The One Club Man Award (One Club Woman in the case of a woman being the winner) was born in 2015 to reward players whose trajectories in a single team represent values that Athletic Club considers attached to their identity.
Jose Angel Iribar, the player who has played more games with Athletic Club, and the youngest representative of Lezama, accompany the footballer One Club Man/Woman to the center of the field and give him or her the corresponding trophy during the break of an Athletic game in San Mamés.
Understood as a form of recognition to the Club that trusted and bet on a young promise who developed into an elite footballer.
In favor of a football culture that encourages a feeling of common belonging among fans and players.
With common origins and the identities of football based on the principle of origin.
So that the sporting sense of the game prevails and the equality between the participants is maintained.
Of both men and women fans, whose passion is the raw material that enriches football.
The most recent winner of the VI OCM Award is Ryan Giggs, Manchester United legend. The Welsh footballer played 963 games with the Red Devils over 24 seasons, from 1991 to 2014. The 35 titles in his career make him the most successful player in the history of English football. San Mamés is impatiently waiting for the alarm state caused by the coronavirus pandemic to end, so that the award ceremony to honor the Old Trafford myth can take place.
The winner of the II OCW Award is the German player Pia Wunderlich, one of the most prestigious international footballers and the world champion in 2003. With 1.FFC Frankfurt, the women’s football club where she developed her entire professional career, she conquered three UEFA Women’s League, six Bundesligas and seven Cups throughout 16 seasons, from 1993 to 2009. Eli Ibarra, the player with the most matches in Athletic history, will deliver the trophy to the German midfielder when possible.
The winner of the 5th OCM Award was Billy McNeill, player and mythical captain of Celtic F.C. for 18 seasons, playing 822 official matches and thus becoming the footballer who has worn more times the Scottish club shirt. The tribute was paid to him on Sunday 12 May 2019 during the half-time of the match between Athletic Club and R.C. Celta de Vigo and, due to McNeill’s death three weeks earlier, the award was picked up by his daughter Susan and his former teammate in Celtic’s defence, John Clark.
The winner of the 1st OCW Award was Malin Moström, Umeå I.K. player for 12 seasons. She has won six leagues, four Cups and two European Cups, as well as a World Cup runner-up and a European Cup with Sweden. The award ceremony took place on Saturday 27 April 2019 during the half-time of the match between Athletic Club and Deportivo Alavés.
The winner of the 4th One Club Man (OCM) Award was Carles Puyol, who played for FC Barcelona for 15 seasons, from 1999/00 to 2013/14, appearing in 593 official matches for the team referred to as the blaugranas. The prize-giving ceremony was held on Saturday, 5 May 2018, at half-time in the match between Athletic Club and Real Betis Balompié.
The winner of the 3rd OCM Award was Sepp Maier, goalkeeper for Germany’s FC Bayern Munich for 13 seasons, from 1966/67 to 1978/79. The corresponding ceremony was held on Friday, 14 April 2017, at half-time in the match between Athletic Club and UD Las Palmas.
The winner of the first ever OCM Award was Matt Le Tissier, who played for Southampton FC for 17 seasons, from 1985/86 to 2001/2002. The prize was given to him on Tuesday, 28 April 2015, at half-time in the local derby between Athletic Club and Real Sociedad.