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AKINS IS A DOUBLE WINNER AT PLAYERS' AWARDS NIGHT

1 May 2019

LUCAS Akins was a double award winner after being named by both the supporters and players as their Player of the Season.

Akins made it a double-double after also winning both awards a year ago.

He said: “I don’t expect anything – not even to play in the next game. To win this is very humbling.

“I really do enjoy coming in and working with the management staff and this group of players.

"It has been the best time of my career at this football club and I think the next chapter will be interesting and we can achieve a lot with this group of players.”

Brad Collns was runner-up in the Player of the Season poll as voted for by Burton Albion supporters.

Aaron Webster was the second player inducted into the Burton Albion Hall of Fame - another award voted for by Brewers supporters.

Full list of awards winners

1) Scholar of the Season 2018/19

Sponsored by Prestec UK

Winner: Ethan Vale

A midfielder who has done well both on the pitch and in his education. Promising young player hoping to follow in the footsteps of Ben Fox, Joe Sbarra and Reece Hutchinson and make an impression on the first team. 

2) Most Improved Young Player 2018/19

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Winner: Reece Hutchinson

An Academy graduate in his first season as a pro. With the squad hit by injuries he got an early chance to play in the first team at left back and impressed greatly. Has made more than 20 appearances this season including both games v Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semis. Rewarded with a new extended contract. Award winner chosen by Nigel Clough.

3) Service and Support to Burton Albion 2018/19

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Winner: Keith Bloor

Has been supporting the Brewers for well over 40 years and has been doing the scoreboard and playing the matchday music since the Pirelli Stadium opened (2005) as well as making programme contributions. In the Eton Park era Keith sold scratch cards and other money raising items for the club.

4) Player in the Community 2018/19

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Winner: Ben Fox

Ben is an Academy graduate who plays in midfield for the Brewers and has made more than 20 appearances this season. Has embraced community duties and is a popular player with fans and on player appearances. As a local lad, who grow up in Burton, he wholeheartedly supports the community.

5) Team Performance of the Year 2018/19

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Winner: Carabao Cup run 2018/19

Decided by Nigel Clough. Rather than one performance the manager has chosen to highlight the incredible feat of getting to the semi-finals. Beating Shrewsbury, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Burnley (only the second time the club has beaten Premier League opposition) and Middlesbrough in the quarter-finals away to set up the two-legged semi-final v Manchester City,

 6) BAFC Hall of Fame 2019

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Winner: Aaron Webster

Aaron is the second inductee into the Brewers Hall Of Fame after Darren Stride last year. He’s made more than 500 appearances for the Brewers over a 15-year career from 1998 to 2013. He was in the team that won both the Northern Premier League and the Conference and was part of our first Football League team. Played mostly at left back, chipped in with lots of goals, especially headers from set pieces. Now works for Burton Albion Community Trust.

 

7) Top Goal Scorer 2018/19

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Leading: Liam Boyce and Lucas Akins

Liam Boyce and Lucas Akins are both on 14 goals so this award goes to the last game of the season.

 

8) Goal of the Season 2018/19

Sponsored by Molson Coors

Winner:  Jamie Allen V Wimbledon

 

9) Players' Player of the Season 2018/19

Sponsored by RAES

Winner: Lucas Akins

Lucas has played in every position for the club but goal-keeper. Joined in 2014 from Stevenage. He was a key part of the teams that won League Two and League One and continued his form in the Championship. Our penalty taker and chips in with vital goals. Won this award last year as well.

 

10) Runner-up Player of the Season 2018/19

Sponsored by Knott

Winner: Brad Collins

Promising young goalkeeper brought in on loan from Chelsea when Stephen Bywater was injured. Has impressed with his calm assurance and shot stopping and has quickly become a fans’ favourite.

 

11) Player of the Season 2018/19

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Winner: Lucas Akins

Making it a double-double as he won this award as well last year. Overwhelming choice of the fans.


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