Cattermole lands FWA North-East award

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has been voted the North East Football Writers’ Association’s Player of the Year for 2014.

The former Middlesbrough and Wigan player beat his ex-Sunderland team-mate Jack Colback into second place, with Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter third. All three have come through North East Academies.

Middlesbrough’s England Under-21 international defender Ben Gibson has been named NEFWA Young Player of the Year, narrowly beating Boro team-mate Adam Reach, Newcastle defender Paul Dummett and former Hartlepool Luke James.

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FWA TO HONOUR DROGBA


The Football Writers’ Association are pleased to confirm Didier Drogba will be honoured at the annual Gala Tribute Evening at The Savoy, London, on January 25, 2015.

Chelsea forward Drogba said: "It is an incredible honour. I have looked at the list of people who have been given this award and there are some of the most famous names in football on it.

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FWA National Golf Day, Sept 29

This year's FWA National Golf Day, again generously sponsored by Vauxhall, returns to the beautiful Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire on Monday September 29.

Reception and bacon butties from 9.30am, tee off times will be from around 11am, with late afternoon prize giving buffet meal.

The format will follow previous years with teams of four, stableford format with best two scores on each hole counting to the team prize. There is also an individual competition for FWA members.

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SWANSEA HAVE ALREADY SPOKEN ABOUT LAUDRUP’S SUCCESSOR

CHRIS WATHAN of the Western Mail says that planning ahead has been a significant part of the Capital One Cup finalists’ success

By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES

SOME CLUBS have found it difficult going on impossible to appoint – and keep - the right manager. Swansea City have made the task seem so easy you wonder why others have such problems.

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FWA AGREES CHARITABLE LINK-UP WITH NATIONAL LITERACY ASSOCIATION

The Football Writers’ Association is delighted to announce the National Literacy Association as its first charitable partner.

The FWA plans to work closely with the NLA on several projects over the next 12 months and will help to raise funds for the charity from events such as the Footballer of the Year Dinner in May and the successful Barclays FWA Live.

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