Winning titles is the ultimate aim for every footballer, but players also strive hard individually to be selected for the PFA Team of the Year. This week 11 young men are beaming with pride at being voted for by their fellow professionals, and rightly so.

When I was in my mid-30s at Bury, I was fortunate to be picked for the divisional Team of the Year on one occasion and I can't tell you how chuffed I was at the honour. I'd plied my trade at higher levels but it was still one of those moments I look back on with the most fondness. To know that your opponents have recognised your ability, and thought of you as a top player makes you feel enormously proud.

To the public at large, the PFA awards might not seem to be a big deal but they mean a lot to the players themselves. The voting process is taken pretty seriously. There is no messing around.

Torquay United were the most recognised side in npower League 2 this season and that will make Martin Ling and his staff extremely happy. It's a brilliant achievement for Bobby Olejnik, Kevin Nicholson, Eunan O'Kane and Lee Mansell, but also for the club.

The consistency shown by Torquay in recent months has been incredible but like Shrewsbury Town and Crawley Town they are not finding it easy to get themselves over that magic line that will secure them promotion.

With Southend United breathing down the necks of Crawley and Torquay, its squeaky bum time and the pressure is building. Even if you only need one win it's never simple at this stage of the campaign, because the players and the fans all realise what's at stake. It's like a cloud hovering above your head, so I wonder if the race for third spot will go right to the wire on the final day.

Swindon Town on the other hand are promoted - finally - and they fully deserve it. I've been highly impressed with the football they've played and Paolo Ddi Canio has proven to be an outstanding manager.

Knowing that promotion was pretty much guaranteed the players' performance levels have dropped in recent games but that's not unusual. Now, Di Canio will be urging his team to go out there and claim the championship this weekend. I know that if I were in Di Canio's shoes I'd be desperate to end the campaign with a title winner's medal. It's important.

While we're on the subject of promotion I really must praise Crewe Alexandra for their stunning end of season form. They're 14 matches unbeaten, which is an extremely well-timed run on their part.

The dynamic has changed for Crewe though. For the first time they are now in control of their own destiny, and will that have an adverse effect? I suspect not but it's funny how often that happens with teams. One thing I do know is that all the other Play-Off chasing clubs will want to avoid Crewe in the semi-finals. If they make the top seven, they could even be the bookie's favourites to go up.

Down at the bottom there will be huge relief at Northampton Town, Dagenham & Redbridge and Plymouth Argyle. At various stages of the season all three looked in big trouble, so with safety assured, life will be feeling a lot better now for the trio.

The Daggers looked dead and buried a few weeks back but John Still has saved them. He's such a passionate manager and I truly believe that his character has rubbed off on his players at just the right time. He kept on believing and in turn, so did his team, and hats off to them.

When you're in the midst of a relegation battle you hear the moans from the stands, you feel the weight on your shoulders, and you read all the reports in the newspapers writing you off, so to stand tall and prove everyone wrong takes some doing. In fact saving a team from relegation is extremely character-building.

Fair do's to Plymouth Argyle too, who took a huge risk in placing Carl Fletcher in charge earlier on this season. Thankfully he took his chance brilliantly, rallying the squad under tricky circumstances and now Argyle appear to have one of the npower Football League's most promising young coaches at the helm.

We're just 180 minutes away from the end of another season now but there is time for many more twists and turns. If your team is involved in a promotion or relegation battle, I wish you all the best of luck.