Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usSource: Manchester Evening News (no online content) -Rory Patterson gets a couple of shouts

Stars are pulling in the votes OUR competition to find the M.E.N. Sport-Boddingtons Player of the Season has really captured your imagination.

We have been inundated with entries from readers nominating their favourite. Our soccer experts have had their say, with Paul Hince selecting Kevin Davies at Bolton, Chris Bailey opting for City’s Andy Cole, Stuart Mathieson selecting United’s Wayne Rooney (pictured), Neil Barker choosing Wigan’s Leighton Baines and Stuart Brennan going for Wanderers’ Ricardo Gardner.

Away from the Premiership, our reporters selected Ritchie Wellens at Oldham, Danny Whittaker at Macclesfield, Ricky Lambert at Rochdale, Ashley Williams of Stockport and Dave Flitcroft at Bury. We haven’t forgotten the non-League scene, with Tony Glennon choosing Ian Craney from newly-promoted Accrington Stanley as his top player.

Remember, though, we want your nominations – explaining your selection in no more than 50 words – which will go before a panel of pundits. If your choice is the winner, you will go into a draw, from which one lucky reader will win a year’s supply of Boddingtons.

Anyone under 16 entering will get of entries to present the trophy to the best young player chosen by the panel and spend a week with the M.E.N. Sport team.

Here is the first batch ….Harry Singleton, AshtonunderImagine the explosive pace and shooting power. Add to this the vision and skill of Eric Cantona. To complete the perfect mix, add the courage of Bryan Robson. The precocious talent of WAYNE ROONEY epitomises the combined skills of all these great players. Mr K Ross, WAYNE ROONEY class. Michael McDonnell: Like Altrincham, COLIN LITTLE has achieved against the odds! He not only scored 17 goals but created a lot of his own chances. Reliable pssionate and determined, Colin left many defenders marking shadows! A mixture of great goals and skill leading the Alty attack makes Colin my player of the year. Other nominations – Mr J Ashurst, Swinton: WAYNE ROONEY. Peter Cranmer: RORY PATTERSON, FC United. Steve Marshall: RORY PATTERSON, FC United. Denny Gill: WAYNE ROONEY. Barry Gale, Stockport: WAYNE ROONEY. Karen Flatley, Oldham: RITCHIE WELLENS: Oldham Athletic. Andy Holliday, Macclesfield: WAYNE ROONEY. Wigginton: is different