link below