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EFL Awards success

27 March 2017

Paul Mayfield has been named Sky Bet League Two Supporter of the Year, with James Coppinger, John Marquis and Andy Butler up for awards.

Marquis and Coppinger are on a three-man shortlist to be named the best player in League Two, along with Luton Town’s Danny Hylton.

Forward Marquis is Rovers’ top scorer with 23 goals, while captain Coppinger has enjoyed a fantastic campaign and passed the 500 appearance mark for the club.

They join Luton Town forward Danny Hylton on a three-man shortlist, with the winner announced at the EFL Awards on Sunday April 9.

Andy Butler is one of three players in the running for PFA Community Player of the Year - along with Brighton's Liam Rosenior and Portsmouth's Christian Burgess.

Popular Rovers fan Paul Mayfield will also be attending the ceremony in London after being named the League Two Supporter of the Year.

Paul is well known face among fans, always with his iconic Rovers gnome in hand, and has been a leading light in the club’s Official Supporters Club for decades.

His bond with supporters and players alike was clearly shown when his partner Jill died suddenly in January within days of being diagnosed with a brain tumour. 

Fans and the club alike united to support Paul, with a minute’s applause at the next game and players embracing Paul after the win over Yeovil in solidarity – and dedicating the win to Jill’s memory.

Rovers chief operating officer Liam Scully said: “It is my belief that Paul should receive this award every year, however given the turbulent and traumatic year Paul has had I can think of no better honour than his efforts not only being recognised by Doncaster Rovers, but more so his story being shared across the EFL family. 

“Paul is a gift to us but we would gladly share him with the Football League family. He is one of our own and we are so proud.” 

EFL AWARDS SHORTLIST 
Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season: 
Chris Wood – Leeds United 
Dwight Gayle – Newcastle United 
Anthony Knockaert – Brighton & Hove Albion 

Sky Bet League One Player of the Season 
Billy Sharp – Sheffield United 
Josh Morris – Scunthorpe United 
John Fleck – Sheffield United 

Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season 
John Marquis – Doncaster Rovers James Coppinger – Doncaster Rovers 
Danny Hylton – Luton Town 
EFL Young Player of the Season 
John Swift – Reading 
Ryan Ledson – Oxford United 
Ollie Watkins – Exeter City 

PFA Player in the Community 
Liam Rosenior – Brighton & Hove Albion 
Andy Butler – Doncaster Rovers 
Christian Burgess – Portsmouth 

EFL Supporter of the Year 
Pav Samra – Derby County 
Zoe Edge – Chesterfield 
Paul Mayfield – Doncaster Rovers 

Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year – Championship 
Blackburn Rovers Brighton & Hove Albion 
Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year – League One 
Millwall MK Dons 

Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year – League Two 
Carlisle United 
Stevenage 

Checkatrade Community Club of the Year 
North West – Wigan Athletic 
North East & Yorkshire – Rotherham United 
Midlands – Burton Albion 
London – Fulham 
South East – Brighton & Hove Albion 
South West & Wales – Portsmouth 

LFE Apprentice of the Year – Championship 
Ben Brereton – Nottingham Forest 
Lloyd Kelly – Bristol City 
George Hirst – Sheffield Wednesday 

LFE Apprentice of the Year – League One 
Lewis Butroid – Scunthorpe United 
Matthew Gillam – Rochdale 
Callum Cockerill-Mollett – Walsall 

LFE Apprentice of the Year – League Two 
Myles Judd – Leyton Orient 
Alex Fletcher – Plymouth Argyle 
Leon Davies – Cambridge United

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