Y Ddraig Awards 2016
Because who would want to win a BBC Sports Personality of the Year award when you could win a Ddraig award?
Player of the Year
It would be easy to give our Player of the Year award to Gareth Bale, who at times has appeared to carry this Welsh side to victory. He’s been unstoppable, out of this world and a leader, but he’s also on the best players in the World; it’s what he should be doing.
We’re giving our Player of the Year award to Joe Allen; a man who has lifted himself from comedy figure to one the Premier League’s leading midfielders. He’s become one of Wales’ most important players; alongside Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. He’s become a leader and has grabbed some really important goals in 2016. We love you Joe Allen, keep doing what you’re doing.
Goal of the Year
There’s only one winner here. We wanted to resist giving it to Hal Robson-Kanu’s magical goal against Belgium in the Quarter Finals of Euro 2016, but how can we ignore a Puskas nomination?
It was arguably the greatest goal in Welsh football history and a moment every single Welshman will never forget. I can still picture that exact moment; stood in a bar in Ottawa, Canada with some Belgium fans sat near us.
Moment of the Year
There’s too many to choose from, isn’t there? Gareth Bale’s goal against England, the euphoria of winning our first major tournament game since 1958 and the aforementioned Robson-Kanu goal. We’re giving our Moment of the Year award to the welcome home party for our heroes.
Thousands of fans welcome home the Welsh football team to Cardiff, with an open-top bus taking the team around the capital city. It was a special moment; one that few will forget. It was a moment to be proud of being Welsh, proud of what we’ve achieved and proud of our team.
By Scott Salter
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