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Alli wins Young Player of the Year award

19 April 2015

Dele Alli has been named The Football League’s Young Player of the Year for the 2014/15 season.

The 19-year-old Dons academy product has enjoyed a sensational second season as a professional, making 41 appearances and scoring 16 goals, including a hat-trick in a 6-1 triumph over Crewe Alexandra.

Alli was presented with the gong at Sunday night’s Football League Awards ceremony in London after seeing off competition from former Dons team-mate Patrick Bamford, now of Middlesbrough, and Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond.

Ex-Don Bamford was later named Sky Bet Championship's Player of the Year - the striker scored 21 goals in 44 games during two seperate loan spells at stadiummk between 2012 and 2014.

Speaking at the ceremony, Alli said: “It's been a really good season so far and I wouldn't have been able to do any of it without my team-mates. I also can't thank the gaffer enough for everything he has done - he's always had faith in me.”

Alli also finished as a runner-up for the Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Year award, on an evening where the Dons were represented in an impressive five categories.

Goalkeeper Coach Paul Heald was put forward as the Club Hero for the opening gong of the night – the Tokio Marine Kiln Club Hero Award – but missed out to Birmingham City’s Brian Murphy.

Giorgio Rasulo was also one of three players nominated for the LFE League 1 Apprentice of the Year, which went to Sheffield United’s George Cooper.

Finally, the Dons themselves were shortlisted for the Family Club of the Year Award for their excellent commitment to making football a fun and safe environment for young supporters and families. The award, though, went to fellow League 1 members Colchester United.

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