TWO footballing legends, one a son of the city and the other an adopted son, were surprise recipients of two major awards at the annual Star and Green ‘Un Football Awards ceremony last night.
England goalkeeping great Gordon Banks, who was born in Sheffield, received our Derek Dooley Lifetime Achievement Award - and it was handed over by his fellow 1966 World Cup winning colleague Roger Hunt.
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A new accolade was introduced this year, our Hall of Fame award, and the first entrant is a man who became a household name in the city and is a legendary Blade - Tony Currie.
The Manager of the Year award went, naturally, to Danny Wilson whose Sheffield United side have played a wonderfully entertaining brand of football this season and are the country’s top goalscorers.
It was decided to share the Team of the Year award between United and Wednesday because both have contributed magnificently to one of the most enthralling seasons in the city’s long footballing history.
The Special Award this year went not to an individual but to Chesterfield for their triumph at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and the memorable day they gave everyone associated with their club.
Central defender Neil Collins was named Sheffield United Player of the Year.
The Sheffield Wednesday Player of the Year award went to midfielder Jose Semedo.
Barnsley’s Player of the Year was striker Craig Davies whilst busy midfielder Simon Gillett was the choice for the Doncaster Rovers award.
For the second year running defender Johnny Mullins was named Rotherham United’s Player of the Year.
The Chesterfield award went to goalkeeper Tommy Lee.
There was also a Readers Award voted for by the readers and out on top came Sheffield Wednesday defender Danny Batth.
The awards ceremony had opened with the presentation of the Young Player of the Year award and this went to Sheffield United’s 19-year-old central defender Harry Maguire.
* See The Star for a picture special from the awards night on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.