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Bamford wins Football League award

Patrick Bamford, the 21-year-old striker who is spending the season on loan at Middlesbrough, was named the Championship’s Player of the Year at the Football League Awards ceremony in London on Sunday evening.

Bamford beat the two other nominees, Troy Deeney of Watford and Daryl Murphy of Ipswich Town, in a poll of the managers in the division. He accepted the honour at the end of a week in which he scored his 19th goal of the campaign for Middlesbrough, a winner against Wolves on Tuesday which helped keep the Teessiders very much in the hunt for promotion. They are third, one point behind leaders Watford with all the leading clubs having two games to play.

The England Under-21 international joined Chelsea in 2012 and has also enjoyed productive loans at MK Dons and Derby County.