Sports Journalist scores national award for Football Club Blog.

Website Creator Thomas Bradley (middle) and student Jake Beales-Hobson (Second from Right) receiving their Football Blogging Award.

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:25:00 GMT

A Sports Journalist from the University of Huddersfield has scooped a national award for the Best Football Club Blog.

Jake Beales-Hobson, who is in his second year, picked up the Football Blogging Award at a glittering ceremony in front of 700 invited guests at Old Trafford.

His blog “I’d Radebe Leeds” beat hundreds of others, including shortlisted entrants representing Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool.

The decision was made by a judging panel including the BBC’s Chief football reporter Phil McNulty and Sky Sports’ Kate Riley and Bianca Westwood.

Jake works on the Leeds United blog with the site’s creator Thomas Bradley. The pair took to the stage to receive their award, which was the main prize at the Football Blogging Awards.

Other notable winners on the night were Stan Collymore, who claimed the fans’ choice for ‘The Best Football Influencer’ and Sky Sports’ Guillem Ballague who picked up the judges vote for the same award.

Jake said: “ It was a brilliant night. I never thought we would come away as winners. It’s incredible to be part of this, I love what I do. It makes everything worthwhile.

“The next day we were sat around in Manchester and the former England and Manchester United star, Gary Neville, saw our award on our table and came over to ask us what it was about and congratulated us. I just can’t believe what a great feeling it is.”

Anthony Cooper, the founder of the Football Blogging Awards, said: “The winners thoroughly deserve this recognition for the total dedication to their craft and their love of the game. We hope the awards encourage football fans to continue blogging, or start up new blogs, because they are the heart and soul of football.”

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