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Davies wins Welsh football gong

Simon Davies
Simon Davies won the Welsh Player of the Year award in 2002

Stand-in skipper Simon Davies has been named Welsh Footballer of the Year at the Welsh FA awards dinner in Cardiff.

The Fulham midfielder, who won his 50th cap this year, won the accolade for the second time in his career in Tuesday's Millennium Stadium ceremony.

Tottenham Hotspur's teenage full-back Chris Gunter, winner of eight caps, won the Young Player of the Year prize.

Joe Ledley, inspirational in Cardiff City's FA Cup final adventure, won the Club Player of the Year award.

"It is a massive surprise," Davies told BBC Sport.

"I honestly did not see that coming but I am delighted as it is one of the greatest honours of my career.

"I have been frustrated at time with my performances for Wales because I have been playing well for Fulham and scoring goals.

"But I haven't scored as many as I'd like for Wales and that is why I'm surprised to win this honour but it is nice that people have recognised what I do., hopefully I can do more in the future.

"I have loved every minute of being captain and proud to stand in for Craig who is a great skipper."

Wales boss John Toshack gave Davies the captain's armband in Craig Bellamy's absence and the 28-year-old midfielder was instrumental in Fulham's dramatic escape from Premier League relegation last season.

Bellamy is expected to be captain for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein in Cardiff.

see also
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