Newcastle United midfielder Kevin Nolan was celebrating today after being named Coca-Cola Championship Player of the Month for April.

Nolan was in outstanding form in April, scoring five goals in six league games. The midfielder began his scoring streak with a goal in the 3-2 away win at Peterborough United. A stunning volleyed winner in the home win over Sheffield United followed to help clinch the Magpies' promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship. Three goals in the next four games, including a brace at Reading, ensured Newcastle United not only ended the month unbeaten but as winners of the Coca-Cola Championship.

Also shortlisted for the April award were Peter Whittingham of Cardiff City, Andy King of Leicester City and Gary Hooper of Scunthorpe United.

Michael Nelson of Norwich City won the award in League 1 and Lee Hughes of Notts County was given the League 2 accolade.

The decision to present the Coca-Cola Championship Player of the Month award was made by the Coca-Cola Player of the Month awards panel which includes former World Cup referee Jack Taylor, on behalf of The Football League, Steve Bates, Chairman of the Football Writers' Association, Malcolm Clarke, Chairman of the Football Supporters' Federation and Steve Watts, Marketing Assets Manager, Coca-Cola Great Britain. 

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