SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Six of the best for Owls midfield star Jose Semedo

Prize guy: Jose Semedo is applauded as he gets up to receive one of his trophies.          Picture: StEVE ELLIS
Prize guy: Jose Semedo is applauded as he gets up to receive one of his trophies. Picture: StEVE ELLIS
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JOSE Semedo’s double in Sheffield Wednesday’s own Player of the Year awards has taken his personal trophy tally to six.

The midfield star topped the fans’ poll on the Owls’ website and was voted the Players’ Player of the Year.

He had already won accolades from The Star and Green ’Un, Wise Old Owls, the Owls Foundation and London Owls.

Semedo said: “I’m so happy. I’m really thankful for everything my teammates have done for me. Since the first day I came, everybody tried to make me feel comfortable and happy. I’m so proud to be with them and proud to play for this club.

He also paid tribute to Gary Megson: “I want to thank the ex-manager too. He was the man who brought me here. If it was wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be feeling everything I’m feeling now.” Semedo also thanked Dave Jones for believing in him.

Danny Batth was runner-up in the fans’ poll, Reda Johnson third and Gary Madine fourth.

Chairman Milan Mandaric received a standing ovation at the Hillsborough awards dinner in accepting a surprise Outstanding Contribution award, which recognised his rescue of the club. “I’m touched,” he said. “I’m privileged to be chairman of this great club.”

Chris O’Grady’s winning of the Goal of the Season award - decided in a poll on the night - was probably influenced by the setting for his match-winning header from a Lewis Buxton cross: it was the winner in the Hillsborough derby and finished ahead of spectacular strikes by Jermaine Johnson, David Prutton and Gary Madine.

O’Grady said: “I’m very grateful to be here and part of this special season. I’m proud to have contributed to anything we have achieved.”

The choice of Rob Jones as Player in the Community highlighted the work players do to engage with charities and other organisations.

Wednesday’s John Pearson said: “The person who has won this award thoroughly deserves it: he’s a special player, a special person.”

Jones said: “We footballers lead a very privileged life. We don’t work a lot of hours. If you can give something back to the community, all well and good. Not just me, all the players. When we’ve been asked to do a presentation or a talk, it’s been done very readily.”