Gary is named as 2012 ‘Manager of the Year’

HIGH PRAISE: Forfar Farmington's Mark Nisbet has been named the ACA Sports Coach/Manager of the Year.
HIGH PRAISE: Forfar Farmington's Mark Nisbet has been named the ACA Sports Coach/Manager of the Year.

FORFAR Farmington’s head coach Mark Nisbet picked up the ACA Sports Coach/Manager of the Year award at the SWF Awards Dinner last Friday.

The event, compered by Alison Walker, saw players, coaches and supporters of the game come together to celebrate the successes of teams and individuals during the 2012 season.

SWPL coach Mark Nisbet received the ACA Sports Manager/Coach of the Year Award, rounding off an impressive season for the club’s senior side.

On accepting the award, Mark paid testament to the efforts of his players and support staff during 2012, along with the support of the club as a whole. In his speech he revealed that adopting a pragmatic approach to balancing the demands of football alongside players’ professional careers had helped produce a product that he felt players could buy into. He also added that he gained the most satisfaction from seeing his players achieve.

Mark started his playing career on the books of Forfar Athletic as a youth player, and also saw subsequent service with Forfar West End, Forfar Albion and Kirrie Thistle.

In the summer of 2005 he was approached to assist with coaching Farmington first team which had then just been promoted to the Scottish Women’s Premier League for the first time.

Under the close eye of the club’s long serving chairman and then first team manager Colin Brown, Mark assisted in ensuring the sides continued SWPL survival. He hung up his own playing boots two years later at the age of 25 to fully commit to the coaching of the side, at which time the now head coach set a target of improving his side’s final league position and/or points total year after year - an aim that has been achieved each subsequent year.

The year 2012, his eighth at the club, proved to be a phenomenal one as Farmington SWPL produced their best ever league and cup performances.

A season’s best points total and a second place in the SWPL was matched with a first ever appearance in the League Cup last four – going one better in the Scottish Cup with a debut appearance earlier this month.

Mark also played a key role in assisting in the successful birth of a facilities partnership between Forfar Athletic, Angus Council and Forfar Farmington which saw a new 3G surface laid at Station Park.

Also at the awards, Lucy Graham was a nominee for the Scottish Sun Players’ Player of the Year Award, the fourth year running a Forfar Farmington player has received a nomination for SWF’s flagship award. The eventual winner on the evening was Glasgow City’s Jane Ross.