Preston North End's Joe Garner has been awarded the Mitre Goal of the Year at The Football League Awards 2015.Garner 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.
The Football League Awards 2015 mark the 10th year of the awards, which celebrate on and off pitch excellence across The League’s 72 clubs. This year all 72 clubs were nominated for at least one award.
The front man beat off competition from Yann Kermorgant, Rohan Ince, Craig Westcarr and Andy Mangan to claim the overall Mitre Goal of the Year Award.
Preston Chief Executive John Kay, who collected the award on behalf of Joe Garner, said: "He won't hit one as sweet as that, but he has scored a lot of goals and this was just the best one. He is a modest man off the field and he has had to fight to get to where he is. So this is a culmination of a lot of hard work. Last calendar year he scored 34 goals and this season he has scored 21 goals having had 10 weeks off with a pretty serious shin injury."
Each of the 72 Football League clubs nominated their best goal from the 2014 calendar year. In conjunction with the presenters and viewers of Sky Sports’ Soccer AM, these goals were narrowed down to a shortlist of five, with the overall winner being decide by a vote on the night at the Football League Awards.
Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: "The 10th Football League Awards has given us the opportunity to reward outstanding performance, both on and off the pitch, during what has been a memorable Football League season.
"Each of our winners thoroughly deserves this recognition and, once again, we've seen exceptional levels of talent, dedication and achievement across all our nominees."
The Football League Awards 2015 were streamed live on The Football League's official YouTube channel and website, while highlights will be shown on Sky Sports 1 on Monday evening at 6:15pm and 9:15pm.
To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.FLAwards.com or search for #FLAwards on Twitter, and other social media.