Sidwell given top honours by FourFourTwo

By Mark Sugar
March 5 2005

Reading midfielder Steve Sidwell has been named the best player in the Football League by Four Four Two magazine.The former Arsenal player has impressed greatly since making the switch to the Madejski Stadium in January 2003 and looks set for the Premiership,with or without Reading as his club.


Former Arsenal and England U21 midfielder Steve Sidwell has been named the best player in the Football League by Four Four Two magazine.

The tenacious player has been superb for the Royals since his 400,000 switch from Arsenal in January 2003 and has been linked with moves away to Celtic, Aston Villa, Rangers, Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic all keeping tabs on the star who looks set for big things in the game.

His team-mate Dave Kitson came in 32nd place after an impressive start to his Reading career which saw him rewarded with a new 3 and 1/2 year contract last week.

This poll once again demonstrates things aren't as bad as fans would suggest as the Royals make the short journey down the M4 today to face there hoops rivals QPR at Loftus Road.

Steve Coppell and his boys haven't won in the league since Boxing Day last year and desperately need the win.

Below is the list in full;

1 Steve Sidwell (Reading)
2 Nathan Ellington (Wigan Athletic)
3 Darren Bent (Ipswich Town)
4 Teddy Sheringham (West Ham)
5 Jason Roberts (Wigan Athletic)
6 Danny Gabbidon (Cardiff City)
7 Jimmy Bullard (Wigan Athletic)
8 Julio Arca (Sunderland)
9 Stuart Elliot (Hull)
10 Leighton Baines (Wigan Athletic)
11 David Healy (Leeds United)
12 Phil Jagielka (Sheffield United)
13 Lee Trundle (Swansea City)
14 Nigel Reo-Coker (West Ham)
15 Paul McKenna (Preston North End)
16 Curtis Davies (Luton Town)
17 Ade Akinbiyi (Burnley)
18 Andy Lonergan (Preston North End)
19 Aaron Lennon (Leeds United)
20 Leroy Lita (Bristol City)
21 Steve Howard (Luton Town)
22 John Halls (Stoke City)
23 Lee Johnson (Yeovil)
24 Nick Barmby (Hull)
25 Sam Parkin (Swindon Town)
26 Daniel Harding (Brighton and Hove Albion)
27 Phil Jevons (Yeovil)
28 Tom Huddlestone (Derby County)
29 Lee Camp (Derby County)
30 Paul Ince (Wolves)
31 Dean Windass (Bradford City)
32 Dave Kitson (Reading)
33 Steven Elliot (Sunderland)
34 Iain Hume (Tranmere Rovers)
35 Luke Steele (Coventry City)
36 Ryan Taylor (Tranmere Rovers)
37 Heider Helguson (Watford)
38 Leon Knight (Brighton and Hove Albion)
39 Sam MacLean (Sheffield Wednesday)
40 Nathan Clarke (Huddersfield)
41 Danny Webber (Watford)
42 Paul Furlong (QPR)
43 Darren Currie (Ipswich Town)
44 Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Rotherham United)
45 Paul Hayes (Scunthorpe)
46 John Ruddy (Cambridge)
47 David Vaughan (Crewe Alexandra)
48 Richie Wellins (Blackpool)
49 David Noble (Boston United)
50 Jamie Brooks (Oxford United)

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