May is Awards season in football, and with clubs having largely held their end-of-season dinners to honour the best of 2008/09, here’s a quick rundown on who in the top 50 carried away a trophy.
Starting at Manchester United, where Federico Macheda carried away the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year Award. His prolific year at youth and reserve level was put into the shade by his amazing first team exploits, scoring a stunning stoppage-time goal on his debut to beat Aston Villa 3-2 before notching again a week later away to Sunderland. He went on to start the FA Cup Semi Final against Everton at Wembley and is a thoroughly deserving winner of their prestigious award. In winning, Macheda beat fellow nominees Daniel Welbeck and Matthew James, who both had strong cases themselves.
Aston Villa’s Nathan Delfouneso made off with both the Player’s and Supporter’s Player of the Year Awards after a year in which he broke through to the first team squad, contributing mainly in Cup competitions, with goals in the UEFA Cup against Zilina and Hamburg. At Tottenham, Jonathan Obika beat off some strong competition to win the Spurs Trust Breakthrough Player Award, having made his first team debut in the UEFA Cup, scored in plentiful numbers at Academy level, and performed superbly to keep Yeovil in League One.
Finally, Everton’s Jack Rodwell, pictured, won the club’s Shareholders Young Player of the Season Award for a breakthrough into the first team squad, and making some impressive performances in midfield.
If any further awards come to light, or any have been missed, feel free to leave a comment with details.