Vydra and Ince claims top awards at Football League awards
Matej Vydra was named the Championship Player of the Year at the Football League awards, while Tom Ince, son of former Manchester United star Paul Ince, claimed the Young Player of the year award.
Vydra, who is on loan from Italian side Udinese to championship side Watford, shrugged off the competition from Tom Ince and Crystal Palace forward Glenn Murray at a ceremony in London.
Under the tutelage of legendary Gianfranco Zola, Vydra has scored 20 goals this season to lead the Watford’s charge for promotion.
Murray may feel unlucky as he missed out on the award despite banging 29 goals for Crystal Palace this season which puts him second only to Lionel Messi in Europe’s top leagues.
However, Ince had a reason to smile after missing out on top honour he was awarded with the Young Player of the Year.
The 21-year-old has scored 18 goals for Blackpool’s despite the club’s misery this season and is incidentally managed by Tom’s dad and former Manchester United star Paul Ince.
Ince said: “It’s been a whirlwind 18 months for me. It’s been fantastic. I left Liverpool to get games in the Championship and I’m enjoying it at Blackpool.
“It’s a proud moment for me and my family.”
Meanwhile, in another category, Nottingham Forest forward Simon Cox’s goal against Birmingham City was voted the Goal of the Year.
Championship leaders Cardiff City were awarded with the honour of the prize for the Family Club of the Year while Charlton Athletic was the winner of the Community Club of the Year award.
Manager of the year award went to Bradford boss Phil Parkinson as he embarked on a remarkable run to the final of the Capital One Cup where they lost to Swansea.
Parkinson said: “I’m very honoured to receive this award. My name might be on it but it is a team award. Not just the team on the pitch but the team off it as well.”
And finally, legendary former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, who played more than 1,000 Football League matches represented England 125 times while appearing in three World Cup finals, accepted the Contribution to League Football award.