Roy Carroll is named International Personality

Top Goalscorer Award winner 'Liam Boyce receives his award from Paul Ferguson
Top Goalscorer Award winner 'Liam Boyce receives his award from Paul Ferguson

Roy Carroll’s impressive return from exile saw him crowned Vauxhall International Personality of the Year.

The Northern Ireland goalkeeper enjoyed an impressive revival in the green jersey and helped Greek club Olympiakos claim a domestic double.

The 35-year-old saw off the challenge of Niall McGinn – who has netted 20 goals for Aberdeen – and Jonny Evans who helped Manchester United win their 20th title.

Meanwhile, Niall Currie’s Ards picked up the Non-Senior Team of the Year.

Ards claimed the Championship 1 title and are now preparing for life in the Premiership next season.

There was double success for Ards with captain James Cully winning the BT Sport Championship Player of the Year.

Cully got the vote over Dundela hot-shot Ben Roy and Warrenpoint’s John Boyce.

The Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Association named departing Northern Ireland under-16 manager Bob Ramsey as their Merit Award winner.

Ramsey has given a lifetime contribution to youth football in this country.

The NIFWA also paid respect to sports journalism doyen Dr Malcolm Brodie MBE, former QPR and Norther Ireland captain Alan McDonald and Bill Clark, respected sports journalist) – who all sadly passed away during the last year.

Malcolm and Alan were posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame, which is now named in honour of Dr Brodie.

Also on the night, event MC and BBC Sport personality Jackie Fullerton received a surprise NIFWA front page in celebration of his 40 years in television, and his 70th birthday which is on May 22.