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RACE FOR THE FANS' PLAYER OF THE YEAR: The Second Division runners and riders

With just a week left to go to register your votes for the Official PFA Fan's Players of the Years, Shaily provides a low-down on the contenders for the Second Division award.


It's ironic to think that, after such an impressive campaign for Swindon, Mooney was actually considering retirement at the end of last season. A frustrating year at Birmingham saw Mooney farmed out to three different clubs on loan and the 31-year-old became disillusioned with game. However, a free-transfer move to Swindon in the summer served to rejuvenate Mooney's enthusiasm for the game and the experienced striker has forged a formidable attacking partnership with Sam Parkin. The form of the club's strike duo has become the driving force behind Swindon's promotion bid this season and Mooney, who won the Player of the Month award for September, has scored 20 goals this term.


Cooke has been one of the shining lights in what has been a disappointing campaign for the Owls. A traditional old-fashioned winger, he is at his best when running at defenders and supplying crosses into the opposition's penalty box. The 27-year-old, who won the award in October, began his career at Manchester United, before making the short journey across Manchester to join neighbours City after a successful loan spell in 1999. Cooke has also worn the colours of Birmingham, Sunderland, Wrexham, Wigan and Grimsby, as well as winning four international caps for the England at Under 21 level.


Vale signed McPhee from Coventry City two years ago, after watching him during a loan spell at Scottish club St Mirren. Despite finding the net just three times last term, this season has been a totally different story with the young Scot scoring 22 times already, a return that has had a major bearing on Vale's push for a play-off spot. The 22-year-old, an award winner in November, has always been held in high regard by the staff at Vale Park and this season has seen McPhee's talents come to the fore in spectacular fashion. Having nurtured his talents over the last couple of years, it remains to be seen if Vale can hold onto their prize asset this summer.


Having arrived at Loftus Road from London rivals Brentford, when his contract expired at the end of last season, Rowlands has quickly established himself as a first team regular in Ian Holloway's side. The 25-year-old began his league career at Griffin Park after signing from non-league Farnborough for £45,000 in 1998, and the attacking midfielder has pitched in with some vital goals for promotion-chasing Rangers this season. A versatile player, who can play in a number of different positions, Rowlands has been used chiefly on the right flank this term and a string of impressive performances led to him winning the award in December.


Forbes joined the Hatters in July 2001, after signing from Norwich City for £65,000. The pacy midfielder soon became a firm favourite with the Kenilworth Road faithful, but a cruciate knee injury saw the 25-year-old sidelined for much of last season. However, Forbes has made an outstanding comeback this year, scoring 14 goals in just 24 matches for Mike Newell's men. Able to operate out wide or as an orthodox striker, Forbes' consistent displays have not gone unnoticed by the fans, who voted him Player of the Month in January.


Bournemouth have enjoyed an impressive return to the Second Division after last season's play-off triumph. Indeed the Cherries are currently lying in sixth position, and still in with a great chance of securing a play-off spot. Sean O'Driscoll's side have been difficult to beat throughout the campaign and the form of goalkeeper Neil Moss has been instrumental in the club's fine season thus far. Moss began his career at Bournemouth in 1993, before moving to south coast neighbours Southampton for £250,000 in 1995. Moss won the Player of the Month award for February, during which the 29-year-old kept four clean sheets in five games.


After winning 11 consecutive games to take them to the top of the table, Bristol City then hit a slump before reviving their automatic promotion drive with a win against QPR at Ashton Gate last Saturday. Midfielder Tommy Doherty graduated through the ranks of the club he supported as a boy, and his combative displays in the middle of the park have made him a great favourite in the red and white half of Bristol. The locally-born playmaker wears the captain's armband with great pride, and he is sure to be a central figure for the Robins during the crucial last month of the season. Doherty, who won the award last month, was first capped by Northern Ireland last season and has been a regular in the international set-up ever since.


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Guest bristolbred

Voted with pleasure for my wife's favorate player!! :P

I prefer Charlotte King myself!! :sub:

COME ON YOU REDS!!! ( ladies team included!).

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Guest eaglet123

Parkin / Mooney have had great seasons and will again show this afternoon what they are about against what is recognised as a poor defence.

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