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March 30, 2010


Well done to Andy Williams for making the top 20 in The Football League list of top goals for 2009.

Andy’s away goal at Southampton was rated good enough to make the elite placing. The nomination follows a good record for our club over the past three years with Rickie Lambert claiming the final shortlist in 2007 for his wonder effort in the away game at Luton Town in our first season back in the third tier. [image1]Jo Kuffour made the long list in 2008 with his fine goal at Leicester City. Pity that all the nominations have been for goals scored away from the Mem but we will take the recognition just the same.

Why our match day programme does not get the acclaim it deserves continues to baffle. “The Pirate”  wins the top spot in the Programme Monthly list year after year but fails to delight at The Football League. I guess when it comes to football club programmes, the Football Monthly knows what it’s doing.

In the eyes of The League, supporters are foremost in selecting the Goal of the Year entries from respective clubs. This year we will be putting up a Goal of the Month throughout the year to help our supporters with the Bristol Rovers nomination. The list so far takes Chris Lines for his second goal against Wycombe in January and Paul Heffernan for his well taken goal against Charlton Athletic in February. Jo Kuffour’s stunning opener at Swindon is well on track for March with still a couple of weeks to go. 
The Football League Awards reward excellence both on and off the pitch. For 2009, a total of 295 entries were received from all 72 League Clubs. The number one spot in the FourFourTwo Top 50 Football League Players went to Newcastle United’s striker Kevin Nolan. Jermaine Beckford of Leeds United was the highest ranked Coca-Cola League 1
player and Craig Dawson of Rochdale the best from Coca-Cola League 2. The full list of The Top 50 Football League Players can be found either in the May issue of FourFourTwo which is on sale now, or on the FourFourTwo website 
Commenting on the 2010 Football League Awards, Football League Chairman, Lord Mawhinney, said:

“Once again, these awards have given us the opportunity to honour those clubs and individuals whose commitment to the game or their local community goes beyond the call of duty.”The fifth Football League Awards have been an enormous success, and I congratulate all the winners on their achievements.” 
The full list of winners from The 2010 Football League Awards is as follows: 
EA SPORTS Fan of the Year  
Herbert Taylor – Southampton
E.ON Family Club of the Year – League 2 
Shrewsbury Town 
E.ON Family Club of the Year – League 1 
Huddersfield Town 
Highly commended – Milton Keynes Dons and Swindon Town
E.ON Family Club of the Year – Championship 
Highly Commended – Leicester City
CSI Sports Best Matchday Programme 
Scunthorpe United – ‘The Iron’! 
Best divisional programmes – Huddersfield Town (League 1) and Rotherham United (League 2)
Championship Manager Apprentice of the Year Coca-Cola League 2 
Kyle Haynes – Cheltenham Town 
Championship Manager Apprentice of the Year Coca-Cola League 1 
Tom Adeyemi – Norwich City 
Championship Manager Apprentice of the Year Coca-Cola Championship 
Adam Matthews – Cardiff City 
PFA Player In The Community 
Zesh Rehman – Bradford City
The Football Foundation Community Club of the Year  
Joint winners – Southend United and Watford 
Mitre Goal of the Year (in association with Soccer AM) 
Nicky Maynard
Perform Best Marketing Campaign 
Nottingham Forest – ‘Mixed Family Area’
Fleishman-Hillard Best Digital Content 
Derby County
The Football League Trust Best Community Project 
Brighton & Hove Albion – ‘Making a Difference’ Disability Project
Highly commended: 
Huddersfield Town – ‘Cheerleaders’ Sports Participation Project 
Notts County – ‘Active Schools’ Health Project 
Rotherham United – ‘United 4 Communities’ Social Inclusion Project 
Southend United – ‘Goals!’ Education Project 
Southend United – ‘Going Green for the Blues’ Environment Project 
FourFourTwo Young Player of the Year 
Nathaniel Clyne – Crystal Palace
FourFourTwo Player of the Year – League 2 
Craig Dawson – Rochdale
FourFourTwo Player of the Year – League 1 
Jermaine Beckford – Leeds United 
FourFourTwo Player of the Year – Championship 
Kevin Nolan – Newcastle United
Contribution to League Football 
Gordon Taylor OBE 
Gordon has served the game with distinction across each of the last five decades during a playing career that included 548 Football League appearances for Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and Bury and, since 1981, as the head of the PFA. Gordon is well deserving of this top award for all of his hard work and dedication down the years.

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