The 2013 Groundsman of the Year Award winners in The Football League have been announced following a ceremony at St George's Park.

In the npower Championship, Leicester City's Ed Mowe was named the best groundsman, while Richard Norton of Bolton Wanderers and Phil Williams from Cardiff City were highly commended.

npower League 1's top prize went to Marcus Cassidy of Swindon Town. Carlisle United's David Mitchell, who won the award last year, was highly commended, as was Joe Aylett of Milton Keynes Dons.

In npower League 2, meanwhile, David Radmore was recognised for his work on the surfaces at Plymouth Argyle by being crowned the division's best groundsman. Last year's winner, Cheltenham Town's Terry Roberts, was highly commended, along with Rotherham United's Dave Fellowes.

All winners were presented with their awards at The Playing Surfaces Groundsmen's Conference and Awards, which was sponsored by Rigby Taylor Ltd, by former Liverpool and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence.

npower Championship
Winner: Ed Mowe (Leicester City)
Highly Commended: Richard Norton (Bolton Wanderers)
Highly Commended: Phil Williams (Cardiff City)

npower League 1
Winner: Marcus Cassidy (Swindon Town)
Highly Commended: David Mitchell (Carlisle United)
Highly Commended: Joe Aylett (Milton Keynes Dons)

npower League 2
Winner: David Radmore (Plymouth Argyle)
Highly Commended: Terry Roberts (Cheltenham Town)
Highly Commended: Dave Fellowes (Rotherham United)

groundsman of the year

Following the ceremony, sponsors Rigby Taylor Ltd, who are the UK's leading suppliers of products for the improvement, maintenance and construction of sports, amenity and landscape areas, held a raffle, with a line-marking machine the prize being handed out.

Awarded by the Playing Surfaces Committee, the Groundsman of the Year awards is designed to recognise the importance of the quality of pitches and to acknowledge Head Groundsmen and their staff.

The awards are determined initially using marks from Referees and away Managers for each game, and are then followed by detailed pitch inspections and a review of management operations. These visits were carried out in late March and early April by Dr Stephen Baker, Head of Soils and Sports Surface Science at the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI).