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The Football League has announced that Middlesbrough FC has won the CSI Sports Best Matchday Programme Award at the 2011 Football League Awards.
Graham Bell, Middlesbrough FC Senior Media & Publications Officer, received the award at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, on Sunday evening in front of guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry. This year there were a total of 17 awards with a total of 34 clubs shortlisted for honours.
This award celebrates a great football tradition – the matchday programme. Judges were looking for excellence in design, editorial, innovation and value for money.
On winning the award, Redsquare editor Graham said, “We are very proud of our match programme, a lot of people work very hard to make it happen and we have genuine fans from the Teeside area writing for us. As a club we work hard in the whole community and the programme is another way that the fans can get close to the club so this award will make a lot of people very happy.”
As well as exclusive player interviews, up-to-the minute news and superb action photography, there is also a new historical section including rarely-seen archive pictures of Boro legends.
Regular contributors include two well-known Boro fans, Guardian columnist Harry Pearson and BBC TV and radio reporter Mark Clemmit.
REDSQUARE has been printed and designed by Newton Aycliffe-based hpm for the past 20 years. Photography is by North News & Pictures and Getty Images, with Graham Bell also taking many of the shots himself. Other contributors include Boro fans Martin Walker and Shaun Wilson, Daily Telegraph reporter Rob Stewart, Boro website reporter Gordon Cox and Media Manager Dave Allan.
Greg Clarke, the Chairman of The Football League, said: “The Football League Awards 2011 has given us the chance to recognise and reward the achievements of those on and off the pitch. The evening has been another huge success, and I congratulate all the winners.”
Established in 2006, The Football League Awards is an annual gala event which celebrates excellence both on and off the pitch. The event attracts players, managers and staff from League clubs as well as sponsors, partners and those wishing to celebrate everything Football League.
The event is the first major football awards of the season and has a clear point of difference from other ceremonies, which focus exclusively on players and managers. Categories include npower Fan of the Year, Coca-Cola Community Club of the Year and Mitre Goal of the Year and are judged by panels of experts from the industry and media.
To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.FLAwards.com.