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Exeter City's Neil Le Milliere is npower Fan of the Year

24 March 2013

Exeter City supporter Neil Le Milliere has been named the npower Fan of the Year at The Football League Awards 2013.

Neil 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 34 clubs shortlisted for honours.

Neil beat competition from Coventry City supporter Pat Raybould, the League 1 winner, and Derby County's Nick Webster, Championship winner, to claim the overall Award.

A dedicated Grecians supporter, Neil is a co-opted member of the Exeter City Supporters Trust that now owns the club, a member of Supporters Direct and founder of the London Exiles (Grecian fans who live and work in London).

Showing his support at every level, Neil researches the routes and accommodation for fans to get to all Exeter City's away games, and also mans and runs a bottle bar at the ground with all the profits going back to the club. Despite the distance he lives from his beloved St James' Park, he works to improve the experience of other fans and dedicates his time and energy to make sure the club itself is in good shape.

On winning the award, Neil said: "I have been involved in all sorts of things since starting off as an occasional visitor to the club and ended up on the board of the supporters' trust.

"You do what you can to make it a joy for other people, I live halfway between Arsenal and Tottenham but my home is where my heart is."

Sue Heritage of npower, who sat on the judging panel, said: "Neil epitomises all of the qualities that make a great fan. Be it representing supporters' interests, co-ordinating travel arrangements or fundraising for the club, his dedication to Exeter City is outstanding. On behalf of everyone at npower, I would like to congratulate Neil on his well deserved award."

When assessing the category, judges looked for someone they felt had gone above and beyond the call of duty and added that extra special bit of devotion to their club.

Greg Clarke, Chairman of The Football League, said: "The Football League Awards 2013 has given us another opportunity to celebrate success at League clubs both on and off the pitch. It gives us the chance to reward those who have achieved fantastic results throughout the year. I would like to congratulate tonight's winners and all those who were nominated."

Other notable winners on the night included Watford's Matej Vydra, who walked away with the npower Championship Player of the Year Award. The npower League 1 and npower League 2 Player of the Year Awards went to AFC Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie and Port Vale's Tom Pope respectively.

Peter Shilton received the prestigious Contribution to League Football Award. Previous winners include Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner, Crewe Alexandra Director of Football Dario Gradi MBE and PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor OBE.

To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit

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