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Wigan were left needing to win their final game of the season against Rochdale to take the Youth Alliance title as they went into that game a point behind Bury who had a superior goal difference.

It had looked a two horse race for much of the season and it was Wigan who took the title with a comprehensive 3-0 win.

Meanwhile, although it has been a very difficult season for Burnley at youth level, there was some good news for Tommy Wood (pictured) who was named youth player of the year in his first year at Turf Moor. It’s not often a first year scholar wins the award and he’s followed in the footsteps of Cameron Dummigan who won it three years ago in 2013 after an outstanding first season which saw him play in the FA Youth Cup ties at Manchester United and Manchester City.

Wood was released by Reading at the end of last season and, after a successful trial during which he scored a goal in a Youth Alliance game, he was offered a scholarship with the Clarets. He’s scored six goals during the season with only Josh Dolling on eight having scored more.

He said: “I’m a striker so naturally I want to score as many goals as possible. It’s nice to score a few goals this season, but I want to score more and be top scorer next campaign.”

The Final Table

Team pld w d l f a pts
Wigan Athletic 28 20 3 5 59 19 63
Bury 28 18 7 3 66 28 61
Walsall 28 15 5 8 54 31 50
Tranmere Rovers 28 15 4 9 49 34 49
Blackpool 28 12 8 8 51 36 44
Shrewsbury Town 28 13 5 10 41 32 44
Preston North End 28 13 3 12 42 42 42
Port Vale 28 10 7 11 33 33 37
Rochdale 28 10 6 12 40 44 36
Accrington Stanley 28 10 6 12 36 48 36
Fleetwood Town 28 10 6 12 33 51 36
Wrexham 28 9 6 13 44 55 33
Carlisle United 28 8 4 16 39 50 30
Burnley 28 6 2 20 33 68 20
Morecambe 28 4 2 22 29 78 14
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