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Leeds United's Phil Beeton named Capital One Supporter of the Year

17 March 2014

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Phil Beeton has been named the Capital One Supporter of the Year at The Football League Awards 2014.

Beeton 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 a total of 36 clubs were shortlisted for 17 awards and Beeton beat competition from League 1 winner Brett Price (Sheffield United) and League 2 winner John Chapman (Dagenham & Redbridge) to claim the overall Capital One Supporter of the Year Award.

Now aged 61, Beeton has supported Leeds United since he adopted them as his boyhood club back in the 1950s. He has become one of the most devoted football fans in the country and is approaching his 2000th consecutive Leeds United league game. This incredible run stretches back to the 1960s and includes home and away fixtures.

Back in 1979 Beeton formed a Leeds United Supporters Club branch, and has organised travel for Leeds fans to every corner of the UK, as well as trips to Europe for competitive and friendly matches. He is also an avid collector of matchday programmes and for the last 25 years has been organising a bulk supply of programmes to distribute on the buses.

On winning the award, Beeton said: "I went to my first Leeds United game back in the 1950s, and I haven't missed a league game since March 1967.

"I'm currently on 1998 consecutive league matches and I'll celebrate number 2000 a week on Tuesday away at Bournemouth. I love supporting Leeds as much as I did on day one."

The Football League is all about fans supporting their team and nominations for this award were invited from supporters of all Football League clubs. The judges were looking for someone they felt has gone above and beyond the call of duty and added that extra special bit of devotion to their club.

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: "The Football League Awards 2014 has given us the opportunity to reward outstanding achievement, both on and off the pitch, by Football League clubs.

"Every one of tonight's winners is a worthy recipient of their award and all the other nominees have helped set an exceptional standard this year.

"It has been a tremendous celebration of life in The Football League."

The Awards were streamed live on The Football League's official YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as official club websites and YouTube channels for the first time ever.

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

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