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Football League Awards: MK Dons star Alli and Norwich City's Hoolahan honoured

Dele Alli's form for MK Dons earned him a move to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. Credit: PA

MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli has been named as The Football League Young Player of the Year.

The 19-year-old saw off competition from Norwich City's Nathan Redmond and Middlesbrough loanee Patrick Bamford to land the accolade at the Football League Awards in London last night.

It wasn't such a good night for Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy who missed out on The Championship Player of the Year prize - despite scoring 24 goals this season. That accolade went to Patrick Bamford instead.

Wes Hoolahan was voted as one of the best players to have played in the Football League in the last 10 years. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, there was a prestigious award for Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan who was named in the Football League 'Team of the Decade'.

Hoolahan was voted as one of the best players to have played in the Football League in the last ten years, and was picked alongside stars such as Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was chosen to manage the side.

Football League 'Team of the Decade'

  • GK - Kasper Schmeichel
  • RB - Angel Rangel
  • CB - Wes Morgan
  • CB - Ashley Williams
  • LB - Gareth Bale
  • MF - Peter Whittingham
  • MF - Wes Hoolahan
  • MF - Adam Lallana
  • CF - Glenn Murray
  • CF - Rickie Lambert
  • CF - Jordan Rhodes

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Ipswich Town star Murphy shortlisted for Championship Player of the Year award

Daryl Murphy has been in the form of his career. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy has been shortlisted for The Championship Player of the Year award.

The Irishman has enjoyed the best season of his career, and leads the goalscoring charts with 24 goals.

Nathan Redmond is in the running for the Young Player of the Year award. Credit: PA

Murphy is up against Watford's Troy Deeney and Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford for the accolade. The winner will be announced on Sunday.

Former MK Dons loanee Bamford is also in the running for the Football League Young Player of the Year prize.

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He'll have to see off competition from Norwich City star Nathan Redmond and current Dons wonderkid Dele Alli.

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Northampton Saints add South African centre Howard to their squad for next season

Patrick Howard will be joining Northampton Saints in the summer. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints have announced the signing of South African centre Patrick Howard for next season.

The 23-year-old will join from Western Province in the summer.

Howard spent time at Munster earlier this campaign, and has represented South Africa at youth level.

“I really enjoyed my time in Europe earlier this year and was delighted when Saints showed interest in me.

It is a great opportunity for me to be joining a fantastic club and continue to develop as a player.

I cannot wait to pull on the Saints jersey!

I have had a great time coming through the ranks at Western Province, but feel that now is the right time to experience something new overseas.”

– Patrick Howard, Northampton Saints

Norwich City star Redmond and MK Dons favourite Alli up for Football League award

Nathan Redmond has enjoyed a great season at Carrow Road. Credit: PA

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond and MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli have both been shortlisted for the Football League Young Player of the Year award.

Alli's fine form earned him a move to Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in January, before he was immediately loaned back out to the Dons for the rest of the season.

Dele Alli's form earned him a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Redmond has been a key figure in Norwich City's push for promotion back to the Premier League.

The England under 21s star has terrorised Championship defences with his pace and trickery, and has contributed numerous assists.

The pair are up against Middlesbrough striker, and one time MK Dons loanee, Patrick Bamford for the prize.

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The winner will be announced on Sunday.

Gareth Bale, Fabian Delph and Wilfried Zaha are among the previous winners of the award.

Norwich City midfielder Howson hoping to get one over former club Leeds United

Jonny Howson is hoping to fire Norwich City back into the Premier League. Credit: PA

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson says that there will be no split loyalties when he returns to his boyhood club Leeds United tonight.

The 26-year-old grew up supporting the Yorkshire side, and eventually went on to captain them.

However, he was sold to the Canaries in 2012, and has since developed into a key player at Carrow Road.

With Norwich fighting for promotion to the Premier League, Howson says that he will be going all out for the win.

Howson used to captain Leeds United. Credit: PA

"Under the circumstances, with what we've got to play for, it's about going there and getting three points.

It will be nice to go back but it's not a case of me going to enjoy it. I've got to go there and be professional for the team.

For me personally, nothing changes so we'll still be going out to do the right things. We’ve got to get our minds on it because it’s going to be a tough game. If we're going to come away with three points then we've got to be right at it."

– Jonny Howson, Norwich City

Football pundit swaps the television studio for tracksuits and touchlines

In recent years it's been all the rage for foreign owners to take over English football clubs and now that includes our region?

Yes although you might not have heard of the new arrival, or for that matter even the club!

First the name. Guileme Balague. Lovers of Spanish football may have heard of him because he's one of their experts.

But its his love of the game further down the English football pyramid which has seen him become the Director of Football at Biggleswade United. Who? you might ask! Well Donovan Blake has been to find out.

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