Vintage Sheri wins player prize
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Teddy Sheringham, Curtis Davies and Lee Trundle have won Player of the Year awards.Veteran West Ham forward Teddy Sheringham has been named the Powerade Player of the Year for The Championship.
The former Manchester United man has turned back the clock with a series of influential displays in leading the London side to the play-offs, whilst Luton's Curtis Davies and Swansea's Lee Trundle have been recognised for their respective contributions in League One and Two.
The 39-year-old Sheringham has claimed a remarkable 20 strikes in the second tier of English football this year, and beat Preston's David Nugent and Reading's Steven Sidwell to the prestigious award.
Davies meanwhile is just beginning his footballing career, but has formed the lynchpin of the Luton defence that conceded the least goals in League One en route to The Hatters claiming the title.
The 20-year-old, profiled in Sky Sportzine's Young Guns feature back in March, beat off strong competition from two of the division's hot-shots in the form of Wrexham's Juan Ugarte and Hull's Stuart Elliot.
The League Two award went to Swansea showboater Lee Trundle, who added to his extensive repertoire of crowd-pleasing tricks with a valuable 22 goals as The Swans earned automatic promotion.
The 29-year-old saw off challenges from Leyton Orient's Lee Steele and Yeovil striker Phil Jevons to earn the individual recognition.
Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara chaired the Powerade awards panel who selected the nominees, and praised the winners for their contributions to the Football League this season.
"Teddy has picked up all the club awards at West Ham this season apart from the Young Player of the Year and that says everything about the form he's been in," said Kamara.
"He still has so much class and quality and to have scored 20 goals in 33 league games is incredible considering he's 39-years-old.
"Curtis seems to be improving every year at Luton, he has great pace, awareness and anticipation and if he continues to work hard there is no doubt he will have a great future in the game.
"Lee's a great entertainer and fans love the tricks he produces in games, but we shouldn't forget that he's a very talented all-round player who has shown over the course of this season what a great finisher he is."