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ALBION NOMINATED FOR FIVE EFL AWARDS

27 March 2017

The club and three players have been shortlisted for awards.


Brighton & Hove Albion have received two club nominations at the 2017 EFL Awards, with three players also in with a chance of taking home silverware for their individual achievements within the game.

Anthony Knockaert has been chosen in a three-man shortlist for the hotly contested Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season Award, alongside Leeds United striker Chris Wood and Newcastle United talisman Dwight Gayle.

The French winger has scored 13 goals for the Seagulls so far this season, also chipping in with eight assists, but the league’s top two marksmen stand in his way, with Wood scoring 24 goals and Gayle hitting the back of the net on 21 occasions.

Knockaert has been influential in Albion’s challenge for promotion, playing in 37 of the club’s 38 league matches so far, and is likely to play a key role in the final eight games of the season.

Steve Sidwell has also been shortlisted for an award, with his brilliant 50-yard lob against Bristol City being recognised amongst nine others from across the entire EFL, as the ten-man shortlist battle it out for the Mitre Goal of the Year.

Off the pitch, Liam Rosenior has been chosen alongside Doncaster Rovers’ Andy Butler and Portsmouth’s Christian Burgess for the PFA Player in the Community Award, with the experienced full-back being acknowledged for his brilliant work with youngsters across Sussex.

The popular defender volunteered to become an ambassador with Albion in the Community and has taken part in a wide range of sessions with the charity, including a question and answer session at the club’s training ground for local young people from one of the city’s most deprived areas, attending an anti-racism day with pupils from three local schools and taking part in a disability awareness session.

Rosenior is also a vocal champion of anti-racism and anti-homophobia campaigns and was recently inducted into the Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame.

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Albion come up against Blackburn Rovers in the Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year (Championship) category, and also battle it out with several teams across the country for the Checkatrade Community Club of the Year Award, with the Seagulls being chosen to represent the South East region.

Shaun Harvey, EFL chief executive, said: "It’s been an exciting and action-packed 12 months for the EFL both on and off the pitch. There have been some incredible individual and team performances across the three divisions, entertaining the millions of fans who follow the EFL week in, week out.
 
“Off the pitch our clubs continue to have a positive and lasting impact in their local communities, using the power of football to deliver life-changing programmes and activities.
 
“The EFL Awards are a fantastic way to recognise the achievements of clubs, players, backroom staff and fans and I would like to personally congratulate everyone who has been nominated and wish them all the best on the night itself.”
 
The annual awards take place in London on Sunday 9 April. For more details, visit: www.eflawards2017.co.uk

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