Player of the Season: Kemar Roofe (Oxford United)
‘And when we win promotion, we’ll sing this song all night, Oh, Kemar Roofe is magic…’ is a song that the Oxford faithful have been chanting up and down the country all season and they were right on both counts – they did win promotion and Roofe was a magical part of it.
The attacking midfielder has 18 goals to his name this season and with pace to burn, his move from West Brom a year ago was a primary reason that United were amongst the favourites to go up in the first place.
The 23-year-old has been as exciting to watch as he is clinical and with youth still on his side, a potentially great career is only just beginning.
Manager of the Season: John Coleman (Accrington Stanley)
The best managers are the ones who get the most out of their available resources, and Accrington Stanley have fewer than anyone. They have one of the smallest grounds, the smallest fanbases and the smallest budgets in the entire Football League, yet John Coleman got them playing some excellent football and picking up results way above their, or anybody else’s, expectations.
They amassed a remarkable 85 points and were cruelly pipped to automatic promotion in the final minute of the final day when they failed to score at home for the first time all season.
The sale of Josh Windass and Matt Crooks in January could have crippled the team, but Coleman and Stanley managed to negotiate a deal that saw the club hold on to the pair until the summer, thus ensuring that the club that wouldn’t die is, under Coleman, actually starting to thrive.