Williams is top Don at Player of the Year Awards

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Shaun Williams was the big winner on Wednesday night as he was named MK Dons’ Fans’ Player and Player’s Player of the Year.

The Irishman took home the night’s top two prizes at stadium:mk, while Stephen Gleeson was the night’s other big winner, scoring Goal of the Season for his strike against AFC Wimbledon and being named MKDSA Player of the Year.

Adam Chicksen won Young Player of the Year and Community Ambassador, David Martin landed the Media Personality prize, Darren Ollard was Disability Player of the Year and Charlie Wright won Ladies Player of the Year.

Dedicated cycling star Adam Faiers was named Fan of the Year for his efforts riding to every away ground this season.

Speaking after he picked up his prizes, Williams said: “To get an award from the fans tops it off. I know it wasn’t a good season for them but to come away with two awards isn’t too bad.

“I know we don’t have the biggest crowds, but to get the votes from them is great. I’d like to thank them for that.

“I train with them every day, so they know my strengths and weaknesses. Fortunately, I haven’t faltered much this season and they’ve all voted for me. It’s a nice touch.

“I’ve just been consistent really. I’ve played every game bar two, so if you’re doing it right off the pitch, it’ll work on it.”

Gleeson’s Goal of the Year prize split opinion, with Jon Otsemobor’s last minute winner from the same game touted as the favourite.

However, Gleeson’s rocket just before half-time to give Dons the lead was a landslide winner in the end, and the man himself admitted even he had overlooked how good it was.

“I think a lot of people forgot how good the goal was because of Jon’s goal afterwards,” Gleeson said. “Even at the time, I didn’t think it was that good, but looking back on it tonight, it flew in! It’s great to get an award for it.

“It was probably pushing 35 yards. Not a lot was happening for us on the day. They came with a game plan and it was working. Shaun (Williams) cut the ball back to me, I took a touch and it’s opened up for me so I’ve had a go and it flew in. It could’ve flown into the fans, but it’s flown into the top bin so I was delighted with it.”

Gleeson also heaped praise on his compatriot Williams.

“He’s massive for us,” Gleeson said. “Whoever didn’t vote for him among the players was probably a bit jealous! He has been brilliant.

“To have a player who can play in six positions is unbelievable. We see him every day in training and we know just how good he is and how lucky we are to have him.

“Tonight has shown that the fans and the players know how good he is.

“He has a small head so it won’t get any bigger! He’s so level headed. Since he came here, he’s been one of my really close mates. He won’t let it go to his head.”