After being unveiled as out PFA Community Champion of the Year and Player's Player of the Year earlier this week, Macclesfield Town are delighted to announce that skipper Fiacre Kelleher has stormed to victory and claimed the 2019/20 Richard Butcher Player of the Year Award.
Over 1,500 votes were cast and Fiacre came out on top by a clear majority to claim the accolade, with Connor Kirby finishing runner-up.
The online vote was amalgamated with the paper votes received before lockdown and the likeable Irishman polled almost 70% of the votes - which is testament to how he has led the
Club both on and off the field over the course of the past twelve months.
Silkmen fans have been eager to pay their own personal tributes to Fiacre, with the below anecdotes taken from the popular Star Lane End Facebook group -
"Kelleher has been a leader and a very good defender - not just this season, but also last.
"He has been consistent, even when his centre-back pairing has been swopped around."
"Fiacre led by example on and off the pitch."
"Kelleher has been a rock this season!"
"Fiacre has matured so much from the player that first joined the Club. A complete rock on and off the pitch when we needed it most.
"I think the thing that impressed me most over the course of the season was the mental aspect of his game and the leadership he has shown.
"He is always talking, making sure that heads don't drop and playing with confidence and composure."
"Fiacre has had a fantastic season. It's been a pleasure to see him develop and mature, becoming the confident and level-headed captain that we saw when the season concluded.
"He has taken on board all the experiences of last season and is also nurturing the younger players in the squad - he is certainly someone we all look up to."
Once again, our heartfelt congratulations go to Fiacre on what represents another incredibly well-deserved achievement!