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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Adel Taarabt Makes Football League's Championship Player of Year Shortlist (as Does Gareth Ainsworth For League II)

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The Football League has announced the final shortlists ahead of The Football League Awards 2011 with the release of the nominations for the npower Player of the Year in each division, The Football League Young Player of the Year and EA SPORTS Outstanding Team Performance awards.

The Football League Awards is an annual ceremony celebrating on and off pitch excellence across The League's 72 clubs. The winners of the 17 awards will be announced at the gala evening at The Brewery, London on Sunday 20th March 2011.

The final shortlisted awards are shown below.

The npower Player of the Year Awards:

Fans of League clubs were given the opportunity to vote for their top players via the npower website. The top ranked players from each club were then used to compile a list for the expert judging panel to pick from. Judges were asked to select the best players from each division.

npower Championship
Grant Holt - Norwich City
Scott Sinclair - Swansea City

Adel Taarabt - Queens Park Rangers

npower League 1
Craig Mackail-Smith - Peterborough United
Glenn Murray - Brighton & Hove Albion
Bradley Wright-Phillips - Charlton Athletic

npower League 2
Gareth Ainsworth - Wycombe Wanderers
Adam Le Fondre - Rotherham United
Ryan Lowe - Bury

The Football League Young Player of the Year Award:

All registered Football League players aged under-21 at the start of the season were eligible to be considered for this award. The judging panel was looking to recognise the player they felt had made the most significant contribution and impact in first team football this season.

Will Buckley - Watford
Henri Lansbury - Norwich City
Connor Wickham - Ipswich Town

The EA SPORTS Outstanding Team Performance Award:

Judged by the staff of The Football League, this award aims to recognise the best on-pitch team performance of the 2010/11 season by a Football League club.

Northampton Town:
Competition: Carling Cup (Round 3)
Date: 21 Sep 2010
League 2 Northampton Town won on penalties at Anfield in the Carling Cup - in one of the biggest nights in the Club's history.

Competition: FA Cup (Round 3)
Date: 08 January 2011
Premier League side Newcastle United were outplayed by League 2 Stevenage as the host's progress to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup for only the second time in their history.

Competition: npower Championship
Date: 18 Sep 2010
Watford hit six against a Millwall team that had been unbeaten at home for nearly a year. It was the first time in Watford's history that six different players have scored in an away match.

A total of 36 clubs have been shortlisted for this season's Awards with Dagenham & Redbridge topping the table with three nominations. Barnsley, Burnley, Derby County, Huddersfield Town, Oxford United, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton and Southend United have all made the shortlist in two award categories.

Announcing the shortlist The Football League Chief Commercial Officer, Stewart Thomson said, 'The Football League Awards are not only a chance to celebrate the incredible football and competition within The Football League, but also some of the amazing work that goes on at every club off the field. Just making the shortlist is a great achievement taking into account the quality and quantity of entries we received this year'.

To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.FLAwards.com.

Find out the winners first via @football_league - The Football League's official Twitter feed.


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