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Jose nets top Blades goal

21 January 2014

Jose Baxter's thunderbolt free-kick against Oldham Athletic will represent the Blades in the Football League's Goal of 2013 competition.

Clubs were asked to nominate their top goal of the calendar year and we put a number of contenders out on our official website and YouTube channel.

The goal with the most views would be nominated as the top goal and Baxter's leveller against his former club on Boxing Day came out top. Of course, our number 11 drilled home a free-kick from more than 30 yards - right in front of the Kop.

Jose's goal beat Jamie Murphy's first for the club into second place, whilst there were hundreds of views for the other contenders - Ryan Flynn's goal in Nigel Clough's first game in charge, Michael Doyle's winner against Port Vale and Jose Baxter's looping header against Swindon.

Our nominated goal will be entered in the Mitre Goal of the Year category at the Football League Awards 2014. A judging panel will then review the goals with the top 10 being shown on Sky Sports' Soccer AM on 9th February. Fans will be given the opportunity to vote for goals to make the final shortlist of five, with the overall winner being decided at the glittering awards ceremony at The Brewery, London on Sunday 16th March 2014.

Although the competition has now ended, you can still view the goals here...

Goal A
On a cold night at Gigg Lane, Murphy cuts in from the left and purposefully places home, beyond the goalkeeper's reach.

Goal B
The skipper nets the winner against Port Vale - firing in at the Kop end after Ryan Flynn's lay off.

Goal C
Ryan Flynn seals victory in Nigel Clough's first game in charge, cutting in from the left and beating the goalkeeper at the near post.

Goal D
Jose Baxter (and Ryan Flynn) win vital headers in the Swindon penalty area - which ultimately secures a home victory.

Goal E
Jose Baxter takes charge and drills home a 30+ yard free-kick against his old club in front of the Kop!

Past winners of the Mitre Goal of the Year have been:
Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest, 2012)
Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City, 2011)
Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic, 2010)
Nicky Maynard (Bristol City, 2009)
Sylvain-Ebanks Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2008)
Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United, 2007)
Joe Ledley (Cardiff City, 2006)
Stefan Oakes (Notts County, 2005)

To find out more about The Football League Awards please visit

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