CRAIG BARR admitted he was “surprised” to get the top gong at the Livingston FC end of season awards night.
The Lions centre-half was handed the coveted Livi FC Players’ Player of the Year Award on Saturday night.
He said: “I was really pleased to be given the award.
“It’s voted for by the players so that makes it extra special as they’re the guys I work with and train with every day.
“I was surprised to get the award because there are lots of guys who deserve it.”
He added: “It was a great night and I thought the guys who won the other awards fully deserved them.
“There were lots of other players who deserved to get special mentions and I think five or six other players could have come away with prizes.”
The man they call “Mango” was handed the award by stalwart Davie Cairns after weeks of Lions boss John Hughes singing the defender’s praises for bossing the backline.
After Barr’s accolade was presented to him, it was time for the Goal of the Season Award to be handed out.
Screens around the Almondvale Suite inside Livingston’s stadium played re-runs of the top goals scored by Lions players over the course of an exciting season.
Among the shortlisted strikes were Kyle Jacobs’ thunderous winner against Partick Thistle in September and Iain Russell’s long-distance volley against the same opponents in the return fixture in April.
But the winner went to Bobby Barr for his sensational finish during the 5-2 demolition of Falkirk on their own park in March.
The pacy winger collected the ball inside his own half, played it forward to start a great passing move before Barr made up the ground to finish off the move himself.
John Hughes made the presentation himself, stating that it was the team effort and slick passing that made it the best goal of the 2011-12 campaign.
Bobby Barr was also handed the Player of the Year Awards by fans’ side FC Livingston GS with Ryan Mutter making the presentation.
The other big winners on the night were Marc McNulty and Stefan Scougall who shared the Livi FC Players 'Young Player of the Year’ prize.
Scougall also collected Livi Lions Supporters’ Club Young Player of the Year Award.
Liam Fox was also handed a special memento for breaking the club’s appearance record.
Steven Dow handed the Livi skipper a canvas on behalf of the Livi for Life Trust.
A packed house of players, fans and management applauded the winners of each award before celebrating a highly successful season back in the First Division.