Afolayan Named Player of the Year

Dapo Afolayan was crowned Wanderers’ Player of the Year on a fabulous night at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Afolayan topped the supporters’ vote to take the prize sponsored by Franking Sense – who were also the official sponsors of the 2021/22 End of Season Awards.

The forward also collected the top scorer award for his 14 goals to cap a memorable campaign.

“It feels amazing. To win top goalscorer and player of the year means everything to me. It’s something I’ll cherish,” said Afolayan (pictured top with Julian and Daniel Gilbert of Franking Sense).

“I can’t thank the fans enough. They feel like they’ve got their club back and that’s one thing we wanted to do this year – give them something to cheer about and something to look forward to and I think they have that now.”

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Afolayan just pipped Ricardo Almeida Santos to the fans’ award but Santos was named as Players’ Player of the Year – sponsored by Eventura.

“I’ve got to give big thanks to my team. I couldn’t do it without them and the support of the fans and the gaffer and his staff,” said the Whites’ captain.

Defender George Johnston was named as Young Player of the Year – sponsored by the University of Bolton – following an outstanding first season with Wanderers.

And January signing Dion Charles won the fans’ vote for goal of the season for his stunning winner at Shrewsbury Town.

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Team performance of the season – sponsored by datatek ­­– was awarded for Wanderers’ record-breaking 6-0 home win over Sunderland, with manager Ian Evatt’s backroom staff going up to collect the prize.

Off the pitch, striker Amadou Bakayoko received the award as community champion, along with long-serving Bolton Wanderers in the Community staff member Geoff Williams, sponsored by Carrs Pasties.

And retiring club secretary Simon Marland was given a Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by the Bolton Wanderers’ Supporters Trust – after 40 years of outstanding service to Wanderers.


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