Christie top of the tree
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Our readers decided that the jet-heeled England Under-21 striker was worthy of the acclaim, despite his side's slide into the Nationwide League.
Some impressive performances, particularly in the live Sky showdown with Manchester United, helped promote Christie in the minds of the planetfootball public.
1407 voters backed Christie ahead of his five team-mates, with fellow Under-21 international Chris Riggott back in third place, with 827 backers.
Central defender Riggott, believed to be a top target for Liverpool, has pledged his future to The Rams, despite their demotion.
Fabrizio Ravanelli, whose future is already the subject of much debate, was perhaps somewhat surprisingly second-highest in the voting, 69 votes ahead of Riggott.
Danny Higginbotham, the club's Player of the Year, was a comfortable fourth with Luciano Zavagno and Paul Boertien polling only 112 votes between them.
1.Christie, 2.Ravanelli, 3.Riggott, 4.Higginbotham, 5.Zavagno, 6.Boertien.