Former Preston North End Kevin Davies was presented with the Sir Tom Finney Award at the Football League Awards in Manchester.
It was renamed permanently in honour of North End legend Sir Tom in 2014, the league proud to honour his memory by presenting the award to players who have shown loyalty, commitment and professionalism in their careers.
Davies made 820 appearances in a career which ended last summer, his final game being as a substitute in PNE’s 4-0 win over Swindon in the League One play-off final at Wembley.
He played 90 times in two seasons with Preston, scoring his 150th career goal in last season’s victory over Coventry at Deepdale.
The most prestigious time in his career was a 10-year stay at Bolton in which he scored 85 goals in 407 appearances.
During his time with the Trotters, he won an England cap.
Receiving the award, Davies said: “It is a huge honour to accept the Sir Tom Finney Award.
“I would like to thank The Football League for the accolade and also all the clubs that I had the pleasure of playing for.
“After making my debut for Chesterfield at the age of 16 I would never have believed that I would go on playing for the next 22 years.
“To win the Sir Tom Finney Award is particularly special for me.
“He was a true legend and fantastic ambassador of the game.
“To be associated to such a special player gives me an enormous sense of pride particularly as my last professional game was for Preston North End gaining promotion at Wembley.”
Shaun Harvey, chief executive of the Football League, said: “The Football League is delighted to present Kevin Davies with the Sir Tom Finney Award.
“Not only was Sir Tom a fantastic player but he was also a gentleman and a role model.
“This award acknowledges someone who follows in his footsteps and it couldn’t go to someone more deserving than Kevin Davies.
“In his career, Kevin became one of the most respected professionals in English
football, displaying both great skill and dignity.
“I’m sure Sir Tom would have been delighted that a former Preston North End player is to receive this accolade”