Cheltenham Town FC FOOTBALL Latest Sports News League One Sport

Ex-Cheltenham Town and QPR defender crowned Player of the Season for Championship club

Former Cheltenham Town defender Rob Dickie has been crowned Bristol City’s 2023/24 Player of the Season.

Dickie spent two years at Cheltenham on loan from Reading between 2015 and 2017, where he scored five goals and provided five assists in 54 matches.

The defender joined City at the start of the season in a £1m move from Queens Park Rangers and has established himself as one of Bristol’s most consistent performers this term.

The 28-year-old was presented with the award after City’s 2-0 win against Rotherham United on Saturday.

“It’s really special, it’s so nice to have my wife and my children here as well,” Dickie said. “It’s a really special day, I’m happy to pick up the award and that we got the win too.”

In his maiden year in BS3, Dickie has featured in 40 league matches, with five goals, an assist and guided his side to 11 Championship clean sheets.

Jason Knight, Max O’Leary and George Tanner were also strong contenders to pick up the prize, but the 6’4 centre-back beat his teammates to the award.

Dickie added: “I’m really proud to receive it, it’s nice that the fans appreciate the season I’ve had and to be appreciated by my teammates as well is really special.”

While the defender’s first season has been a success on an individual note, City have had an up and down season in terms of results and performances.

The club’s initial goal was to push for a top six finish, but several factors, including a manager change, nullified their progression toward that goal.

Since the appointment of Liam Manning, following Nigel Pearson’s departure in October, City have developed a more possession-based style of play, and are enjoying an excellent start to the season.

“We want to make it eight games unbeaten next week against Stoke, take time to rest up and re-charge in the summer, it’s been pretty full on for a lot of the season,” Dickie added.

“But, next season the goal will be to finish in the top six and I feel and we feel as a club that we can be pushing for that.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *