The Football League are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Capital One Supporter of the Year... and it includes a Blade!
The Award celebrates fans who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, having demonstrated extra-special devotion to their club across the past year. Nominations were invited from supporters of all Football League clubs, and have been whittled down to winners of each division. The overall winner will be announced on the night.
The Football League Awards honour on and off pitch achievements across The League's 72 clubs, rewarding players, clubs and fans in eight categories, which include the Family Club of the Year, Johnstone's Paint Community Club of the Year and the Tokio Marine Unsung Hero award.
Capital One Supporter of the Year shortlist and nominee information:
Championship winner: Phil Beeton (Leeds United)
Now aged 61, Phil and has supported Leeds United since he adopted them as his boyhood club back in the 1950s. He has since become one of the most devoted football fans in the country and is approaching his 2000th consecutive Leeds United league game. This incredible run stretches back to the 1960s and includes home, away and European fixtures. Back in 1979 Phil formed a Leeds United Supporters Club branch, and has organised travel for Leeds fans to every corner of the UK, as well as trips to Europe for competitive and friendly matches. Phil is also an avid collector of matchday programmes and for the last 25 years has been organising a bulk supply of programmes to distribute on the buses, both pre and post-match to ensure they're in mint condition.
League 1 winner: Brett Price (Sheffield United)
Up until this season, Brett had not missed a Sheffield United match for 21 years. A Blades fan home and away for the last 30 years, he has shown a tremendous amount of commitment to the club and is the secretary of the Handsworth Blades Supporters' Club. Brett ensures that each member gets to games on time, sometimes at his own expense. He attends all pre-season tours, reserve and youth team fixtures, and often travels to away games at this level as well. A true family man, Brett attends every match with his son Tom and would have been an ever-present this season as well had it not been for Tom's international commitments with England's Subbuteo squad.
League 2 winner: John Chapman (Dagenham & Redbridge)
John has been involved with Dagenham & Redbridge as a volunteer for the last 15 years - first as a programme seller and, for the past 12 years, as the programme shop co-ordinator. He is responsible for running the programme shop on matchdays and other special open days, often contacting other clubs to arrange programme swaps, not only within League 2 but across the whole football family. A keen fact-finder, he researches the opposition's history and writes a piece for each matchday programme, detailing interesting facts about the opposition and the history of their programmes. Alongside John's already long list of responsibilities, he also manages orders from collectors all over the world and all the money he raises from the sale of programmes is donated to the club.
The shortlists were drawn up by a panel of judges that included supporters, sponsors, media and members of The Football League.
To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.FLAwards.com
* Brett is pictured with Blades legend Alan Hodgkinson.