Faye wins twice at Stoke awards

19 May 2009 10:01
Stoke City defender Abdoulaye Faye picked up two player-of-the-year prizes at the club's annual awards dinner on Monday night. The 31-year-old, who had already collected trophies from nine different supporters' groups, won awards which were voted by fans and his team-mates. "I'm very happy and very proud," Faye told BBC Radio Stoke. "I'm very proud for the team, for the supporters, for my family and for everyone at Stoke City." Faye was an instant success at the Britannia Stadium, after joining the Potters from Newcastle United for £2.25m in August 2008. He has missed just one Premier League game since his arrival and has captained the team in the absence of club skipper Andy Griffin since January. Striker Ricardo Fuller also received an award for being the club's top goalscorer. The Jamaican's goal in the 2-0 win over Wigan on Saturday was his 10th of the season and he was delighted to have reached double figures for the campaign. Fuller told BBC Radio Stoke: "It's an amazing feeling. I got there last year, but that was in the league below, so to do it again is a fantastic feeling. "I want to say thank you to my team-mates and to the coaching staff, who have helped a lot." Fuller also won the award for the goal of the season, which was scored against Aston Villa in Stoke's first home game on 23 August. "That goal stands out and to do it against the likes of Martin Laursen, Curtis Davies and Zat Knight, it's a good goal," Fuller added. There was also a prize for midfielder Rory Delap, who was voted as the player of the year by manager Tony Pulis and his coaching staff. "I'm very proud and it goes on top of what's been a very good season for us," Delap told BBC Radio Stoke. "If you look at the 11 that play every week, whoever plays gives it their all. If they didn't then we wouldn't be where we are in the table." Stoke end their debut Premier League campaign at Arsenal on Sunday (kick-off 1600 GMT) and could secure a top-half finish if they beat the Gunners.

Source: BBC_Sport