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May 21, 2024

Charlie and Mason at awards double

Charlie Telfer and Mason Hancock were double winners in our end-of-season awards, with fans and players unanimous on their stellar contributions to an excellent season for the Diamonds.

Due to the club’s play-off involvement and subsequent holidays, this year’s awards were held online, with a week of polling followed by last night’s announcements.

Our Hall of Fame inductees had already been announced as part of the recent 1924 Celebration dinner, and again we paid tribute to Calum Gallagher and Callum Fordyce, who deservedly enter the Hall of Fame after proving their importance to the club over the last five seasons.

Striker Calum is moving to pastures new this summer, but his contribution will not be forgotten as he leaves the Excelsior after winning every award going and becoming the club’s top scorer of the modern era.

Defender Callum has been a defensive rock for the Diamonds since joining, having weighed in with some important goals as well as previously wearing the captain’s armband, and currently occupying the assistant manager position.

Although unusual for players to enter the Hall of Fame while still at the club, we’re sure you’ll agree that both player thoroughly merit their places among the Diamonds historical legends.

The seasonal awards were announced on social media last night, starting with those chosen by the players.

The Players Young Player of the Year, sponsored by Aquila Management Services, was Mason Hancock.

The Players Player of the Year, sponsored by 3M Contracts, was Charlie Telfer.

Moving on to our fan-voted awards, we began with the Goal of the Season award, sponsored by 3M Contracts. After a close final count, Liam McStravick took the award for his superb hit against The New Saints in the SPFL Trust Trophy final in March.

Our main player awards were also very close, with Mason Hancock again triumphant in the Young Player of the Year category, sponsored by Holemasters. It’s been a tremendous debut season for the young Londoner, who has wowed the crowds in the left-back position showing solid defensive skills while also contributing to the attack with numerous goals and assists.

Airdrie Mechanical Services were the sponsors of the Player of the Year award, which has been renamed in tribute to a true Airdrie legend who passed away earlier this year.

The winner of the Ian McMillan Player of the Year Award was Charlie Telfer, who added to his earlier award after a mercurial season in midfield. Charlie’s influence on matches, along with his deliveries from setpieces and open play alike, have been a huge factor in a successful season for the Diamonds. A hard-working and consistent performer, his displays caught the eye of the support as well as the playing squad, and a well-deserved awards double capped a fine season for the midfielder.

We’re sure you’ll agree that Charlie, Mason, and Liam were worthy winners - and many others were unlucky to miss out in an incredibly tight year of polling.

Thank you to everyone who voted, and to all of our award sponsors!




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