Bale tops Wales charts

Spurs flyer claims top Wales gong for second year running

Last Updated: 04/10/11 11:05pm

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Tottenham ace Gareth Bale has been named Wales Footballer of the Year for the second year running.

The 22-year-old winger endured an injury-hit beginning to the calendar year, following a stunning start to the 2010/11 campaign, but was rewarded for his form by winning the PFA player of the year award.

Bale, who has 30 caps to his name but has only featured for his country three times in the calendar year to date, was a standout performer in last month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Montenegro and England, playing a key part in the 2-1 victory over the former with his blistering pace and power.

Bale, who made his international debut against Trinidad and Tobago in 2006, was presented with his award at a ceremony at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff on Tuesday.

Young Player

The Young Player of the Year Award, won by current Wales captain Aaron Ramsey in 2009 and 2010, went to 21-year-old Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen.

The youngster was an integral part of the Swans' promotion campaign, culminating in their play-off success over Reading at Wembley, and has impressed in the Premier League, with his composure on the ball seeing him win the man-of-the-match award in the 2-0 weekend win over Stoke.

His Liberty Stadium team-mate Ashley Williams was also rewarded for his part in Swansea's promotion as he secured the Club Footballer of the Year gong for the third year running.

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