The Football League Awards will, once again, recognise excellence both on and off the pitch, with clubs and players honoured alongside fans. There are 17 award categories in total, including a range of football awards and industry-specific honours.
The full shortlists for The Football League Awards 2011 have been announced and are as follows. Detailed information on shortlisted entries will be available shortly so please check back later.
NPOWER FAN OF THE YEAR
Nominations for this award were invited from fans of all Football League clubs. The judges were looking for someone they felt has gone above and beyond the call of duty and added that extra special bit of devotion to their club. Each of the shortlisted finalists is the npower Fan of the Year in their division, but only one will be crowned the overall npower Fan of the Year.
npower League 2 - Southend United supporter, Hannah Beard
npower League 1 - Exeter City supporter, Diana Lee
npower Championship - Coventry City supporter, Kevin Monks
THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE FAMILY CLUB OF THE YEAR
Football League clubs excel at attracting young fans and families to their grounds. The Football League's Family Excellence Awards this season recognises the 47 clubs who are delivering a fantastic family experience. This award celebrates the most outstanding club from right across The Football League that is setting the standard and providing the best experience for families.
Dagenham & Redbridge
FOOTBALL MANAGER APPRENTICES OF THE YEAR
Players eligible for this award are those in the second year of their apprenticeship (i.e. be in his 'Under 18' year and be registered as either a second year scholar or as a first year professional). Judges looked at the record of the player in all competitions since he became an apprentice, alongside his educational attainment, disciplinary record and any other outstanding achievements.
npower League 2
Henrik Breimyr - Aldershot Town
Kadeem Harris - Wycombe Wanderers
Aaron Woodley - Oxford United
npower League 1
George Baldock - Milton Keynes Dons
Dale Jennings - Tranmere Rovers
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Southampton
Adam Thompson - Watford
Connor Wickham - Ipswich Town
Wilfred Zaha - Crystal Palace
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. Whilst an individual can produce a moment of magic it takes more than that to be successful. When eleven players all work together they can create something truly spectacular that lives in the memory for a lifetime.
Liverpool 2 - 2 Northampton Town (Northampton won 4-2 on pens). League 2 Northampton Town won on penalties at Anfield in the Carling Cup in what has since been described as the biggest night in the Club's history.
Stevenage 3 - 1 Newcastle United. Premier League side Newcastle United were outplayed by League 2 Stevenage as the hosts progressed to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup for only the second time.
Millwall 1-6 Watford - Watford hit six against a Millwall team that had been unbeaten at home for nearly a year. The first time in the club's League history six different players scored in an away match.
TOKIO MARIE BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN
Judges were looking for the Clubs that best demonstrate results they have achieved during 2010 (calendar year) by running an innovative marketing campaign that delivers revenues and engages with the target audience.
Barnsley - 'Get What You Want'
Colchester United - 'The Colchester United Voucher Scheme'
Derby County - 'Black and White Forever'
Doncaster Rovers - 'The Rovers Roadshow'
Reading, for 'Engaging Female Supporters'
Sheffield Wednesday - 'Season Ticket Holder Birthday Bar'
Southampton - '125th Anniversary Kit Launch'
Southend United - 'Thriller Campaign'
BLUEFIN UNSUNG HERO AWARD
Football League clubs across the divisions rely on passionate, hardworking employees. This new award for 2011 celebrates the long-serving backroom staff who have made football their life.
Bill Edmans - Kit Man, Dagenham & Redbridge
Mary Kitson - Cleaning Supervisor, Sheffield Wednesday
Norman Rimmington - Laundry Team, Barnsley
Jim Thompson - Turnstile Supervisor, Burnley
CSI SPORTS BEST MATCHDAY PROGRAMME
This award celebrates a great football tradition - the matchday programme. Judges were looking for excellence in design, editorial, innovation and value for money.
Burnley - 'Claret & You'
Huddersfield Town - 'Give us an H'
Middlesbrough - 'RedSquare'
Rotherham United - 'The Millers'
Mitre Goal of the Year
During the 2010 calendar year, no fewer than 5043 goals were scored in Football League competitions. Each Football League club was asked to nominate their club's best goal from the 2010 calendar year. In conjunction with the presenters and viewers of Sky Sports' Soccer AM these have then been narrowed down to a shortlist of five contenders. The overall winner will be decided on the night by attendee votes
Dean Cox - Leyton Orient (v Huddersfield Town 11.09.10)
Gareth Evans - Bradford City (v Northampton Town 01.05.10)
Dean Furman - Oldham Athletic (v Notts County 14.02.10)
Rickie Lambert - Southampton (v MK Dons 20.03.10)
Lewis McGugan - Nottingham Forest (v Ipswich Town 23.10.10)
PFA PLAYER IN THE COMMUNITY
For this award clubs were asked to nominate one player from their first-team squad that they felt had played the most significant part in supporting the Club's community programme during the 2010 calendar year. In selecting an overall winner, the judges were looking to recognise the player whose involvement in the community has gone above and beyond that which would normally be expected, either across a broad range of community programmes or in support of one particular activity.
Aaron Mokoena - Portsmouth
Darren Moore - Burton Albion
Michael Raynes - Scunthorpe United
COCA-COLA COMMUNITY CLUB OF THE YEAR
League clubs are at the very heart of 72 diverse communities across England and Wales, with over 1.5 million people participating in activities run by the 72 clubs each season. The Football League Trust has six core themes of health, disability, education, sports participation, social inclusion and environmental and this award recognises those community schemes that have excelled in each of these areas during the 2010 calendar year.
AFC Bournemouth - 'Green Goals Project' (Environment)
Dagenham & Redbridge - 'Daggers Sign-Up Against Racism' (Social Inclusion)
Derby County - 'The Movement' (Sports Participation)
Queens Park Rangers - 'Downs Syndrome Tiger Cubs' (Disability)
Southend United - 'Blues Bodycare' (Health)
Stevenage - 'Kick Start Money Skills' (Education)
THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
All registered Football League players that were aged under-21 at the start of the season were eligible to be considered for this award. Judged by an expert panel of pundits and former players, the 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
NPOWER PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
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 players from each division they felt have been the most outstanding this season.
npower League 2
Gareth Ainsworth - Wycombe Wanderers
Adam Le Fondre - Rotherham United
Ryan Lowe - Bury
npower League 1
Craig Mackail-Smith - Peterborough United
Glenn Murray - Brighton & Hove Albion
Bradley Wright-Phillips - Charlton Athletic
Grant Holt - Norwich City
Scott Sinclair - Swansea City
Adel Taarabt - Queens Park Rangers
CONTRIBUTION TO LEAGUE FOOTBALL
The 'Contribution to League Football' Award is presented annually by the Board of The Football League to an individual that has given a lifetime's service to the professional game.