The winners of the Sky Bet Fan of the Month Awards for February are:Sky Bet Championship: Ian English (Leeds United)
Leeds United fan Ian English has been named the Sky Bet Championship Fan of the Month for February.
Ian has followed Leeds United home and away, rarely missing a game, for 22 years. Ian has cerebral palsy and can only use his right arm and leg.
Ian said: “I am over the moon to receive the Sky Bet Fan of the Month Award. It was my friend Don who nominated me and I am extremely grateful he did.
“As I use a wheelchair it takes me a while to get ready for games. But Don and I are always on the road by 11.10am so that we can enjoy the pre-match build-up in The Centenary Pavilion bar at Elland Road.”
Leeds United captain Liam Cooper said: "Congratulations to Ian for winning the Sky Bet Championship Fan of the Month Award for February.
“This is a fitting reward for someone who travels up and down the country to follow us.
“The support Ian and all the Leeds fans give us, both at home and away, is massively appreciated by myself and all the lads."
Ian’s Sky Bet Championship predictions:
• Fulham 0 Leeds 2 – Alex Mowatt first goal scorer (80/1– subject to change)
• Blackpool 0 Leeds 4 – Alex Mowatt first goal scorer
• Leeds 2 Blackburn 0 – Luke Murphy first goal scorer
If Ian won the £250,000 Sky Bet Transfer Fund for Leeds he would buy Jermaine Beckford from Bolton Wanderers (currently on loan at Preston North End).
Sky Bet League 1: Kenny Jones (Oldham Athletic)
Oldham Athletic fan Kenny Jones has been named the Sky Bet League 1 Fan of the Month for February.
Kenny has followed the Latics for 55 years and prior to the start of this season had not missed a game for 11 years.
At the start of this season Kenny was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but he has continued to follow Oldham, home and away, missing just seven games.
The club arranged a birthday party on Saturday for Kenny, with many current and former players attending.
Kenny said: “It is fantastic that the club nominated me for the Award. When I was selected as the winner by the judging panel I thought it was a joke.
“I started following the club because of my father and grandad’s love of Oldham. I have taken on my grandad’s collection of programmes and managed to increase it to over a thousand.
“I have a lot of highlights from over the years. But when Sir Tom Finney arranged a lift home for me after we played Preston away stands out the most.”
Latics' commercial manager and supporter liaison officer Jenny Warburton said: “Kenny has supported the Latics through thick and thin for close on 55 years.
“Even now, during his illness, he will not let his team down and is there to support his beloved side.
“Kenny is the salt of the earth and deserves this recognition from Sky Bet for his dedication to Oldham Athletic.”
Kenny’s Sky Bet League 1 prediction:
Oldham 2 MK Dons 0 – Jonathan Forte first goal scorer (40/1– subject to change)
Crewe 0 Oldham 2 – Dominic Poleon first goal scorer
Oldham 1 Bristol City 0 – Mike Jones first goal scorer
Crawley 1 Oldham 1 – Goalkeeper Jake Kean first goal scorer
If Kenny was to win the £250,000 transfer fund he would buy former Oldham loanee Daniel Johnson from Preston North End!
Sky Bet League 2: Tom Beeson (Portsmouth)
Portsmouth fan Tom Beeson has been named the Sky Bet League 2 Fan of the Month for February.
After Portsmouth came from 2-0 down to beat Tranmere 3-2 in February, Tom was a happy Pompey fan. But when he realised the result meant his 50p 10-fold accumulator had come in and won him £6,600 he was over the moon!
Tom’s acca included seven Sky Bet Football League clubs – Portsmouth, Norwich, Sheffield United and Wednesday, Middlesbrough, Derby and Brentford.
Tom said: “It was a mad last 10 minutes with Pompey scoring three late on, Norwich and Bristol Rovers scoring late and Millwall’s last-minute winner.
“I have been saying to my partner Jenna for years that sooner or later a big one will come in, and the winnings have allowed us to pay for a family holiday.
“I am delighted to receive the Sky Bet Fan of the Month Award and be Pompey’s first winner. I have supported the club since my dad first took me in 1991. I got the bug and had a season ticket for 10 years before children brought an end to that.”
Portsmouth manager Andy Awford said: “Congratulations to Tom on winning this Award and I'm glad our result won him a lot of money.
“It has completed a successful few weeks for us – Manager of the Month, Player of the Month and now Fan of the Month!”
Tom’s Sky Bet League 2 prediction:
• Wimbledon 2 Portsmouth 2 – Matt Tubbs first goal scorer (80/1 – subject to change)
• Portsmouth 1 Shrewsbury 0 - Ryan Taylor first goal scorer
• Carlisle 0 Portsmouth 1 – Matt Tubbs first goal scorer
If Tom won the £250,000 Sky Bet Transfer Fund for Portsmouth, he would buy Marc Richards from Northampton Town.