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Every winner at the Leeds United end of season awards

It’s that time of year again. As the season draws to a close, Leeds United look back at the season and rewards those who have had the biggest impact. 

From Young Player of the Year to Goal of the Season, here we celebrate what has been a wonderful season for the club so far.

2023/24 Goal of the Season: Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford. Credit: Imago Images

Leeds United’s Goal of the Season honour has been bestowed upon Bamford for his stunning strike against Peterborough United during the FA Cup Third Round.

In a memorable moment at the Weston Homes Stadium, Bamford showed just what he’s capable of by controlling Ethan Ampadu’s long pass, before unleashing a thunderous volley from 25 yards out. The unstoppable shot left Posh goalkeeper Fynn Talley rooted to the spot as it found the back of the net.

Under the guidance of Daniel Farke, Leeds secured a commanding 3-0 victory in Cambridgeshire, with Ampadu himself contributing a brace to seal the win and advance to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

January proved to be a prolific month for Bamford, who also found the net in the Sky Bet Championship clashes against Birmingham City, Cardiff City, and Norwich City.

Among the nominees for the prestigious award were Joel Piroe (vs Millwall), Georginio Rutter (vs Swansea), Dan James (vs Hull City), and Crysencio Summerville (vs Norwich and vs Watford).

2023/24 Young Player of the Year: Archie Gray

Archie Gray. Credit: Imago Images

Who else? The 18-year-old emerged as a pivotal figure in Daniel Farke’s squad since making his debut on the opening day of the season against Cardiff City.

Gray’s adaptability and tactical understanding have seen him deployed in various positions, showcasing his versatility and mature understanding of the game at such a young age.

With an impressive tally of 46 appearances across all competitions this season, Gray has left a lasting impact. One of the standout moments came in the remarkable comeback victory against Leicester City at Elland Road, although he was not officially credited with the goal.

Recognising his stellar performances, Gray was honored at the recent EFL Awards, where he clinched both the Young Player of the Season and the Apprentice of the Season titles.

Moreover, Gray’s achievements have extended beyond club football, as he earned two caps for the England Under-21s, marking his debut with a goal in Azerbaijan.

2023/24 Players’ Player of the Season: Crysencio Summerville

Crysencio Summerville. Credit: Imago Images

The forward has been on fire for the Whites this season, tallying an impressive 18 goals and nine assists across all competitions from 43 appearances, making him the club’s top goalscorer so far this season.

Since hitting the net in Daniel Farke’s debut match, Summerville has consistently posed a threat to opposition defences, missing just two fixtures throughout the campaign.

As Leeds United continue their push at the top of the table, the Dutchman’s skill and speed have illuminated Elland Road, not only with his goal-scoring prowess but also with his adeptness at creating opportunities for his teammates.

Summerville’s contributions extend beyond the attacking front, as his relentless work ethic and willingness to track back into defensive positions have bolstered the team’s defensive efforts.

Earning accolades for his stellar performances, Summerville clinched the Players’ Player of the Year award and secured a spot in the Sky Bet Championship Team of the Season.

He was also honored as the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season at the recent EFL Awards, further cementing his status as a standout player in the league.

2023/24 Women’s Player of the Year: Jess Roussau

Following an outstanding year of goal-scoring prowess, Jess Rousseau has been crowned as the Leeds United Women’s Player of the Season for the 2023/24 campaign.

The striker earns this accolade after an exceptional performance, netting an impressive 23 goals in 24 appearances across all competitions.

Joining the club from Lincoln City at the outset of 2023, Jess has truly flourished in her inaugural full season with the Whites.

In the FAWNL Division One North, Rousseau’s striking prowess is evident, having notched up 15 goals in 18 starts, placing her neck and neck with Hull City’s Helen Lynskey in the race for the league’s golden boot.

Demonstrating her ability from the onset, the 20-year-old found the net in the curtain-raiser against Stockport County in August, setting the tone for her stellar season.

Known for her speed and skill, Rousseau delivered a standout performance in March, securing a hat-trick in Leeds United’s commanding 5-1 triumph over rivals York City.

In the latest fixture, Jess once again showcased her lethal scoring ability, scoring a brace in the team’s comprehensive 4-1 victory against Chorley.

With three matches remaining in the season, Rousseau and her teammates are determined to finish on a high note, commencing with an upcoming clash against Stockport County this weekend.

2023/24 Bobby Collins Award: Annie Cochrane

The Bobby Collins Award is bestowed upon a Leeds United staff member who has made an exceptional contribution to the football club.

Annie made the journey from Kilbarchan in Scotland to Leeds in 1967. Since then, she has become an integral part of the Leeds community, dedicating over two decades to the club.

Whether it’s on matchdays or during quieter times, Annie is a familiar and beloved presence in the club’s hospitality areas, ensuring that every visitor has a memorable experience. Her willingness to lend a hand and share her expertise embodies the spirit of Leeds United.

Recently recognized as a finalist at the 2023/24 EFL Awards in London for the Club Employee Award, Annie is a true unsung hero behind the scenes at Elland Road.

In addition to celebrating her well-deserved award tonight, Annie also celebrated her 90th birthday on Friday, April 12th!

2023/24 Special Achievement Award: Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, and Luke Ayling

Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, and Luke Ayling. Credit: Imago Images

The trio have been honored for their remarkable dedication to Leeds United, boasting years of service both on and off the field.

Their pivotal roles in securing the Championship title in the 2019/20 season, followed by an impressive 9th-place finish in the Premier League the next year, underscore their significant contributions.

Liam Cooper has been a stalwart with over 250 appearances for the Whites, serving as captain and representing Scotland 18 times internationally. He continues to be a vital presence, featuring in 18 matches across all competitions this season.

Stuart Dallas, who joined Elland Road in 2015, also surpasses 250 appearances, adding 62 caps for Northern Ireland. His versatility, whether in midfield or defense, has been invaluable. Despite announcing his retirement due to an injury in the 2021/22 season, his impact remains enduring.

Luke Ayling, part of Leeds since 2016, has similarly exceeded 250 appearances, contributing crucial goals and consistent performances. Currently on loan with Middlesbrough, he made 16 appearances for Leeds this season before the move.

2023/24 Player of the Year Award: Ethan Ampadu

Ethan Ampadu. Credit: Imago Images

The 23-year-old arrived at Elland Road last summer after finalising a £7 million transfer from Chelsea and has since become a cornerstone of Daniel Farke’s squad, featuring in 48 matches across all competitions this season.

Ampadu’s versatility has been invaluable, as he has seamlessly transitioned between midfield and defense throughout the campaign.

In addition to his on-field contributions, the Welsh international has showcased his leadership skills by captaining the side on numerous occasions. Making him a potential candidate should Cooper leave at the end of the season.

During an Emirates FA Cup clash against Peterborough United in January, he notched his first goals for the club, scoring twice to propel Leeds into the next round.

In recognition of his stellar debut season, Ampadu has been honored with this award, voted for by the Leeds United fanbase.

Looking ahead, he is determined to continue aiding Farke’s side as they strive for a strong finish in the 2023/24 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

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