Birmingham City’s Brian Murphy has been honoured with the Tokio Marine Kiln Club Hero Award at The Football League Awards 2015.Murphy received the award at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.
The Football League Awards 2015 mark the 10th year of the awards, which celebrate on and off pitch excellence across The League’s 72 clubs. This year all 72 clubs were nominated for at least one award.
Murphy beat off competition from individual nominees from each of The Football League’s 72 clubs to claim the overall Tokio Marine Kiln Club Hero Award.
Brian, a lifelong Blues fan, began to work for the club when his son Wayne - who was on the groundstaff - became ill. Whatever role you can name, Brian has done it: groundstaff, maintenance, kit man, training ground manager, unofficial psychologist, confidante and adviser to players and managers. Brian has even sat in on and given a team talk/rallying cry when Blues were faced with relegation, and walked Karren Brady's dogs around St Andrew's. His current job is training ground/stadium maintenance manager, which he has been doing since 1997. Birmingham City without Brian would not be the same - he is an institution!
This award sees an individual at each of The Football League’s 72 clubs recognised for their loyal and dedicated service off the pitch. All club employees who have given more than 10 years of service to their club were eligible for this award, and the club hero can be from any role with the football club.
All clubs submitted one nomination each for this Award, with one individual chosen as the recipient of the overall ‘Club Hero’ award.
Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: "The 10th Football League Awards has given us the opportunity to reward outstanding performance, both on and off the pitch, during what has been a memorable Football League season.
"Each of our winners thoroughly deserves this recognition and, once again, we've seen exceptional levels of talent, dedication and achievement across all our nominees."
The Football League Awards 2015 were streamed live on The Football League's official YouTube channel and website, while highlights will be shown on Sky Sports 1 on Monday evening at 6:15pm and 9:15pm.
To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.FLAwards.com or search for #FLAwards on Twitter, and other social media.