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‘Brooker Prize’, Prize Given

Ah, was it not Lady Mary Currie, in her literary guise as Violet Fane, who once said “all good things come to he who waits”. Well, it was either her or Matt Le Blanc in that pointless Tomato Ketchup advert where he left the bottle on top of the bridge. Or Guinness. Anyway, as usual I digress. The point of this post was to announce that seven weeks after winning our ‘Brooker Prize’ competition, Stuart Leyland, was finally presented his prize at the weekend, a coveted Viva Rovers mug. We had hoped to get Steve Brooker to present the award himself, but sadly he wasn’t there. Or perhaps he was and we didn’t recognise him. Either way, we found a willing substitute in Rovers versatile defender James O’Connor, seen here presenting Stu with his mug (James is the one on the left).

James O'Connor (left) presents Stu with his Viva Rovers mug (NB. Stu's choice of t-shirt had no influence on the panel's decision)

For those of you new to Viva Rovers, or those of you with short memories, or much more exciting summers, I shall explain why and how Stu won his mug. Back in May, Rovers announced that Steve Brooker would return to action in the upcoming pre-season games, but with him only having appeared once for the club (eighteen months previously and before he actually signed) we had forgotten what Mr Brooker looked like. So we duly asked our readers to draw a picture of how they perceived this near mythical forward to look. With our favourite picture set to win a Viva Rovers mug we were inundated with entries, literally seven of them, before we eventually chose the winner. For those who missed it, here also is Stu’s winning entry in all it’s glory.

Stu Leyland's all-encompassing winning masterpiece

The entries submitted by the runners-up who were left trailing in Stu’s crudely drawn wake can be viewed here


About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.


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