The shortlists for the 2017 EFL Awards have been revealed as clubs, players and fans come together to recognise the stars of 2016/17 across all three divisions in 14 different categories.The best of the EFL will be honoured, with awards for players, managers and supporters, as well as worthy recognition of some of the great work being undertaken by clubs and the Trusts in communities up and down the country.
In one of the flagship categories, Leeds United’s talisman Chris Wood is one of three players shortlisted for the hotly-contested Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season. The striker has been a formidable force this season and currently tops the goal scoring chart with 24 league goals.
50% - Chris Wood has been involved in a higher % of his team’s league goals in 16/17 than any other Championship player. Star. #EFLAwards— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 27, 2017
Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle is only three goals behind Wood on 21 as the talented striker looks to help the Magpies secure promotion straight back to the Premier League.
21 – Dwight Gayle has scored 21 league goals in 2016/17; his best return in a single season in the Football League. Recognition. #EFLAwards— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 27, 2017
Brighton & Hove Albion’s Anthony Knockaert has been influential in the Seagulls’ promotion chase with his skill and trickery to also be nominated. The Frenchman is the division’s highest-scoring midfielder with 13 league goals.
13 - Anthony Knockaert has scored more league goals this season than any other Championship midfielder. Nominated. #EFLAwards— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 27, 2017
After spending the majority of the season at the top of Sky Bet League One it is not a surprise that Sheffield United have two players in contention for Sky Bet League One Player of the Season. Prolific forward Billy Sharp has been unstoppable with an impressive 26 league goals whilst team-mate John Fleck has been solid in midfield for the Blades, laying on goals aplenty. Scunthorpe United’s Josh Morris makes up the three shortlisted League One players with the 25-year-old scoring a notable 19 goals from midfield.
The Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season shortlist includes two players from table-topping Doncaster Rovers, in club stalwart James Coppinger and striker John Marquis, with the latter finding the net 23 times already this season. Luton Town’s Danny Hylton makes up the shortlist - the 28-year-old forward has been an instrumental figure in the Hatters’ push for the Play-Offs.
It is a competitive line-up for the Young Player of the Year with Reading’s John Swift, Oxford United’s Ryan Ledson and Exeter City’s Ollie Watkins in the running to join an illustrious list of previous winners including Gareth Bale, Nathaniel Clyne and Dele Alli.
Off the pitch, Blackburn Rovers, Brighton & Hove Albion, Millwall, MK Dons, Carlisle United and Stevenage have been shortlisted for the Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year award, whilst the overall winner of Checkatrade Community Club of the Year and Supporter of the Year will also be crowned.
Judged by panels of leading experts from the football and media industry, the most prestigious accolade of the night is the Contribution to League Football Award which recognises long-standing and exceptional service to The League. The late Jimmy Hill, Peter Shilton and Jimmy Armfield have all previously been recognised for their contribution.
Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive, said: "It’s been an exciting and action-packed 12 months for the EFL both on and off the pitch. There have been some incredible individual and team performances across the three divisions, entertaining the millions of fans who follow the EFL week in, week out.
“Off the pitch our clubs continue to have a positive and lasting impact in their local communities, using the power of football to deliver life-changing programmes and activities.
“The EFL Awards are a fantastic way to recognise the achievements of clubs, players, back room staff and fans and I would like to personally congratulate everyone who has been nominated and wish them all the best on the night itself.”
The annual awards take place in London on Sunday 9th April.
EFL Awards 2017: The shortlists
Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season:
Chris Wood – Leeds United
Dwight Gayle – Newcastle United
Anthony Knockaert – Brighton & Hove Albion
Sky Bet League One Player of the Season:
Billy Sharp – Sheffield United
Josh Morris – Scunthorpe United
John Fleck – Sheffield United
Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season:
John Marquis – Doncaster Rovers
James Coppinger – Doncaster Rovers
Danny Hylton – Luton Town
EFL Young Player of the Season*:
John Swift – Reading
Ryan Ledson – Oxford United
Ollie Watkins – Exeter City
(*loan players are ineligible)
Football Manager Team of the Season:
To be revealed on the night.
Sir Tom Finney and Contribution to League Football Awards:
To be announced on the night
PFA Player in the Community:
Liam Rosenior – Brighton & Hove Albion
Andy Butler – Doncaster Rovers
Christian Burgess – Portsmouth
EFL Supporter of the Year:
Pav Samra – Derby County
Zoe Edge – Chesterfield
Paul Mayfield – Doncaster Rovers
Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year – Championship:
Brighton & Hove Albion
Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year – League One:
Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year – League Two:
Checkatrade Community Club of the Year:
North West – Wigan Athletic
North East & Yorkshire – Rotherham United
Midlands – Burton Albion
London – Fulham
South East – Brighton & Hove Albion
South West & Wales – Portsmouth
LFE Apprentice of the Year – Championship:
Ben Brereton – Nottingham Forest
Lloyd Kelly – Bristol City
George Hirst – Sheffield Wednesday
LFE Apprentice of the Year – League One:
Lewis Butroid – Scunthorpe United
Matthew Gillam – Rochdale
Callum Cockerill-Mollett – Walsall
LFE Apprentice of the Year – League Two:
Myles Judd – Leyton Orient
Alex Fletcher – Plymouth Argyle
Leon Davies – Cambridge United
Mitre Goal of the Year:
Vote for your favourite from the 10-goal shortlist now, via efl.com/goty17. Voting closes 28th March. The top five most-voted for goals will be revealed on the night of the Awards with the audience voting for the overall winner.