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Heaton Nominated For Player Award

Clarets' captain, physio Ally Beattie and Community in running for NW Awards

16 October 2017

Tom Heaton is in the running to be named Premier League Footballer of the Year at the Northwest Football Awards.

And Clarets’ head physiotherapist Ally Beattie has also been nominated for an award after being short-listed for the Fabrice Muamba Award for Outstanding Service to Football Medicine and Science.

Clarets’ goalkeeper and captain Heaton has earned his place on the players’ shortlist following a public vote, which has now closed.

Heaton now goes up against Everton midfielder Tom Davies, Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, Manchester City play-maker David Silva and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane for the prize, which will be announced and presented at the 10th Northwest Football Awards at the Old Trafford cricket ground on Monday, 13 November.

Ally Beattie previously worked for Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City 

England international Heaton enjoyed an outstanding season in the top-flight in 2016/17 as he helped Burnley maintain their Premier League status.

The 31-year-old – currently recovering from a dislocated shoulder – kept 10 clean sheets as Sean Dyche’s side finished 16th and secured back-to-back campaigns in the top flight for the first time since 1975.

Beattie – who has headed up the medical department at Turf Moor since 2010 – has been short-listed alongside Dr Ian Irvin of Everton and Grant Downie of Manchester City’s Academy for the award given in the name of former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Muamba, who suffered a heart attack while playing in an FA Cup tie at Tottenham in 2012.

Also nominated for an award is Burnley Football Club in the Community as the Premier League’s Community Club of the Year, along with Everton, Liverpool and Manchester City.

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