Readers of this blog may recall several months ago that we highlighted that no Goalkeepers had won the player of the year award in the State League Football awards since they were introduced in 1961. (A Time to Listen or a Time to Lead).
After talking to some of the referees they said it was because they had to vote for a goalkeeper on the match cards so often never thought to give them votes in those allocated for the game.
Football West have looked into this issue and have advised that this year on the match cards there is a note to referees stating that they can vote for goalkeepers in their 3-2-1 votes, as well as indicating who they thought was the best ‘keeper on the day.
It will be interesting to see if the goalkeepers poll better in the overall medal count this coming season.
But well done the powers that be at Football West.