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Double delight for Blades

16 November 2012

Double delight for Blades

Danny Wilson and George Long have been recognised as Football League sponsors npower are proud to reveal the prizes for both the npower League 1 Manager and Player of the Month Awards are heading to Bramall Lane.

With 16 points from a possible 18, Wilson guided United to second place in npower League 1 at the end of October. With only goal difference separating the Blades and league leaders Tranmere Rovers at the end of the month, the fans at Bramall Lane will be forgiven for beginning to anticipate a serious promotion challenge this season.

Wilson's success this month has been built on the base of a very tight defence, which has been marshalled excellently by homegrown Long. In the month before his 19th birthday, the teenager has displayed both shot-stopping ability and maturity beyond his years in conceding just a single goal in five league appearances.

The two awards are determined by two separate expert panels. The Manager of the Month award is decided by former Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley, Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson, League Managers Association Deputy CEO Olaf Dixon and npower Sponsorship Manager Emma Collins. The Player of the Month panel sees Emma Collins joined by Wolves legend Don Goodman, BBC Sport's Mark Clemmit and The Football League's Head of Communications, John Nagle.

Speaking about Wilson's win, panel member Alan Curbishley commented: "Sheffield United's fantastic start to the season continues as they remain unbeaten in npower League 1. October was a particularly productive month for the Blades, taking 16 points and pushing into the automatic promotion places."

Commenting from npower, Sponsorship Manager Emma Collins added: "It's often said that goalkeepers mature a lot later than their outfield counterparts, so Sheffield United fans will be very optimistic about the progress of George Long.

"While Sheffield United's defensive record is obviously a team effort, George has displayed great maturity and ability this month and richly deserves the award."

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