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KILGALLON DOMINATES PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS EVENING

2 May 2018

Bantams defender Matthew Kilgallon was crowned Bradford City's 2017/2018 Player of the Year on a night to remember for the defender at the Club's end of season awards evening this Wednesday.
 
The popular centre back, who was also chosen by his team-mates for the Players' Player of the Year title, won seven awards in total during the awards night at the Northern Commercials Stadium.
 
On top of his Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards, Kilgallon was chosen as the top player for the season by the Friends of Bradford City - who once again organised the event - East Bierley Bantams, Bingley Bantams, Shipley Bantams and White Abbey Supporters' Groups.
 
Kilgallon was named as the Telegraph & Argus' Most Consistent Player award winner as well.
 
The only award the centre half missed out on was the Bingley Bantams Player of the Year which went to Colin Doyle instead.
 
The glut of trophies collected on the night by the defender was a fitting reward for the 34 year-old, who has arguably been one of City's most consistent performers during the last nine months.
 
Speaking after his sensational trophy haul, a jubliant Kilgallon said: "I really can't believe it.
 
"It certainly means a lot to me to collect all of these awards.
 
"I definitely didn't expect all of these trophies. I am so happy with all of this, and I can't wait to share it all with my wife and kids.
 
"It was nice to hear your name so many times, but I didn't want to go over the top on the stage - we all know that we wanted to finish this season higher.
 
"Deep down, though, I am very proud by these honours. It is nice when fans come up to you and say that you've given it your all this season.
 
"For someone like me, a defender, to win the main award from the fans shows that the supporters here clearly know their football.
 
"It would have been easy just to give it to a striker who scores the goals and takes all the headlines.
 
"I am really happy that the fans feel I have done well for them this season.
 
"The vote from the lads for the Players' Player of the Year award means a lot as well.
 
"Hopefully it shows that I have been doing the right things on the pitch and in and around the training ground.
 
"I have won awards before but I've never had an amount like this.
 
"If I win more than this in the future I think I'll have scored twenty goals in the season!
 
"I don't want to sit back on this, though.
 
"I will enjoy what I have achieved tonight (Wednesday) but I am looking to go again in pre-season this summer.
 
"We clearly wanted to finish this season higher, but it is gone now.
 
"We have to take the positives from the campaign and look to improve next season."
 
 
Other awards on the night saw George Sykes-Kenworthy named Youth Team Player of the Year and Tyrell Robinson collect the Supporters' Trust Under 23s Player of the Year.
 
Robinson also won the Pulse 2 Commentary Moment of the Season for his late match-winner at Wigan Athletic.
 
 
Bradford City 2017/2018 Player of the Year award winners:
 
Telegraph & Argus Player of the Year
1st Matthew Kilgallon
2nd Colin Doyle
3rd Charlie Wyke
 
JCT600 Players' Player of the Year
Matthew Kilgallon
 
Friends of Bradford City Player of the Year
Matthew Kilgallon
 
Pulse 2 Commentary Moment of the Year
Tyrell Robinson (vs Wigan Athletic)
 
Telegraph & Argus Most Consistent Player of the Year
1st Matthew Kilgallon
2nd Paul Taylor
3rd Colin Doyle
 
Bradford City Youth Team Player of the Year
George Sykes-Kenworthy
 
Bingley Bantams
Colin Doyle
 
Shipley Bantams Player of the Year
Matthew Kilgallon
 
Bradford City PFA Community Champion
Romain Vincelot
 
East Bierley Bantams Player of the Year
Matthew Kilgallon
 
White Abbey Supporters' Branch Player of the Year
Matthew Kilgallon
 
Chairmans' Special Recognition Award
Julie Stainthorpe and Jean Calvert for their work with the Junior Bantams
 
Bradford City Supporters' Board Unsung Hero 
Community Foundation volunteers
 
Supporters' Trust Under 23s' Player of the Year
Tyrell Robinson
 
Bradford City Disability Player of the Year
Steven Jowett
 
Bradford City Women's Team Unsung Hero
Paul Scott

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