The Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan was voted the Sports Personality of the Year at the Sport Newcastle Awards, held last night at Newcastle’s Civic Center.
Kevin Nolan – Sports Personality Of The Year
The 28-year-old is Newcastle’s top goal-scorer this season on 11 goals, in a tie with departed Andy Carroll, and he is the Premier League’s top-scoring midfielder this season.
Malcom Dix, the Sport Newcastle secretary said:
“Kevin Nolan was an outstanding skipper of the Championship-winning team and has demonstrated his goalscoring skill in the Championship and again in the Premier League this season,”
As well as his goals this season Kevin notched 18 last season and in 87 appearances for the magpies he has scored an amazing 29 goals – not too bad for a midfielder.
England U18 goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, shown above, is the younger brother of Spurs and former Sunderland keeper Ben, and last night Jak won the coveted Wor Jackie Trophy as one of North East football’s rising stars.
The trophy has previously been won by youngsters like Andy Carroll in 2007 and Nile Ranger in 2009, and it cements Jak as one of Newcastle top up and coming youngsters, who was outstanding last season for the Newcastle U18 side that made the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.
Jak’s football idol is Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, and Steve Harper is his favorite Newcastle player – that’s not surprising.
19 year-old Paul Dummett, shown above, who is the Reserve Team captain, was named one of 12 Rising Stars, and the Welsh U-21 international has only recently signed a new deal to keep him at Newcastle until the summer of 2013.
And 16 year-old Newcastle striker Adam Campbell, shown above, whom we profiled in January, received the Jack Hickson Award as the North East’s outstanding young footballer.
Jack Hickson is the scout who discovered Alan Shearer, but sent him to Southampton when Alan was just 15 years old, and Jack died back in December, 2009 at the age of 88.
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