EFL Awards, which began in 2006, is an annual event in which individuals from the English Football League’s three divisions are recognised for their contributions from the previous season.
Awards for Different Categories
Not only are the EFL Young Player of the Year, Apprentice Award, Goal of the Year, PFA Player in the Community, Community Club of the Year, Fan of the Year, Family Club of the Year, Sir Tom Finney Award, and Contribution to League Football awards given out at this ceremony, but also the EFL Young Player of the Year, Apprentice Award, Goal of the Year, PFA Player in the Community, Community Club of the Year, Fan of the Year, Family Club of the Year, Sir Tom Finney Award, and
The First Award Winners
Phil Jagielka, a veteran England defender, is the first recipient of the Championship Player of the Year trophy, having won it in 2006 while playing for Sheffield United. Swansea City forward Lee Trundle was voted League One Player of the Year at the same event, while Carlisle United’s Karl Hawley was named League Two Player of the Year.
Jason Koumas had a good season in the 2006/07 Championship, scoring nine goals and making eleven assists for his teammates. As a result, at the 2007 banquet, Koumas was elected Championship Player of the Year.
Billy Sharp of Scunthorpe United was named League One Player of the Year, while Izale MacLeod was named League Two Player of the Year. Gareth Bale, who played for Southampton at the time, was named The Football League Youth Player of the Year.
EFL Awards: 2008 till 2018 (DECADE)
Kevin Phillips (WBA) was named Championship Player of the Year, while Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United) and Keith Andrews (MK Dons) were named League One and League Two Player of the Year, respectively, at the 2008 EFL awards.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2009), Kevin Nolan (Newcastle United, 2010), Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers, 2011), Rickie Lambert (Southampton, 2012), Matej Vydra (Watford, 2013), Danny Ings (Burnley, 2014), Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough, 2015), Andre Gray (Burnley, 2016), Anthony Nockaer
Alternatively, Matt Fryatt (Leicester City, 2009), Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United, 2010), Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United, 2011), Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town, 2012), Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth, 2013), Adam Forshaw (Brentford, 2014), Joe Garner (Preston, 2015), Bradley Dack (Gillingham, 2016), Billy Sharp (Sheffield United, 2017), Bradley Dack (Black
Grant Holt, an experienced forward, was scoring goals for fun in the 2008/2009 season, winning him the League Two Player of the Year award at the 2009 ceremony. Craig Dawson of Rochdale received the award in 2010, while Ryan Lowe of Bury was named League Two Player of the Year in 2011.
Matt Richie (Swindon Town), Tom Pope (Port Vale), Gary Roberts (Chesterfield), Danny Mayor (Bury), Kemar Roofe (Oxford United), John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers), Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley), and James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) have all won the EFL award in the past.
Our Forecast for the Upcoming EFL Awards
Because Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion are the two most dominant teams in the 2019/20 Championship season, it should come as no surprise that Whites attacker Patrick Bamford and Baggies midfielder Matt Phillips are among the leading contenders for the 2020 Championship Player of the Year award.
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has been excellent in front of goal this season, should not be written off just yet, as the Cottagers are still in contention for automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Given Wycombe Wanderers’ strong defensive performance in the 2019/2020 season, it’s no surprise that defender Joe Jacobson is one of the favourites to win League One Player of the Year.
Scott Fraser, a midfielder for Burton Albion, is having a memorable season. The 24-year-old has already helped on a number of occasions with his teammates, but if the Brewers struggle to qualify for the play-offs, he is unlikely to earn the League One Player of the Year trophy.
Ivan Toney and Mohamed Eisa, Peterborough’s attacking pairing, have been in fine form this season, with the pair scoring 28 goals in total ahead of Matchday 27.
Swindon Town is the focus of the 2019/2020 League Two season. The Robins are on track to reclaim their League One status, with Ireland attacker Eoin Doyle tipped to win the League Two Player of the Year trophy.
The 31-year-old would almost definitely end the season as the league’s leading scorer, but whether that will be enough to help Swindon Town return to the English third tier remains to be seen.