The awards and accolades were made during the Football League awards ceremony in Manchester on Sunday night.

Friend was nominated for his tireless work with the MFC Foundation and beyond, in particular his leading role in a fundraising calendar which helped raise over £12,000 in a short space of time with funds going towards the families of steelworkers who lost their jobs with the closure of the Redcar works.

The full-back puts in hours on unseen work in the Teesside community, supporting causes and projects.

Unsurprisingly George, who was not at the awards ceremony as he prepares for Tuesday's game at Burnley, played down his role: "I am thrilled and very humbled by this award and thank everyone concerned.

"There are a lot of people who put in a lot of work at the club and at the Foundation and this award is recognition of the tireless work they put in. I'm delighted to be able to help where I can.

"Teesside is a very proud area with proud people and I am very proud to be a part of it." 

Making up the top three were Danny Grainger (Carlisle United) and Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

On a good night for Boro, two Boro players were named in the Football Managers Football League Team Of The Season.

Further congratulations were offered to George Friend, while fellow defender Daniel Ayala was also included in the team.

Former winners Boro just missed out in the Family Club of the Year awards, but we offer warm congratulations to this year's winners Fulham who do great work.