Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner has been honoured with the Contribution to League Football Award at the Football League Awards 2012.
Each year, this prestigious Award is presented by the Board of The Football League to an individual that has given a lifetime's service to the professional game.
Greg Clarke, Chairman of The Football League said: "During a career spanning six decades, Graham Turner has become one of the most widely respected figures in The Football League and it is a real honour to present him with this Award. His passion for the game is legendary and few can match his achievements in having a successful career as a player, a manager and in the Boardroom."
After a successful professional playing career spanning 650 senior appearances for clubs including Chester City, Wrexham and Shrewsbury Town, Turner became The Shrews' player-manager in 1978/79. In six years at the club, he won the Third Division Championship and twice reached the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Following a two year stint at Aston Villa, Turner joined Wolverhampton Wanderers where, inspired by the goals of Steve Bull and Andy Mutch, the club won two promotions and The Football League Trophy in 1988.
In 1995, Turner began a 15-year relationship with Hereford United that would see him take on a variety of roles including manager, director of football, chairman and major shareholder. His major achievement with the Bulls was to lead the club back into The Football League in 2006, after nine seasons in the Conference. This was followed by promotion to League 1 two years later.
In June 2010, at the age of 62, Graham Turner returned to Shrewsbury Town, signing a three-year deal to manage the club.
Turner received the award at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry. This year there were a total of 17 awards with 32 clubs shortlisted for honours.
Previous winners include Crewe Alexandra Director of Football Dario Gradi MBE and PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor OBE.
On winning the award Turner said, "It is a great honour to receive this award and a privilege to have my name associated with the great names that have won the award before me.
"The years have flown by for me in this great game of ours, and I have loved my career. I am absolutely delighted to get this wonderful award."
To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.FLAwards.com.