Ogilvie cleans up at Gills awards
Ogilvie cleans up at Gills awards

Connor Ogilvie was crowned Gillingham’s ‘Player of the Season’ for the 2019/20 campaign on Friday evening in a virtual ceremony hosted on the club’s YouTube channel.

Chairman Paul Scally, manager Steve Evans and assistant Paul Raynor were all present in the live stream, as well as award winners Ogilvie, Jack Bonham and Jack Tucker.

Last year’s vice-captain Stuart O’Keefe was also involved.

Whilst Ogilvie picked up the main award, he also won the ‘Players’ Player of the Year’, the ‘MEMS Player of the Year’ and the ‘Goal of the Season’ – beating Mikael Mandron and Regan Charles-Cook to the award, who came second and third respectively – for his last-minute strike at home to Sunderland in December.

20-year-old Jack Tucker picked up the ‘Young Player of the Year’ award for his breakout season, whilst Jack Bonham won the ‘Away Supporters’ Player of the Year’ and the ‘Chairman’s Cup’.

Upon collecting the main prize, Ogilvie said: “I want to thank, obviously, the fans. To be voted ‘Player of the Season’ is a great honour and I hope I can improve on this year in front of everyone when crowds eventually get back in.”

He then tweeted: “What a season it has been! I did not expect to pick up four awards.

“I’m truly grateful to the staff, the gaffer, the lads, but most importantly the fans for following us every step of the way and being the 12th man! Thank-you to everyone who voted for me.”

Manager Steve Evans, who presented Ogilvie with the virtual award, said: “There is no point me dressing it up. He’s the man that’s got better and better.”

There’s no denying Ogilvie had a brilliant season. After struggling at times in the left full-back role on loan the previous two seasons, he seemed to have found a home in the heart of defence after joining the Gills permanently in the summer.

When Tucker broke into the team, though, Ogilvie moved back to left back and it was clear he had improved. Hard work on the training ground had, evidently, paid off.

With his improved defensive work and willingness to get forward when needed, he turned into one of the first names on the team sheet. His long throw was an asset, and some important goals – such as the one at home to Sunderland and another winner against Rochdale, also in December – were welcomed.

Naturally, a player of Ogilvie’s calibre will now have plenty of interest. The Gills should do all the can to hold onto him; if his form this season is anything like it was the last, he’ll do pretty well.