Cork sports historian Plunket Carter charts the annual Soccer Writers Awards and monthly prizes from their origin in the 1960/1961 season through to the modern era.
In the fifth and final part, he reflects on 2006 to the current season, with Cork City's double in 2018 an obvious highlight!
Paul Doolin, the personality recipient in 2002 in disappointing circumstances, mounted the rostrum again in 2007 guiding Drogheda to their first title victory.
Cork City won the Setanta Cup and their striker Dave Mooney won the June award. Bohs retained the league in 2009 and Liam Buckley, manager of FAI Cup winners Sporting Fingal, won the Personality Award.
Dundalk won 2-0 and manager Stephen Kenny won the personality award for the first time. Cork City surprisingly, apart from Mark McNulty being named Goalie of the Year, were given just a single monthly award when Mark O’Sullivan got the nod in June.
Sean Maguire, the league’s top scorer, ended Dundalk’s double hopes when he scored in the last minute of extra-time in the FAI final.
There was no stopping Maguire who netted 20 goals before moving to Preston in July. Maguire, Conor McCormack, Ryan Delaney, Alan Bennett, and Mark McNulty (Goalkeeper of the Year for the third time) picked up monthly awards.