Cheltenham Town video: Clean-sheet king Brown honoured to scoop an awards double
GOALKEEPER Scott Brown said he was "humbled and proud" to win both the players' player of the year and supporters' player of the year awards, writes Laura Fell.
The 28-year-old said he could not thank the fans and his team-mates enough, especially goalkeeping coach Steve Book and fellow custodian and Welsh Under-21 international Connor Roberts, who he said were "a pleasure to work with."
Brown, who has kept 20 clean sheets this season, is keen to repay the fans' kindness with potentially three more clean sheets in the play-offs as the Robins head to Northampton Town on Thursday for the first leg of the semi-final.
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"I can't thank everyone enough," he said.
"I am very humbled and proud, and I think my mum will be crying in the crowd.
"The supporters work hard and pay their hard-earned money to come here, and to receive their vote means a lot.
"And even those who didn't vote for me, they still pay their money and we as a team can't thank them enough. It was a very proud moment and hopefully I can repay them in the next three games."
Brown puts the number of clean sheets kept this season down to the consistency of the back four and the brilliance of training partner Roberts and coach Book.
Wolverhampton-born Brown last summer told the Echo his target for the season was 20 clean sheets, and he is thankful that Cheltenham have made it.
This total also matches Book's record from the 2001/02 promotion campaign.
"Bookie has been absolutely brilliant," he said.
"He and Connor are just a pleasure to work with. I can't thank them enough for all the support they've given me this season.
"Connor is always bright and lively. It's difficult when you're not playing to keep supporting the keeper who is playing, but he's a great prospect.
"The six defenders have also been absolutely magnificent. They all deserve it too."
Shane Higgs, Cheltenham keeper from 1999 to 2009, made 240 appearances for the Robins and won the supporters' player of the year award twice.
Brown counts Higgs as a "great role model."
"Higgsy was brilliant and the seasons we stayed up in League One he was phenomenal," Brown said.
"There are some great names on these trophies so to follow in their footsteps means a lot."