2015 SPORTS AWARDS - FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR: There are some ‘Star’ lady players worthy of the top prize

Vicky Gallagher in action for Peterborough Northern Star Ladies.
Vicky Gallagher in action for Peterborough Northern Star Ladies.
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Footballer of the Year is the next category to be previewed in the 2015 Peterborough Telegraph Sports Awards.

Those included in our list of contenders are merely suggestions and that’s all they are. The choice is entirely down to you.

Northern Star Ladies contender Chanade Henderson.

Northern Star Ladies contender Chanade Henderson.

The top three in each category when voting closes on January 15 2016 will be invited to the annual awards bash at the Cresset on January 29 when the winners will be announced and the sponsors will present the trophies.

FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR

(sponsored by Focus Business Media Ltd)

Could this be the first time Footballer of the Year goes to a lady?

Posh star Marcus Maddison.

Posh star Marcus Maddison.

Peterborough Northern Star Ladies now play National League football which is a terrific achievement for the city club.

And manager Steve Iredale believes a few of the players who helped them get to that lofty level are worthy of local recognition.

Their ‘awesome foursome’ - suggested by opposition managers - are Jodie Bartle, Samara Iredale, Chanade Henderson and Vicky Gallagher and they should pick up plenty of votes.

They starred for the city side as they won the East Midlands League Premier Division title to clinch a coveted place in the FA Women’s Premier League.

This award is sponsored by Focus Business Media Ltd.

This award is sponsored by Focus Business Media Ltd.

Bartle was a great leader while centre-back Iredale was unbeatable in the air and scored several important goals including two hat-tricks.

Manager Iredale said: “Jodie plays right-back - a bit like a female Patrice Evra - while Samara is our Nemanja Vidic.”

Gallagher added class and experience to the midfield while utility player Henderson always works her socks off in every game wherever she’s asked to play,

Last year’s top three have all enjoyed an excellent 2015.

Reigning champion Dan Cotton is still banging in the goals for Yaxley. He racked up 30 last season and has scored 25 in the current campaign.

Jordan MacLeod and Avelino Vieira were Peterbororough Northern Star players when they finished runners-up to Cotton in 2014, but both have moved on to the all-conquering Peterborough Sports side.

They both remain in great form with MacLeod rated the best teenage player in the city and Vieira topping the United Counties Division One goal-scoring charts with 31 goals.

Sports could field a whole team of candidates as 2012 winner of this award Karl Gibbs has been prolific in front of goal (he scored nine goals in one game for the club’s reserve team earlier this season) and goalkeeper Luke McShane, a former Posh player, has kept clean sheets galore.

Another goalkeeper candidate is Whittlesey Athletic number one Lewis Moat

He performs to a consistently high standard for the Peterborough League Premier Division title challengers Whittlesey Athletic and took centre-stage when his team lifted the PFA Senior Cup at London Road at the end of last season.

He saved a spot-kick and scored one as they overcame Netherton in a penalty shoot-out.

Netherton’s star man last season was skipper Stephen Mastin who bagged 24 Premier Division goals from midfield and also led Baston FC’s Sunday side to the Lincs County Cup final.

Lower level footballers worth a mention include Benji Whittaker, who scored 54 goals in all competitions for Thorpe Wood Rangers last season and has carried on banging them in at a higher level this time around.

Lee Defraine claimed 44 goals in 35 games in all competitions for Peterborough Sports A, while James Hill-Seekings has played some top football for Coates Reserves and Peterborough Northern Star in 2015.

Peterborough’s voting public have fallen out of love with Posh players.

Posh men won the first 14 footballer-of-the-year prizes, but they’ve been out of favour for the last three.

If that’s to change, midfield wizards Erhun Oztumer and Marcus Maddison, utility player Michael Bostwick or consistent goalkeeper Ben Alnwick will be the most likely players to do it.

CONTENDERS

Avelino Vieira

A one-man scoring sensation for any team that signs him.

Josh Moreman

He’s been superb for Spalding United this season. Pace and goals from wide areas.

Lewis Moat

Outstanding goalkeeper who stars week in week out for Whittlesey Athletic in the Peterborough League Premier Division.

Phil Stebbing

A fine finisher who scored 29 goals for Peterborough Northern Star last season.

Lewis Webb

Outstanding midfielder for Spalding United and Peterborough Sports in 2015

Dan Cotton

A free-scoring attacking player for Yaxley who won this award last year.

Jordan MacLeod

A runner-up for this award last year and worthy of very serious consideration again.

Scores spectacular goals for high-flying Peterborough Sports.

Samara Iredale

Superb centre-back who starred for Peterborough Northern Star Ladies in their East Midlands Premier Division title-winning season.

Jodie Bartle

Great player and an influential leader of Peterborough Northern Star Ladies.

Vicky Gallagher

Northern Star Ladies classy midfielder.

Chanade Henderson

Peterborough Northern Star Ladies workhorse.

Karl Gibbs

Another former winner who is still a prolific goalscorer on the local scene.

Luke McShane

Ex-Posh goalkeeper who is a reliable last line of defence for the all-star Peterborough Sports side.

Benji Whittaker

Twelve months of non-stop goal-grabbing for Thorpe Wood Rangers.

Stephen Mastin

Rarely has a bad game for Netherton United.

Lee Derfraine

Another Peterborough Sports goal-poacher.

Michael Bostwick

Peterborough United’s ‘Boss’. Dynamic in midfield, reliable in defence.

Marcus Maddison

Peterborough United’s most-gifted player.

Erhun Oztumer

A crowd-pleasing midfield play-maker.

Ben Alnwick

The consistent Posh goalkeeper.

James Hill-Seekings

Scored 37 goals for Coates Reserves last season in the Peterborough League and another 28 to steer Whittlesey Red to the Youth League Under 18 Division One title .

Craig Smith

Taken the step up from Stilton to Peterborough Northern Star in his stride.

Joe Townsend

PT P’boro League spy reckons this Moulton Harrox midfielder/forward is the real deal.

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