Oxford United short-listed for two Football League awards
Yesterday saw the prestigious Football League Awards 2014.
United were shortlisted in the Family Club of the Year for the fourth season in a row. The club takes enormous pride in this area and this season has introduced a new Family Area on matchdays with player visits, speed guns to measure youngsters’ shooting power and a giant team picture for fans to have photographs in front of and be part of the team.
The Digital Content category is a new category for the most creative marketing use of digital content. United produced the ‘This is Oxford United’ video (below) as part of a campaign which also saw special matchday programmes and newspapers produced as part of a special evening for business partners. The U’s were the only League 2 club nominated in this category.
The Awards, which celebrate on and off pitch achievements across The League’s 72 clubs, reward players, clubs and fans in eight categories, which include honours for the Family Club of the Year, Community Club of the Year, Fan of the Year and the Unsung Hero award.
United were one of just five clubs to have been nominated twice. Communications Officer Chris Williams said "Oxford United are very proud to have received two nominations for awards this year, the only League 2 club to have done so, and I would like to congratulate Middlesbrough and Derby County, who were worthy winners of the Family Club of the Year and Digital Content awards."
Award winners in full:
Family Club of the Year Award
Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year Award
Unsung Hero Award
Frank Banks (Southend United, Community and Education Trust Volunteer)
PFA Player in the Community Award
Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday)
LFE Apprentice of the Year – Championship
Mason Bennett (Derby County)
LFE Apprentice of the Year – League 1
Brendon Galloway (Milton Keynes Dons)
LFE Apprentice of the Year – League 2
Bradley Walker (Hartlepool United)
Perform Best Digital Content & Audience Growth Award:
There were also awards for the Mitre Goal of the Year (Franck Moussa, Coventry), Managerial Achievement Award (Gary Johnson, Yeovil), Capital One Supporter of the Year (Phil Beeton, Leeds), Sky Bet Player of the Year for the Championship (Danny Ings, Burnley), League 1 (Adam Forshaw, Brentford) and League 2 (Gary Roberts, Chesterfield), and the Tom Finney Contribution to League Football (Steve Fletcher, Bournemouth).