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Football League Awards: Club Shortlisted

30 January 2014

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Doncaster Rovers are delighted to announce they have been shortlisted for a Football League award for the second year running.

This time the club are nominated in the Category of Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year Award.  The shortlist for the award is made up of five regional winners, of which Doncaster Rovers were confirmed as the North East Winner this morning.

The Awards, which celebrate on and off pitch achievements across The League’s 72 clubs, will reward players, clubs and fans in eight categories, which include honours for the Family Club of the Year, Community Club of the Year, Fan of the Year and the Unsung Hero award.

On the pitch, the 2014 Apprentice of the Year will be chosen for each division, as will the Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and the Goal of the Year.

In total, 31 clubs have been nominated, with Championship side Derby County leading the way with three nominations, while a further five clubs have been nominated twice.

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said:

“Many millions of fans attend Football League matches each season and The Football League Awards 2014 provides the opportunity to recognise star performances, both on and off the pitch.

“Once again, the quality of the entries this year has been extremely high, so to make the shortlists is a real achievement by the clubs and individuals involved. We wish all those nominated the best of luck and look forward to a fantastic evening in March when we will announce the winners.”

Gavin Baldwin, Chief Executive, of Doncaster Rovers said “This is the second time the Club have been shortlisted for a Football League award in two years.  It shows the great progress the club is making off the pitch and that we are seen as best practice among our peers, which is a fantastic compliment.”

“Credit has to go to Liam Scully and the Community Sports & Education Foundation, for the fantastic work they deliver throughout the Doncaster Community”

Liam Scully, Chief Executive, of the Doncaster Rovers Community & Education Foundation said “We’ve had an amazing year and have undertaken so many fantastic projects across Doncaster.  We work in partnership with DMBC, Selby College, The Football League Trust, The PFA, SY Police, SY Fire & Rescue, St Leger Homes and some many others. This news is a credit to all our partners too.”

The shortlists were drawn up by a panel of judges over two days on 21st and 22nd January 2014, following a stringent assessment process. Judges included influential members of media, sports industry figures and representatives of The Football League and its partners.

Award shortlists in full:

Family Club of the Year Award:
Birmingham City
Bristol City
Oxford United
Plymouth Argyle
Wolverhampton Wanderers

Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year Award (shortlist comprises of five regional winners):
Brentford (South East Winner)
Derby County (Midlands Winner)
Doncaster Rovers (North East Winner)
Morecambe (North West Winner)
Portsmouth (South West Winner)

Unsung Hero Award:
Norman Rimmington (Barnsley, Assistant Kitman)
Fred Woolven (Brighton & Hove Albion, Club Lottery Volunteer)
Frank Banks (Southend United, Community and Education Trust Volunteer)

PFA Player in the Community Award:
Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday)
David Martin (Milton Keynes Dons)
Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient)

LFE Apprentice of the Year – Championship:
Mason Bennett (Derby County)
Jake Charles (Huddersfield Town)
Bryn Morris (Middlesbrough)

LFE Apprentice of the Year – League 1:
Josh Brownhill (Preston North End)
Brendon Galloway (Milton Keynes Dons)
Samuel Szmodics (Colchester United)

LFE Apprentice of the Year – League 2:
Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle)
Bradley Walker (Hartlepool United)
Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth)

Perform Best Digital Content & Audience Growth Award:
AFC Bournemouth
Coventry City
Derby County
Oxford United
Queens Park Rangers

Clubs not shortlisted for these awards could still taste success on the evening. There will also be awards on the night for the Mitre Goal of the Year, Managerial Achievement Award, Capital One Supporter of the Year, Sky Bet Player of the Year for the Championship, League 1 and League 2, Young Player of the Year, and Contribution to League Football.

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

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