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Tuesday, May 1, 2001
Accolades are a habit for Bingham
By Peter Jardine

Livingston striker David Bingham is contemplating ordering a new mantelpiece after one of the most memorable weekends of his career completed a remarkable awards hat-trick.

The 30-year-old former Dunfermline man was presented with the SPFA First Division Player of the Year award on Sunday evening, 24 hours after toasting a championship winner's medal with the Almondvale outfit.

His award made him the first player in Scottish football to collect a clean sweep of titles from all three divisions below the top flight after he won the Third Division accolade with Forfar in 1995 and the Second Division prize with Livingston in 1999.

Bingham could be excused for feeling somewhat hungover on Monday but, this evening, he and his team-mates will put aside the weekend celebrations when Airdrie come calling.

'There were a few boys who came to training in some state on Monday but something like this doesn't come along often and you have to make sure you celebrate it,' said Bingham.

'Everyone has worked so hard. For me, winning the award also made it a very special weekend. I won the Third Division award with Forfar in 1995, the Second Division with Livingston in 1999 and now this makes it three.

'However, this is our first game back after winning the title and there are players here playing for new contracts. We also have a good home record and we do not want to drop our personal standards, which have been high all season.

'There is no point in doing all this good work and then mucking it all up.'

For Bingham, the club's rise to the Premier League is also a personal triumph. He left Dunfermline after being in the top flight, knowing that Livingston had the potential to provide him with a route back up to the big time. Saturday's 3-2 win over Inverness proved him right.

'It was a gamble at the time but it has worked out. Perhaps we have got here sooner than some would have imagined. The progress at this club says a lot about the chairman. He had a vision and he has done everything to make it real.'

Chairman Dominic Keane will sit down with manager Jim Leishman to decide who will stay at the club next season. A large number of first-team players are out of contract this summer and Livvy will look to bring new additions in to bolster the side for their first-ever assault on the SPL.

Leishman will make changes for tonight's game, with fringe men given a chance. He said: 'The situation gives us the chance to give some players a chance. We will still be out to get the three points as usual.

'We want to finish the season with as many points as possible regardless of what happened at the weekend.'

John Anderson is fit and is likely to start. Marvin Andrews, David Hagen and Michael Hart should return.


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