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Congratulations Billy Neil - our hero!

24 March 2013

We salute you 'Mr Millwall'

Millwall's very own Billy Neil has this evening been crowned Tokio Marine Unsung Hero at the Football League Awards ceremony.
Hugely popular Billy, or 'Mr Millwall' to his many friends and colleagues at The Den, was on a three-man short list alongside John Harriss (AFC Bournemouth) and Peter Rhoades-Brown (Oxford United), all of whom were nominated for their outstanding contribution to football.

Billy, who first joined The Lions in 1964 as a player, is still on the full-time staff at Millwall some 49 years later, an incredible achievement. 

The self-effacing Scotsman was joined at the awards night by his wife Christine, great friend and former team-mate Barry Rowan and Lions Chief Executive Andy Ambler.

He beamed: "I'm so proud to receive the award, but I can't quite believe it - they must have made a mistake!

Millwall is such a special club to me. I have been so fortunate to have played here, worked here in pretty much every job possible and made so many great friends.

This is a real honour, but there are so many unsung heroes at the club too working tirelessly behind the scenes. It's a really great club." 

There was, however, disappointment for Millwall midfielder Josh Wright whose stunning strike at Burnley was pipped for the title of Mitre Goal of the Season by Nottingham Forest's Simon Cox. 

This year's gala ceremony was held at The Brewery in London.

A host of Football League players, managers, chief executives and directors both past and present, attended the event which was hosted by BBC sports presenter Manish Bhasin.

The awards were as follows:

Fan of the Year - Neil Le Milliere (Exeter City)

Family Club of the Year - Cardiff City

LFE Apprentice of the Year League 2 - George Sykes (Barnet)

LFE Apprentice ofthe Year League 1 - Luke James (Hartlepool United)
LFE Apprentice of the Year Championship - Dimitar Evtimov
Football Manager Outstanding Managerial Achievement - Phil Parkinson (Bradford City)
Perform best use of digital - Swindon Town

Tokio Marine Unsung Hero - Billy Neil

Player in the Community - Inigo Calderon (Brighton & HA)

Capital One Credit to the Game - Graham Alexander

Mitre Goal of the Year - Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest)

Community Club - Charlton Athletic

Johnstones Paint Young Player of the Year - Tom Ince (Blackpool)

npower Player of the Year League 2 - Tom Pope (Port Vale)

npower Player of the Year League 1 - Matt Ritchie (AFC Bournemouth) 

npower Player of the Year Championship - Matej Vydra (Watford)

Contribution to League Football - Peter Shilton

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