Linfield manager David Jeffrey has collected his 30th Carling Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Association Manager of the Month award.
The Blues boss was rewarded for his side’s blistering performances during February.
The stellar month included a 5-0 rout of Crusaders, followed up with a 1-1 draw against title rivals Portadown and a 3-1 victory over fellow league challengers Cliftonville at Solitude.
Linfield also progressed in the JJB Sports Irish Cup thanks to a convincing 5-1 victory over Carrick Rangers.
“It means an awful lot to me to win this award for a 30th time and I’d like to thank the football writers for this award and for their coverage of the local game,” Jeffrey said.
“While many people in the media are saying the league is over, that’s not true. As far as we are concerned there is a long way to go and we will continue to fight for every victory.”
Jeffrey won his first award in February 1998 and has picked up a trophy every season since, apart from 2002/03.
He has won the award three times in a row, on two separate occasions.
It has been a long wait for the Blues boss to reach the landmark. This is his first award of the season, his last being in April 2011.
p DERRY City chairman Philip O’Doherty has vowed to “ban for life” fans who vandalised sections of Windsor Park during last Monday night’s Setanta Sports Cup game with Linfield .
A number of seats were ripped up by a “small minority” of supporters attending the game.
“We had thugs purporting to be supporters who ripped up seating,” O’Doherty told the Derry Journal.
“We must identify the culprits and ban them for life from attending the Brandywell for future games.”