‘Being shortlisted was a huge pat on the back for our dedicated team’

Blowing Bubbles editor David Blackmore and Hammers legend George Parris attended the Football Supporters’ Association Awards where we were shortlisted in the Fanzine of the Year category. The FSA Awards are the largest supporter-led awards in the UK and our fanzine was up against 4,000 Holes (Blackburn Rovers), 2 Bags of Sand (1874 Northwich), A Love Supreme (Sunderland), Popular Stand (Doncaster Rovers) and The Square Ball (Leeds United).

It was the second time that we’d been shortlisted for the annual award after a 2015 nomination, and this year we missed out again with A Love Supreme taking the prize. Despite the disappointment, David wasn’t too downbeat afterwards.   ‘I’m so proud to have made the shortlist,’ he said. ‘To be in such an elite group of fantastic football publications is a massive pat on the back and recognition of not only the huge amount of time and effort we put into producing every issue but also to the wonderful support we’ve had from the West Ham Family.’

There were a total of 84 candidates across 14 categories at this year’s FSA awards, which recognised everything from the best players of 2021 to the best podcasts, writers and pundits. The winners of all the awards were revealed at a ceremony held at The Londoner Hotel in Leicester Square on Monday 29th November, which was presented by Victoria Derbyshire.

There were some 400,000 votes cast on 10 of the categories but Fanzine of the Year was one of four categories for which it was not possible to vote on with the winner being selected by the FSA panel. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was crowned Men’s Player of the Year, holding off competition from West Ham’s Michail Antonio.

Elsewhere Alex Scott picked up the trophy for Pundit of the Year for the first time — becoming the first woman to win the award — beating previous winners Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville. The Women’s Player of the Award was won by Arsenal’s Vivienne Miedema. This is the third year in a row that the Dutch forward has won the popular vote.

Fan Media of the Year was won by Arseblog, whilst It’s All Cobblers To Me scooped Club Podcast of the Year. Peter Drury won Commentator of the Year, Jonathan Wilson came top in the Writer of the Year category, The Guardian won Newspaper of the Year, and The Athletic were crowned Online Media of the Year.

Podcast of the Year was awarded to The Guardian Football Weekly, The Warm-Up WIth Max Rushden was hailed as the best Radio Show of the Year Millwall’s Shona Groves scooped Supporter Liaison Officer of the Year, and the Punjabi Rams won the Fans for Diversity Award.

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