champions honoured

Wolves stars in Championship team of the year

April 27, 2009

Champions Wolves lead the way in the Championship Team of the Year which has been announced at the PFA Awards.

Three of Mick McCarthy's squad have been named in a team which includes players from six different clubs - but none from Birmingham and just one apiece from fellow promotion candidates Reading and Sheffield United.

Centre-back Richard Stearman, winger Michael Kightly and top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake are all named in the side, which also contains two players each from Cardiff, Swansea and Coventry.

Cardiff are represented by their impressive centre-back Roger Johnson and star midfielder Joe Ledley, while their Welsh neighbours Swansea have seen their top scorer Jason Scotland and on-loan Espanyol midfielder Jordi Gomez get the nod.

The Sky Blues, meanwhile, have two players in the shake-up despite a disappointing campaign, with goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and England Under-21 left-back Daniel Fox voted into the team, which is completed by Sheffield United defender Kyle Naughton and Reading winger Stephen Hunt.

The League One Team of the Year is also dominated by the champions, with Leicester having three of their stars named in the side.

Top scorer Matt Fryatt leads the way after smashing 31 goals in all competitions as the Foxes bounced straight back to the Championship, and he is joined in the team by defender Jack Hobbs, who this week agreed a permanent move after his loan spell from Liverpool and midfielder Matt Oakley.

MK Dons are represented by defensive pair Sean O'Hanlon and Dean Lewington, while Leeds midfielder Fabian Delph is also in the team, a month after being named Young Player of the Year at the Football League awards.

Oldham duo Neal Eardley and Chris Taylor are also in the side, along with Peterborough winger George Boyd, Scunthorpe goalkeeper Joe Murphy and Bristol Rovers striker Rickie Lambert, who has notched 28 goals for the Pirates.

But whereas the two top divisions of the Football League have their champions well represented, newly-crowned League Two champions Brentford do not have a single player in the line-up.

But long-time leaders Wycombe, who remain in pole position to clinch second spot, have three players in the team in the shape of goalkeeper Scott Shearer, centre-back David McCracken and midfielder Tommy Doherty.

Shrewsbury, who must win against Dagenham next weekend to earn a play-off spot, are represented by midfielder Ben Davies and Grant Holt, while Bury - who can still make automatic promotion - have a sole representative in their top scorer Andy Bishop.

Gillingham and Rochdale - both guaranteed play-off places - have one player each in the team, with Gills centre-back Simon King and Dale full-back Tom Kennedy getting the nod.

And the team is completed by Darlington defender Neil Austin, Bradford winger Omar Daley and Lincoln forward Dany N'Guessan.

Championship team: Keiren Westwood (Coventry), Kyle Naughton (Sheff Utd), Roger Johnson (Cardiff), Richard Stearman (Wolves), Daniel Fox (Coventry), Michael Kightly (Wolves), Stephen Hunt (Reading), Joe Ledley (Cardiff), Jordi Gomez (Swansea, on loan from RCD Espanyol), Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolves), Jason Scotland (Swansea).

League One team: Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe), Neal Eardley (Oldham), Jack Hobbs (Leicester), Sean O'Hanlon, Dean Lewington (both MK Dons), Fabian Delph (Leeds), Matt Oakley (Leicester), Chris Taylor (Oldham), George Boyd (Peterborough), Rickie Lambert (Bristol Rovers), Matt Fryatt (Leicester).

League Two team: Scott Shearer (Wycombe), Neil Austin (Darlington), Simon King (Gillingham), David McCracken (Wycombe), Tom Kennedy (Rochdale), Omar Daley (Bradford), Dany N'Guessan (Lincoln), Ben Davies (Shrewsbury), Tommy Doherty (Wycombe), Andy Bishop (Bury), Grant Holt (Shrewsbury).