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Ian Sharps named Burton Albion player of the year

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

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IAN Sharps has been crowned Burton Albion's player of the year at the club's annual awards evening.

The 33-year-old defender pipped Phil Edwards to the award at a gala evening at the Pirelli Stadium.

He succeeds Lee Bell as player of the year.

"It's an honour to be appreciated by the fans," said Sharps, who has been the rock on which Albion's promotion charge was built this season. "But it was a team effort this season."

Meanwhile, Marcus Harness was named young player of the year after making a big impression this season.

The 18-year-old beat Matty Palmer to the award, showing how Palmer has gone from youngster to almost an old first-team head in less than a year, such has been his progress.

Unsung hero Damien McCrory got the players' player of the year award, while Palmer got goal of the season for his tremendous left-footed effort against Hereford in the FA Cup.

"It's my only goal so far," joked the teenager when quizzed by host Manish Bhasin, from the BBC, on the strike.

Zeli Ismail, another youngster making his mark with Albion - while on loan from Wolves - grabbed the individual performance of the season award after he turned the game against Cheltenham in January, setting up two goals for Dom Knowles to turn around a 1-0 deficit.

Jimmy Phillips, who was unable to attend on the night, picked up the player in the community award, although a video of Marcus Holness break dancing for a group of schoolchildren on an Albion visit to the classroom deserved an award of its own!

Club stalwarts Kev Fradley and John Brake received the service and support to Burton Albion award for their unstinting efforts for the Brewers over the years.

And Billy Kee was given the top goalscorer award, with his cracking strike on the turn at Wycombe also nominated for the goal of the season.

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