‘Top of stops’ keeper Chris Smith named Falkirk Herald’s Starshot winner for 2013/2014

Stenhousemuir v Airdrie'Pic by Alan Murray  26-04-14'Arthur McTague presents Chris Smith with Herald Starshot
Stenhousemuir v Airdrie'Pic by Alan Murray 26-04-14'Arthur McTague presents Chris Smith with Herald Starshot
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Stenhousemuir’s runaway winner of The Falkirk Herald’s Starshot Trophy Chris Smith was delighted to receive his award following his team’s defeat against Airdrie.

“It was very disappointing to lose, but this is just brilliant,” he told Heraldsport, “I won a few awards in the younger teams when I started off at St Mirren, but I suffered a cruciate injury and went on loan to Dunfermline.

“I did well for a couple of years there and won the league before going back to St Mirren and I was part of the squad that won the League Cup against Hearts.

“I had only played against Martin Corrigan, but he is a lovely guy and when he asked me to come here to play a few games last year I was delighted to do so. I really enjoyed it and was happy to sign again this season.”

Whether the big minder will be at Ochilview next term remains in the balance though.

The 28-year-old said “I’ve started as a probationer police officer. I have spoken to the Chief Inspector at my Glasgow base in London Road and he appeared keen that I continued to play, but I still have to get it sorted. I hope I can because I really enjoy it here, the dressing room is great and guys are brilliant.

“Coming into training every Tuesday and Thursday is a joy and it’s because of the great guys in front of me that I have won this award.”

The goalie won the league at St Mirren, but was disarmingly humble at winning the Starshot Trophy, “It’s just brilliant,” he said, “I’m absolutely delighted and thank the Falkirk Herald for this recognition, it really is appreciated.”

Boss Scott Booth was equally pleased his minder’s season has been rewarded.

He said: “I’m delighted for Chris. By all accounts he had a brilliant season before I arrived and has been terrific for me. This award is well deserved and everyone here is delighted for him. We also thank the Herald for running this competition every year and is very much appreciated.”