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Wickham Wins Awards
Wickham Wins Awards
Sunday, 20th Mar 2011 21:39

Town striker Connor Wickham was named the Young Player of the Year and Championship Apprentice of the Year at tonight’s Football League Awards in London.

The Blues frontman was up against Watford’s Will Buckley and Arsenal’s Henri Lansbury, who is on loan at Norwich, for the Football League Young Player of the Year Award and Adam Thompson of Watford and Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha in the Championship Apprentice of the Year category.

Speaking last week, boss Paul Jewell said Wickham, who turns 18 on the final day of the month, is having no trouble handling all the plaudits and awards he is receiving: “He’ll probably get a BAFTA as well!

“He’s in for that many awards that I lose track - Young Player of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Chef of the Year, everything. It’s a lot for him to take on but I think he takes it in his stride and he’s a very level-headed lad.”

Wickham will be with the England U21 squad this week for their friendlies against Denmark and Iceland.

QPR’s Adel Taarabt won the Championship Player of the Year award with Peterborough’s Craig Mackail-Smith being given the League One gong and Bury’s Ryan Lowe winning in League Two.

Crewe boss Dario Gradi received a Contribution to League Football Award for his 28 years with the Railwaymen.

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bedsitfc added 21:49 - Mar 20
Cool, another million on his price tag.

Sindre94 added 21:52 - Mar 20

fluffy_wool added 21:54 - Mar 20
Well Done Connor :) keep up the work rate and the goals and no doubt you will be in premier league with Ipswich. That surely adds another 5 million to his price tag :) please stay :) no doubt he is a brilliant player so let's wrap him in bubble wrap refusing any offers for him in summer. We can't leg a player that will undoubtedly help us improve the fire power up front leave

ipswichjon added 21:55 - Mar 20
Congratulations Connor, should add a couple of million to the value, hope you go on to be as successful as past winners like Gareth Bale and not Lewin Nyatanga!

solemio added 21:56 - Mar 20
Well done indeed, Connor.

Well done too to Dario Gradi, in my view one of the greatest ever managers in this country.

Ipswich24 added 21:57 - Mar 20
Well done Connor that puts his price up to 20 million hey! Let's get Mackail_Smith to join him.let's hope Connor had word in his ear at awards

Garv added 21:57 - Mar 20
Let's learn from the sale of Darren Bent.

hollywoodginge added 21:58 - Mar 20
Well done lad, I won't make myself popular on here and don't wanna seem negative but in very surprised about this, if I was Henri Lansbury I'd be slightly miffed, I would also not be playing for the budgies! It must purely be down to him being the youngest of the 3 nominees. He has flashes of genius but in my opinion the other 2 have had better seasons all round, just my opinion.

clive_baker added 22:10 - Mar 20
Well done Connor, thoroughly deserved. In my opinion the brightest prospect to come out of itfc in my generation and that includes dyer and bent. He has everything needed to play at the very top level. Part of me is desperate for us to keep him here to lead our attack next season but part wants him to move on for his sake and achieve what he can. Not saying another season at ipswich will hinder that, infact it would improve him but he is bound to not be short of offers this summer.

dairec1 added 22:11 - Mar 20
Well done Connor, onwards and upwards now and with the blues!!!

Tiggs added 22:23 - Mar 20
Bye Bye Connor.
Let's hope Clegg allows Jewell to spend the transfer money received. Unlikely.........

______ITFC______ added 22:26 - Mar 20
we just need to keep hold of him! darren bent stayed for a couple more seasons after the bids to get more first team football, now look where he is, unlike ambrose who hasnt gone far, wright when he was here the first time. I hope he does stay for a couple of seasons to help us out and learn his trade instead of going now to sit on a bench somewhere.

Tiggs added 22:30 - Mar 20
Not a chance ITFC. He's a goner in the summer.

SouperJim added 22:37 - Mar 20
Must admit, I thought Lansbury would get the young player award as I think he has made a bigger impact, however I'm delighted for Connor and ITFC.

HighgateBlue added 22:53 - Mar 20
Well done to Connor, who really deserves all of the plaudits.

However, am I the only one to be irritated with awards being doled out in respect of a season which is far from over? There's more than a sixth of matches in the league still to play for goodness' sake!?!

arc added 23:00 - Mar 20

blue_beats_yellow added 23:07 - Mar 20
Jewell = halarious! "best chef of the year". What a guy.

If connor goes which I think he will it needs to be 10-15 million. Propbably 10 cos of his age. I still think Bent was better for this club


bournemouthblue added 23:12 - Mar 20
Why has this been awarded with 8 games to go? Seems very early

11 games still to go for some, Wickham's been alright, young player of the year seems a bit over the top

Even the football league are pandering to his hype

Upbeat~ added 23:19 - Mar 20

Upbeat~ added 23:25 - Mar 20

Terrific news and he's still not even 18 yet. Keep up the performances and we'll be rolling in it come the summer. Obviously want him to stay but £10m+ goes a long way in this league. A bit of Jewell magic in the transfer window and FPR will be rocking again this time next season.

warwickblue added 00:10 - Mar 21
Congratulations, young Connor. This has been achieved in a season in which injuries, managerial difficulties, playing out of position and some dire football from ITFC, have all conspired to perhaps not show Connor in his best light. Wait 'til he really gets going next season - just hope it's for us....

north_stand77 added 01:02 - Mar 21
Well done Connor. Very pleased you are still playing for us - long may it continue, well as long as possible anyway!
Good lad.

JoshTheLad added 07:51 - Mar 21
YES WICKHAM! What a legend, fully deserves it, come on so much this year! Better player than Priskin and Scotland put together, such a star!

WeWereZombies added 08:05 - Mar 21
Normally I enjoy Paul Jewell's comic gems and, yes, there are two many awards ceremonies in almost every walk of life these days but for a player at the start of what could be a glittering career I think it might have been better just to say 'well done' and let Connor make the gags if he wants to.

On the 'Lansbury has done more to deserve the award' question it is worth remembering that he is a loan player with most of the development of his career happening at the not inconsiderable resources of Arsenal. Connor is the product of a Championship club, although one with a youth set-up that would shame most Premiership clubs, and his award is recognition not just of his ability but the quality of the staff at the club.

DiamondGezzer added 08:16 - Mar 21
Sadly, Connor is right in the middle of the shop window now. I think our chances of holding on to him are slim at best. But, if he goes on to be a top player, how nice to know that we and all at ITFC were part of his trail to glory.

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