April 21: Facebook has revealed the names of the football fans in the running to be named Mirror Football Fan of the Year at the inaugural Facebook Football Awards. The list, which includes supporters of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, shines a light on the extraordinary dedication of Premier League supporters by highlighting truly committed fans. The winner will be voted for by the public and is set to be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London on 26th May 2015, televised live on BT Sport 1, hosted by Jake Humphrey. The event will also be streamed on Facebook and Mirror.co.uk.
Nominees supporting London clubs include Arsenal fans Jordan and Chanelle Wiebe, from Fresno, California who undertook a 6,000-mile road trip across the United States to New York to watch Arsenal’s tour match against New York Red Bulls in July 2014. Also represented is Tottenham’s Harper Jun, a member of the Spurs Huazhong Official Supporters Club in China, who walked the 48 kilometre round trip from central London to the training centre in Enfield on Christmas Day to wish the players good luck for their Boxing Day match. West Ham United’s nominee, Carmen Buckley, has been a regular face at the Hammers both home and away since the mid-60s and now brings her grandchildren along too.
Here is some more info on the Arsenal nominees……………
Arsenal – Jordan and Chanelle Wiebe
Jordan and Chanelle Wiebe, from Fresno, California, undertook an amazing 6,000-mile road trip across the United States to New York – The We All Follow the Arsenal Project – to be there for Arsenal’s tour match against New York Red Bulls in July 2014. The pair stayed with other Arsenal groups along the way and made a 32-page photography and design book out of the trip, capturing the essence of Arsenal’s community in the USA. They also put together an Arsenal-inspired art exhibition at their home pub, Peeve’s, bringing together artists from San Francisco, New York City and London.
You can also read about them on Arsenal.com
There are also nominations from Aston Villa, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion.
Launching this year for the 2014/15 season, the Facebook Football Awards are the only opportunity for fans from around the world to vote on whom they think has performed best throughout the 2014/15 Premier League season. Celebrating excellence on the pitch, the awards will allow fans a vote to decide who wins individual awards for Player and Young Player of the Year, as well as Best Premier League Club of the Year.
Fans are also invited to select a full 11 man line-up in the BT Sport Best XI of the Year award, ensuring that the Premier League’s star goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards are all recognised for their outstanding club performances this season.
Seven of the nine award categories, which also include Manager of the Year and Content of the Year, are decided solely by votes from fans. The evening will see a further two special awards handed out to a club and player based upon their performance on Facebook over the course of the season.
Open to football fans worldwide, anyone with a Facebook account is eligible to vote. Fans can vote via Football on Facebook, Sports on Facebook or through the pages of the awards’ partners: BT Sport and Mirror Football. Every fan has one vote to cast in each category. Voting opens from 07:00h (BST) on Friday 17 April 2015 and closes at 18:00h (BST) on Monday 11 May 2015.
Glenn Miller, Facebook Sports Partnerships, said: “Supporters are the lifeblood of football clubs all around the country. They bring passion and energy to the game, which is why it was important to Facebook for them to be recognised at the Facebook Football Awards. That’s what theFacebook Football Awards are all about.”
About the Facebook Football Awards
Facebook has launched its first Facebook Football Awards, a celebration of the players, clubs and fans of the Premier League. They are the only Premier League awards to be voted for by fans from around the world. Awards will be presented in nine different categories with seven voted for by football fans from all over the world. Voting opens from 07:00h (BST) 17 April 2015 and closes at 18:00h (BST) on 11 May 2015. Anyone with a Facebook account is eligible to vote. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, televised live on BT Sport 1 on 26 May 2015. The event will also be streamed on Facebook and Mirror.co.uk. The awards take place in partnership with BT Sport and the Mirror Football.
Seven of the nine award categories, including Manager of the Year and Best Premier League Club of the Year are decided solely by votes from fans. The winners of two additional awards- for a club and player – will be selected using Facebook data to calculate performance over the course of the season.
Only one vote per person, per category is permitted. Fans may complete their voting from 07:00h on 17 April onwards, until voting closes at 18:00h (BST) on 11 May 2015. Fans may vote in just one or up to up to all seven of the voting categories.
Full terms and conditions of voting can be found on the voting app https://www.facebook.com/football/app_370670299785157
Football on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/football
Sport on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sports
BT Sport: https://www.facebook.com/btsport
Mirror Football: https://www.facebook.com/mirrorfootball
Passionate fifty-something Arsenal supporter who has been making the journey to N5 regularly since the early 1980s – although his first game was in 1976. Always passionate when talking about The Arsenal, Dave decided to send a guest blog to Gunnersphere in the summer of 2011 and has not stopped writing about the Gunners since.
He set up his own site – 1 Nil Down 2 One Up – in February 2012, which he moved on in 2016 to concentrate on freelance writing and building Gunners Town, which he launched with Paul in 2014.
The objective of GT was to be new and fresh and to give a platform for likeminded passionate Arsenal fans wishing to write about their team. Dave still of course, writes for the site himself and advises the ever-changing writing crew.