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EFL Goal of the Season shortlist revealed – six contenders for 2021/22

The much anticipated EFL Goal of the Season shortlist is revealed – there are six contenders for 2021/22 with everyone picking a favourite.

Four of the nominees are from the Championship, the other two are from League One, and League Two doesn’t feature at all.

It comes a week after the English Football League announced the full list of shortlists, something which can be viewed HERE.


The shortlist for the 2022 EFL Goal of the Season Award has been revealed, with the accolade set to be hotly contested between six outstanding strikes.

The nominees are as follows:

  • Cole Stockton – MORECAMBE v AFC Wimbledon
  • Alex Mowatt – Cardiff City v WEST BROM
  • Bersant Celina – IPSWICH TOWN v Crewe
  • Andre Gray – Derby County v QPR
  • Ben Wilmot – STOKE CITY v Preston North End
  • Barry Bannan – MK Dons v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Morecambe marksman Stockton’s outstanding effort against Wimbledon lobbed the keeper from around 45 yards with little more than a glance in his direction, with the strike going down as just one of a collection of impressive goals from the League’s joint leading scorer this season.

Similarly, West Bromwich Albion midfielder Mowatt also has a knack for only rippling the net with spectacular strikes, proving that theory once again when he took aim from outside the area against Cardiff, with his first-time effort all but sealing the points against the Bluebirds.

It was no surprise to see Kosovan international Celina’s strike against Crewe named the divisional Goal of the Month winner, and the Ipswich loanee has also been nominated for the Goal of the Season. The control, the footwork and the finish made the strike a worth candidate.

QPR attacker Gray sent the travelling Hoops contingent wild with his 90th-minute decider against the Rams, and what a way to snatch the win/ The striker collected the rebound after the ball collided with the post and, with his back to goal, juggled the ball out of his feet and struck from close range.

Stoke midfielder Wilmot netted his first goal for the Staffordshire side in style, with his long-range effort introducing him to the Potters faithful. And, despite the score-line, it was an evening to remember for their summer signing.

Concluding the shortlist, Owls skipper Barry Bannan, who is also up for the division’s Player of the Season, made a late play for the prize with his effort against promotion rivals MK Dons. The number 10’s strike could be crucial in the bid for a top six finish.

The EFL judging panel will vote for the winning goal, announced at Sunday’s 2022 EFL Awards. Supporters can follow the action live on the Sky Sports app from 7pm.

This season’s highly anticipated EFL Awards will be available to watch live and for free on the Sky Sports app on Sunday evening.

Hosted by Sky Sports presenters Bela Shah and David Prutton, the Awards will be streamed on the app from 7pm, live from the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Celebrating the EFL season both on and off the pitch, the Awards are split into three sections, with the approximate timings as follows:

  • 7pm – Community Awards
  • 8:40pm – Club Awards
  • 10pm – Football Awards        

Supporters will be able to watch the evening’s entertainment unfold as either Aleksandar Mitrović, Harry Wilson or Dominic Solanke will be named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season.

Mitrović’s remarkable 40 goals have already fired Fulham back to the Premier League. The Serbian has been assisted regularly by team-mate and Welsh wizard Wilson, who has racked up double figures for goals and assists to help Fulham return to the top flight. Meanwhile, leading the line with his speed, strength and intelligence, Bournemouth’s Solanke has 26 Championship goals to his name and is also a contender.

In Sky Bet League One, midfielders Scott Twine and Barry Bannan are up against Rotherham United striker Michael Smith for the Sky Bet Player of the Season award.

In Sky Bet League Two, Forest Green Rovers have two players in contention in Kane Wilson and Matty Stevens, whilst Newport County’s goalscoring machine Dominic Telford completes the list.

The EFL Young Player of the Season will be given out divisionally for the first time, with Nottingham Forest duo Brennan Johnson and Djed Spence on the Championship shortlist alongside the talented Fulham youngster Fabio Carvalho.

The season’s most spectacular strike will also be recognised in the award for Goal of the Season.

Three Football Manager Teams of the Season will be announced on the night, with a manager and starting XI chosen for each individual division.

The League’s two most prestigious awards, the Contribution to League Football and Sir Tom Finney Award, will also be presented on the evening.

In addition, Clubs will be commended for their work off the pitch, with the Your Move Community Club of the Season set to be announced alongside the Community Project of the Season and PFA Player in the Community. 

New for 2022, the EFL will also be presenting Diversity and Sustainability Awards alongside the Kin + Carta Family Club of the Season and Supporter of the Season. 

Twitter users reacted with the EFL Goal of the Season shortlist revealed…

@richardfallan: Dear me. You’ve got @cstockton94 3rd best strike in the list. He’s got two better than that! After his snub for the player of the season. Hardly a shock

@BarnacleRed: Three of these worthy of a nomination for final 6. Celina (winner, what a way to bring down a long ball before launching his shot), Wilmot and Bannan. The entry for Stockton isnt even his best goal this season. QPR goal was against basket cases so doesnt count.

@SimpsonsNffc: Gone a bit early on this. There’s still 2 weeks of the season left. We’ve got 5 games!

@MightBeBray: Colback and Spence both absolutely robbed here. Our last goal against West Brom was Barca stuff, 37 passes no less

@BenGittins: Celina is so far clear of the rest. All amazing, but that touch and the precision of the shot 👌🏻 type of goal Hoddle would have scored and won GOTY for.

@juancl78: Celina’s goal should win this. Outstanding touch and technique

@Daniel_Adey: Mowatt for me, absolutely ridiculous technique

@dingdinghopkin: How is colbacks goal not in this?? 😂😂😂

@stevencarlin23: Another agenda

@Lucas_McGregor: How on earth isn’t Malones goal vs Hull in this outstanding finish

@AlexMorley1: Alex Mowatt’s should be ruled out for the commentary using “tekkers”

@_joshjb: No Spence, Cobalt, MGW, or baldock (who’s fifa said was a puskas contender)

@J0E________: Celina all day for me

@BellersTheBlade: George Baldock’s goal vs Swansea must have got chalked off then without me realising. Silly me

@alexquantock: JUSTICE FOR COLBACK #nffc

@ElganRhys28: That’s not even Cole Stockton’s best goal of the season.

@chrisjw27: Guess Ben Worman’s goal up at Morecambe was in a different sport then?

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