Football League Top 50 Players: How it works

The FourFourTwo Top 50 is, in essence, a vote by the fans for the fans.

It is the chance for the loyal supporters of the 72 Football League clubs to show their appreciation and recognition for the players they see doing the business week in, week out, at their own club and beyond.

Voting was compiled via FourFourTwo.com over a two-month period and from that, the Top 50 began to emerge.

But to ensure some form of parity, knowing that fans of Newcastle and Leeds, for instance, far outweigh those of Macclesfield and Accrington, players and managers throughout the three divisions were also asked for their top five players, but with the instruction that they could not select players from their own club.

Media pundits from the national press, TV and radio also gave us their input and all votes were added up to give us the definite Top 50.

Loan players from outside the Football League could not be included, nor are players who left the Football League in the January transfer window, hence the omission of Watford’s Tom Cleverley, Nottingham Forest’s Radoslaw Majewski, former Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson and ex-Crystal Palace forward Victor Moses.

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