Our Man of the Year award featured ten nominees, each championed by a football blogger, and we ended up with a pretty varied list of candidates, each with strong cases for their inclusion. But as the vote began, it became clear very quickly that there were two men to beat.
The hilarious spoof Sam Allardyce Twitter account @TheBig_Sam raced into a massive lead, at one point having almost 60% of the vote, but thanks to some excellent online hustings-style promotion by The Real FA Cup, Whitley Bay’s Paul Robinson started to gather a lot of support, with even the BBC’s Non League Show helping push the claims of the third most famous active footballer with that name.
But neither the Bolton defender nor the Blackburn keeper can match the achievements of Whitley Bay’s own “Robbo”, who takes our inaugural Man of the Year award after a quite brilliant year.
To find out why Paul Robinson won, check out The Real FA Cup’s nomination blog by clicking here.
The Football Pubcast Man of the Year Award – The Results
1st – Paul Robinson (Whitley Bay) – nominated by @therealfacup – 34.36%
2nd – @TheBig_Sam (Twitter) – nominated by @iainmacintosh – 30.12%
3rd – Ian Holloway (Blackpool) – nominated by @matchlivejulian – 14.29%
4th – Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors & Argentina) – nominated by @LaylaCarlsson – 5.02%
5th – Diego Maradona (Argentina) – nominated by @hartch – 3.86%
6th – Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan & Holland) – nominated by @MarcusDysch – 3.47%
= – Andy Carroll (Newcastle United & England) – nominated by @michaelcoxon – 3.47%
= – Gerard Pique (Barcelona & Spain) – nominated by @chrismayerV1 – 3.47%
9th – Steve McClaren (FC Twente & Wolfsburg) – nominated by @LesRosbifs – 1.16%
10th – Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland & Ghana) – nominated by @simonhead – 0.77%