Wickham wins two Football League awards

CONNOR Wickham scooped two awards at tonight’s Football League Awards Ceremony, held at The Brewery in London.

CONNOR Wickham scooped two awards at tonight’s Football League Awards Ceremony, held at The Brewery in London.

The Ipswich Town teenager was named both the Football League’s young player-of-the-year, and also crowned the League’s apprentice player-of-the-year, to seal a memorable double.

In the League’s young player-of-the-year category, he had been short-listed alongside Norwich City’s Henri Lansbury, who is on loan with the Canaries from Arsenal for the season, and also Watford midfielder Will Buckley, who had played in the Hornets’ recent 3-0 win at Portman Road.

All registered Football League players, aged under 21 at the start of the season, were eligible for consideration in this section.

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The double awards victory is an early birthday present for Wickham, who turns 18 at the end of this month.

Wickham played up front on his own during Town’s 2-0 home win over struggling Scunthorpe United on Saturday, having been employed as a left-sided attacker in recent months.

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After a very quiet first-half of the season, under former manager Roy Keane, the talented teenager has really come to the fore under new boss Paul Jewell.

He had only played one full 90 minutes before the turn of the year, but has now started Town’s last 18 games, and contributed six goals.

The highlights have included the first senior hat-trick of his career, in a 6-0 win at Doncaster Rovers in mid-February, and a terrific solo goal in the 3-0 home win over Sheffield United, widely regarded as one of the best goals ever scored at Portman Road.

Town do not have another game for two weeks, due to a break for internationals, but there will be no rest for Wickham.

The former Academy star is in the England Under-21 squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Denmark and Iceland.

England take on Denmark away on Thursday, March 24, and then entertain Iceland on Monday, March 28 at Preston’s Deepdale.

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