Three’s the magic number for prize guy Lichties

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ARBROATH managed to scoop a hat-trick of trophies at the annual Irn Bru Scottish Football League awards on Thursday night.

Not only did the boss Paul Sheerin walk away with the Third Division Manager of the Year award, young midfielder Josh Falkingham and striker Gavin Swankie also picked up honours to cap what has been a memorable year for the Lichties.

Mr Sheerin, who has just completed his first season in the hot seat at Gayfield and his debut campaign in management, beat off competition from Albion Rovers manager Paul Martin to grab his award.

He was also named runner-up in the Phenomenal Achievement category with only Dundee manager Barry Smith pipping Mr Sheerin to the post.

Swankie, who had already won the PFA Division Three player of the year, also added the SFL award to his season’s collection in a category that was dominated by the Maroons.

He beat fellow team-mates Steven Doris, Josh Falkingham and Kieran McAnespie to clinch the title in a season during which he netted 24 times.

Falkingham who missed out on that award wasn’t too disheartened though, as he was awarded the Young Player of the Season honour.

The midfielder beat Leighton Stewart and Craig Forsyth of Dundee to claim the award.