A look at who claimed the prizes at the annual awards...
BRIGHTON & Hove Albion’s Anthony Knockaert has been rewarded for his sparkling form by being named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season.
The 25-year-old winger had scored 15 goals and weighed in with eight assists to put the Seagulls on the brink of the Premier League.
The Frenchman picked up his prize at the 2017 EFL Awards last Sunday after beating off the divisions two leading scorers – Leeds’ Chris Wood (24 goals) and Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle (22).
“I am very happy that I have won the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season,” said Knockaert. “I thank my team-mates for this and everyone connected with Brighton.
“The award means a lot to me and I am happy that I have achieved an award like this in my career. I will keep on working hard for the rest of the season and keep on doing what I have been doing.”
Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp continued his club’s celebrations by picking up the Sky Bet League One Player of the Season, just 24 hours after the Blades secured promotion to the Championship.
The 31-year-old said: “I am a very happy man. We did the hardest part yesterday winning promotion and that was our aim at the start of the season.
“To win the Player of the Season award is very nice. You cannot win these types of awards without your teammates. The manager (Chris Wilder) and the team have shown a lot of belief in me this season.”
It was also a fantastic evening for recently-promoted Doncaster Rovers. Striker John Marquis was awarded the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season, Andy Butler received the PFA Player in the Community award, Darren Ferguson was recognised as manager in the EFL’s Team of the Season and Paul Mayfield was named EFL Supporter of the Year.
Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry was honoured with the Contribution to League Football award, recog- nising his lifetime service to the professional game with the night’s most prestigious honour.
“I went into management very early, I was 28 when I got my first manager’s job,” he said. “I lasted 32 years and I, like you, am absolutely amazed that I lasted that long. “I had a great time as a manager. I’ve been to Wembley four times and won every time, I’ve won play-off I’ve won leagues, I’ve won cups but to get this honour is the greatest achievement I’ve ever been awarded and thank you very much the English Football League.” Brentford’s Kevin O’Connor was the recipient of the Sir Tom Finney Award, an accolade that is presented to a player who has had an exceptional career in the EFL and epitomises the man after which the award is named. A one-club man, O’Connor, who is now Brentford B head coach, is in his third decade at Griffin Park after progressing through the Bees’ youth system. He signed pro terms in 1999 and went on to make 501 first team appearances in 16 years, placing him fourth on the club’s all-time appearance list. The 35-year-old said: “The club have been good to me and I’ve been loyal to the club at the same time we’ve both helped each other out. “All I’ve done is get paid to play football, work hard and tried to act how you should do – it seems to have worked out ok!” More than 650 guests were in attendance at the London Hilton on Park Lane as the prizes were dished out.
PRIZE GUYS: Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert and Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp show off their trophies