Football League clubs across the divisions rely on passionate, hard-working employees. This award therefore recognises loyal and dedicated service behind the scenes, people who have often given their whole working lives to their club. The contribution club staff make to League football often goes unnoticed by fans and media attending matches but without such commitment it would not be the success that it is.
Paul Bradley - Preston North End (Stadium Facilities Manager)
Paul has been with the club for over 10 years, having joined in February 2001. He is the main key holder for the stadium, meaning that he often gets called into work in the early hours, cycling the five mile journey. Despite suffering from personal difficulties in recent years he has shown exceptional dedication way beyond the call of duty in his work for the club he loves.
Warwick Rimmer - Tranmere Rovers (Youth Development Officer)
Warwick joined the club in 1983 as Commercial Manager before moving into youth development. In 1987 he re-established the club's youth system after it had been abandoned earlier in the decade and has since then gone on to develop players that have generated a total of £15 million in transfer fees and that have gained more than 4,600 appearances for the first team.
Norman Rimmington - Barnsley (Club stalwart & former goalkeeper)
Norman has been with the club since 1946 when he signed as a goalkeeper. Since his playing days finished he has be first team coach, physio, groundsman, kit man, and even had a say on past managerial appointments. He has dedicated an entire lifetime's service to the club, and has seen 30 managers come and go. At the age of 88 he still goes in to work every day to carry out his duties in his current role in the club's laundry department
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