Warriors do the double

Irn-Bru's Adrian Troy hands over the Division two top prize
Irn-Bru's Adrian Troy hands over the Division two top prize

Stenhousemuir FC is quids in after enjoying a grand old time at the annual Irn-Bru Phenomenal awards last week.

The Warriors, for the second year running, scooped the top prize in the Second Division for the Scottish Football League sponsors can collection drive and were awarded £10,000 towards their youth initiatives.

The incredible total of 34,269 cans was the highest in the entire 30-team SFL and will help run the club’s rewards scheme next season.

Warriors in the Community chief Martyn Buckie collected the cheque on his first visit to the awards and told Heraldsport it was testament to more than the club - but to the whole community.

“The players and the children have helped out, the parents have too.

“We’ve had support from local businesses collecting too so it has been a real team effort from everyone.”

The cash will likely fund merchandise rewards for the young Warriors fans who take part in the rewards scheme, and are given hats, scarves and strips in return for attending matches at Ochilview - where, as under-16s, they enter for free.

Last year’s money went on the rewards scheme too which has helped attendances at not only the first-team games, but at community courses too, blossom.

“There’s no real secret or tactic to the collections,” added Buckie, who was joined by director Iain McMenemy and chairman Bill Darroch in collecting the award. “It’s just hard work and commitment.”

In the past three years the Warriors efforts in collecting cans, and bottle tops as part of the scheme has netted the club a ‘phenomenal’ £38,000.

Andy Rodgers was also up for an award - nominated for the goal of the season, but he came second to Bruyan Prunty of Livingston. Martyn Corrigan was also runner-up in the Division Two manager of the year award.

East Stirlingshire’s collection attempt earned them a share of second place in Division Three and £3,750 while Falkirk were given £650 as seventh place in Division One.