Jay Rod and Grezza win awards
By Tony Scholes
Updated Monday, 23rd April 2012
It was the PFA Awards last night and for the first time in twelve years a Burnley player has been named in one of the divisional teams.
We'd sort of got used to it during the 1990s with at least one Burnley player making the team of whichever division we were in eight of the ten years, but Jay becomes the first Burnley player to be nominated since Steve Davis and Glen Little made the team then Division Two team in our promotion season of 1999/2000.
Popular with the Burnley fans, Jay was also the fourth highest named in the Championship by the managers at the recent Football League Awards and has now been named in the Championship eleven by his fellow players.
And there was some fantastic news for a former Claret too, Graham Alexander. Robin Van Persie won the Player of the Year, Kyle Walker, who three years ago was playing against Grezza in the play off final for Sheffield United, won the Young Player of the Year Award but it was Alexander who stepped up to receive the PFA's Merit Award.
On receiving the award he said: "To get recognition for what you have done in your career at any stage is great. I'm coming towards the end of my playing career and I'm privileged to be recognised by the people who I have played against for the last 20-odd years."
Congratulations to both Jay Rod and Grezza.
The Championship team named was: Kelvin Davies (Southampton), Nathanial Clyne (Crystal Palace), James Tomkins (West Ham), Curtis Davies (Birmingham), Ian Harte (Reading), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Pete Whittingham (Cardiff), Mark Noble (West Ham), Matt Phillips (Blackpool), Rickie Lambert (West Ham), Jay Rodriguez (Burnley).
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