Caption: NIFWA Committee member Mark McIntosh presents Linfield's Mark Stafford with the Belleek trophy.


Linfield defender Mark Stafford has been named NIFWA Player of the Month for September.

The powerful centre-back helped the Blues to six wins in the month, defeating Cliftonville, East Belfast, Glentoran, Ballinamallard United, Carrick Rangers and Glenavon. The Blues kept four clean sheets in the league, while Stafford weighed in with a goal against Carrick.

Upon collecting the Belleek trophy, Stafford said, "This is the first time I've won the Premiership award. I was really shocked when I got the call.

"I'm very thankful to the Football Writers' for picking me because I've played in this league for a long time, and it's nice to be recognised in this way.

"In all honesty, this award could have gone to any of our back four and we performed well as a unit all week."

Crusaders star Paul Heatley was runner-up, while Coleraine midfielder Ben Doherty was third.

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