Burnley striker Vokes scoops fans’ awards

This Is Lancashire: Sam Vokes celebrates goal at Queens Park Rangers Sam Vokes celebrates goal at Queens Park Rangers

STRIKER Sam Vokes was the overall winner at Burnley’s end of season supporters’ awards last night, but Kieran Trippier said the accolade could go to any one of his team-mates in their promotion-winning year.

Player of the year awards from 12 of the 13 supporters’ club branches were spread between Vokes, top scorer Danny Ings, captain Jason Shackell, right back Kieran Trippier, goalkeeper Tom Heaton and wide man Scott Arfield.

Vokes came out on top with five votes, with Ings and Shackell – who were both named in the PFA Championship team of the year – scooping two each.

It came as no surprise to Trippier that the awards were so spread out.

“You could have named all of our team,” said the right back, who was also included in the PFA XI, for the second year in succession as Burnley boasted a trio for the first time.

Trippier, who scooped the club player of the year prize ahead of top scorer Jay Rodriguez in 2012, was voted player of the year by the West Yorkshire Clarets.

“The awards could have gone to anyone. The lads have all been brilliant this season.

“Danny Ings and Jason Shackell both deserve it, Scott Arfield is a real contender for player of the year in my eyes, and Dean Marney has been brilliant this year too,” continued Trippier, who was voted player of the year by the West Yorkshire Clarets branch.

There were two other awards on the night, with Clarets legend Ian Britton receiving recognition from supporters clubs combined.

In the year that Burnley went UP to the Premier League, Britton was honoured for his contribution for keeping the club IN the Football League in 1987 and his goal against Orient on the final day of that season, when the Clarets needed to win to avoid the drop.

The 59-year-old former Chelsea midfielder, who is battling cancer, scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 win.

Upon receiving his award last night, an emotional Britton thanked supporters for the gesture and wished manager Sean Dyche and his players all the best in the Premier League.

“They totally deserve it,” said Britton of promotion.

Ticket office manager Elaine Clare also received the Janice Fretwell Memorial Trophy.

But the final award of the night went to the team, presented to manager Dyche, his backroom staff and players for Burnley’s promotion season, equalling and breaking club records along the way.

Dyche said: “The award means a lot to us and the club. It means so much because people like you count.

“Wherever we travel there are always Clarets knocking around.

“We know how much you care for the club.”

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