Richard Keogh scoops CCFPA’s ‘Player of the Season’ Award
Richard Keogh is (in association with G-Casino) Coventry City Former Players Association’s ‘Player of the Season’ for 2011-12.
The Award was presented (pictured above) to Richard by Association Member and superlative Sky Blue centre forward of the 1980s Cyrille Regis. The presentation took place on the stage of Lady G’s Showbar in the G-Casino at the Ricoh after the Club’s last home game of the season against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday last, 21st April 2012. Richard was a clear favourite for the award which recognised his consistent and wholehearted displays for the Sky Blues throughout the season. Richard showed versatility and strength in several roles at the heart of the team’s defence. Keogh’s passion, fitness and commitment was second to none in the team where (as vice captain or acting captain) he showed substantial leadership qualities throughout the team’s challenging year especially given its over-reliance on young and inexperienced team mates. Richard follows last year’s winner, another central defender, Ben Turner (now doing well with Cardiff City).
The occasion was particularly poignant for the Club – the 0-2 home defeat to the Championship’s already relegated bottom (club consigning CCFC to the same fate)- but even more so for Richard. Prior to Saturday’s game he had been ever present for the Club (every minute of every game) so his unfortunate and somewaht harsh red card ten minutes before the end spoilt a very fine record. Despite this terrible end to the Ricoh season Richard’s qualities and popularity remained fully recognised by the cheers he received in Lady G’s as well as the end-of-game applause on the pitch and in the 1883 Restaurant in the panoramic E.ON Lounge where the Club’s Annual Awards ceremony was held after the match finished.
CCFPA were merely the last to recognise Richard’s stand-out contribution to the season as he scooped the vast majority of the other ‘Player of the Year’ awards on offer – those awarded on behalf of the London Supporters Club (as well as those of the Irish, South Wales and City fans), the Premier Club and most impressively his fellow Players! These were presented to Richard and other winners in front of a packed and enthusiastic audience (and a naturally subdued and despondent team and management staff). Richard is pictured above left with two of his other awards gained on the night.