FOOTBALL: Star writer Les Payne’s column on the sporting world

EXETER CITY V SHEFFIELD UNITED    5.5.12'pic : Martyn Harrison'Scott Bennett EXETER &  Harry Maguire- SHEFF UTD''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

EXETER CITY V SHEFFIELD UNITED 5.5.12'pic : Martyn Harrison'Scott Bennett EXETER & Harry Maguire- SHEFF UTD''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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WITH the football season all but over, perhaps it is time for a few awards. All personal choices, of course, many from my experiences across the season, and I’ve tried to keep them local.

MANAGER OF THE

YEAR award

Danny Wilson.

MANAGER OF THE

LAST 12 GAMES award

Dave Jones.

WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN AWARD

Gary Megson

WERE YOU RIGHT AWARD?

Shared. The Blades fans in the car-park shouting abuse at Danny Wilson’s appointment and Owls fans berating the decision to sack Gary Megson.

LAST LAUGH AWARD

Milan Mandaric.

EXPERIMENT THAT FAILED AWARD

Doncaster Rovers and the Willie McKay project.

BEST FOOTBALL SEEN AWARD

Barnsley in the first half v Derby County.

MOST ENTERTAINING FOOTBALL AWARD

Sheffield United

MOST IMPRESSIVE

PERFORMANCE AWARD

Sheffield Wednesday at Huddersfield (runners-up: Charlton at Chesterfield)

WORST GAME SEEN AWARD

Millers 0 Port Vale 1 in a wind tunnel at Don Valley

IT ISN’T MORE

IMPORTANT THAN LIFE OR DEATH AWARD

Gary Speed

MOST EMOTIONAL GOAL OF THE SEASON AWARD

Billy Sharp right after the death of his baby son.

BLINK AND YOU MISSED IT AWARD

Ricardo Vaz Te scoring after nine seconds v Palace, Oakwell’s fastest ever goal.

MANAGERIAL QUOTES AWARD

Keith Hill.

SWEEPING IT UNDER THE CARPET AWARD

Doncaster Rovers when faced with a decision over El Hadji Diouf’s alleged nightclub appearance

FOND FAREWELL/GOOD RIDDANCE BUT THANKS AWARD

Don Valley Stadium.

FOR GETTING WELL WRAPPED UP AND STICKING IT OUT AWARD

Millers fans at DVS.

WISH I’D EXPERIENCED IT AWARD

Last-day Hillsborough

atmosphere.

A GREAT DAY TO

REMEMBER AWARD

Chesterfield at Wembley.

WORST TIMING

POSSIBLE AWARD

The Friday afternoon announcement of guilty verdict on Ched Evans..

CLASS ACT AWARD

Kevin Phillips (for Blackpool v Owls, FA Cup replay).

MATURITY AWARD

Young Harry Maguire.

UNUSUALLY QUIET AWARD

Owls fans in build-up to the derby at Hillsborough.

LOOKING FORWARD TO IT AWARD

New York Stadium.

THANKS A LOT AWARD

Tony Stewart (from all Millers fans)

TIMELY SUSPENSION AWARD

Rob Jones. It allowed Miguel Llera to stay in the side - and look what he did then!

LEAPFROGGING AWARD

United and Wednesday for enthralling us all as they kept jumping over each other.

LUCKY ESCAPE AWARD

Those media guys who just happened to have moved a few yards away when Dean Saunders sent a ball smashing into a first-storey training ground window, sending glass showering down exactly where they’d been standing!

COME ON YOU CAN DO IT THIS TIME AWARD

Sheffield United.

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