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Issue Date:- 23 December 2008
CALLING ALL FOOTBALL LEAGUE FANS – NOMINATE YOUR FAN OF THE YEAR
THE Football League has launched
a nationwide search to find the ‘EA SPORTS Fan of the Year’
run in conjunction with BBC Radio Five Live, with the winner
to be honoured at a spectacular gala dinner at the Grosvenor House
on Park Lane on Sunday, 29 March 2009.
The Football League Awards are held in conjunction with FourFourTwo
magazine and supporters are now being asked to put forward fellow
fans for consideration for this award by submitting nominations via
Anybody who knows a fan who has gone above and beyond the call of
duty, and shown extraordinary dedication to their club is encouraged
to put their nomination forward, along with the reason why they feel
their nominee should win this prestigious award. Voting closes on
Wednesday, 14 January 2009.
The fourth annual Football League Awards event will recognise
footballing excellence both on the field and behind the scenes -
with clubs and players awarded alongside the fans. There will be 20
categories in total, including a range of football awards and
industry specific honours.
The nominations for the Football League
Fan of The Year Award will be judged by an expert panel, including
representatives from The Football League, EA SPORTS and FourFourTwo.
The Football League’s Commercial Director, Stewart Thomson said:- “The Football League Awards has become an important fixture on
The Football League calendar.
this year’s ceremony will present us with an opportunity to
recognise the outstanding contributions made to The Football League
by fans, players, clubs and sponsors alike.
The Football League relies on the support of dedicated fans, and the
awards are a fantastic way for us to identify and reward such
loyalty, and hard work behind the scenes.
encourage fans to put forward any individuals they believe should be
in contention for the award, and give them a chance to receive the
recognition they deserve.”
The last games of 2008 -
Peter Brown Craven Minor JFL
Match Reports Week Ending
21 December 2008
The top two,
Fleetwood and Trinity, both won to remain level on points.
Fleetwood Hesketh 4-2 Ainsdale
The last game of 2008 was played in
favourable conditions at Ferryside Lane today and Ainsdale Juniors
were the visitors. Right from the first whistle this was an
entertaining encounter with both teams having some good early
possession. Both J.Griffiths and S. Gradwell at the back had to be
on their game to protect J.McCall in nets. It was however
Ainsdale who scored first with a well taken goal after a concerted
effort to move the ball quickly and accurately past the Fleetwood
fullbacks. As in previous weeks Fleetwood found themselves a goal
behind but it was not through a lack of effort or good football this
time but due to some great work by Juniors. It wasn’t long
though before Fleetwood got themselves on level terms when a
beautifully weighted ball from the left hand side found K.Graham in
the middle unmarked and he tucked the ball home with confidence.
Fleetwood then took then went on to control the game in midfield
through K.Bell , K.Wilson and relative new boy to the setup,
K.Graham. It was Graham who was to benefit again when S.Gradwell,
K.Wilson and K.Bell combined well again on the left to suck the
Ainsdale defence across leaving him in space in front of goal and he
showed his growing confidence tucking the ball away for his second.
The second half was equally entertaining as both teams battled to
gain the upper hand but when a great individual goal by K.Bell made
it 3 to 1 to Fleetwood, Ainsdale responded with determination and
played themselves back into the match with their second well taken
goal of the day to make it 3 to 2. From there on in though it was
going to be hard for Ainsdale to force the issue because, to a man,
the Fleetwood team stepped up a gear and denied the opposition any
meaningful possession by moving the ball slickly amongst themselves
and winning the first ball repeatedly. L.J.Pape was to finish the
scoring today with another tap in from close range following, again,
some great work down the left hand side of the pitch. Man of the
Match went to stand in captain S.Gradwell but he was not alone in
producing a great performance.
Birkdale went level on points with
Formby after this fine win. Formby JSC 2 to 7 Birkdale N.
Birkdale made a bright start to this game but it was Formby who
scored first after nine minutes, against the run of play, a teasing
corner from the left headed into the goal. Birkdale continued to
press forward and were awarded a free kick on the edge of the
penalty area after 16 minutes. James Frew stepped up to fire the
ball into the top left corner. Two minutes later, Birkdale went
ahead when Dominic Platts latched on to a through ball from Greg
Rawsthorne and slotted the ball past the advancing keeper.
Formby nearly got straight back into the game when they were awarded
a free kick on the edge of the area which hit the cross bar and was
cleared following a goal mouth scramble. Birkdale’s third goal
came five minutes before half time when Luke Williams put Greg
Rawsthorne through to score. Straight after the break Formby applied
some early pressure but were unable to make it pay. After five
minutes, a well worked goal from Birkdale following some good
passing between Jack Young, Liam Aindow and Greg Rawsthorne which
saw him get his second goal of the game. Two minutes later
Brodie Pike latched on to a through ball to blast the ball past the
Formby keeper into the bottom right hand corner. Birkdale
continued to press forward and were awarded another free kick on the
edge of the area. Once again James Frew stepped up to take it and
curled the ball into the top left hand corner. A brief lapse
in concentration by Birkdale allowed Formby to get a second goal
after 20 minutes. With a minute to go, the five goal lead was
restored when Greg Rawsthorne completed his hat trick with a well
taken goal. It was decided to award joint Man of the Match again
this week to Greg Rawsthorne for his hat trick and Liam Jackson for
a strong performance marauding forward from midfield. James Frew was
also a close contender for his two free kick goals and good all
round performance at right back.
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