Spurs forward Harry Kane and English Football League clubs Queens Park Rangers, Brentford and Fulham triumph at London Football Awards
PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 March 2018
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Current and former football stars attending the event at Battersea Park which raises funds for the charity Willow - founded by Bob Wilson and his wife Megs
Harry Kane and the EFL Clubs were triumphant at this year’s London Football Awards on Thursday evening at Battersea Evolution.
Fulham’s teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon scooped two awards, including Young Player of the Year while Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley beat the Premier League’s ‘big guns’ to win a trophy on the night.
Queens Park Rangers’ community team also received a standing ovation for their work on #Game4Grenfell.
Man of the moment, Kane was awarded the much coveted 2018 Premier League Player of the Year award and the prestigious awards ceremony was hosted by BBC presenter, Mark Chapman.
In its fourth year, the London Football Awards, sponsored by Toscafund, raises funds for the charity Willow – the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Specials Days.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter, Bob Wilson OBE and his wife, Megs founded the charity in 1999 as a lasting memorial to their daughter Anna, who died of cancer aged 31.
This year’s winner of the Outstanding Contribution to London Football (sponsored by Weston Homes), was former West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Arsenal striker, Ian Wright MBE, who collected his Award from Mark Bright on the night.
“I came to the game late; I was 22 and retired when I was 36. I’m now 54 and it’s taken me this long to win an award,” said Wright.
“Seriously though, this London Football Award, which comes from Bob Wilson’s charity, Willow, means more to me than anything in the world.”
He then gave special thanks to his former Crystal Palace team-mate, Mark Bright, adding: “I remember when I came in as a Sunday morning player; it was Mark Bright who taught me how to be a professional.
“I am up here simply because of the guiding light that Mark has been on my football career and he has to get some credit for that.”
Winners of the Awards, plus all nominees and presenters were:
Premier League Player of the Year (sponsored by Toscafund)
Winner - Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur
Presented by Gary Mabbutt
César Azpilicueta – Chelsea
Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur
Heung-Min Son – Tottenham Hotspur
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace
Manager of the Year (sponsored by Football Manager)
Winner - Roy Hodgson – Crystal Palace
Presented by Lennie Lawrence
Emma Hayes – Chelsea Ladies
Slaviša Jokanović – Fulham
Neil Harris – Millwall
Mauricio Pochettino – Tottenham Hotspur
EFL Player of the Year (sponsored by Corney & Barrow)
Winner - Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham
Presented by Bobby Zamora
Josh Clarke – Brentford
George Saville – Millwall
Romaine Sawyers – Brentford
Alex Smithies – Queens Park Rangers
Goalkeeper of the Year (sponsored by Frogmore)
Winner - Daniel Bentley – Brentford
Presented by Bob Wilson OBE
Adrián – West Ham United
Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea
Heurelho Gomes – Watford
Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur
Women’s Player of the Year (sponsored by Coutts)
Winner - Jordan Nobbs – Arsenal Women
Presented by Kelly Smith MBE
Millie Bright – Chelsea Ladies
Danielle Carter – Arsenal Women
Katie Chapman – Chelsea Ladies
Fran Kirby – Chelsea Ladies
Young Player of the Year (under-23) (sponsored by Zeus)
Winner - Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham
Presented by Sol Campbell
Andreas Christensen – Chelsea
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Arsenal
Davinson Sánchez – Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Winks – Tottenham Hotspur
Community Project of the Year (sponsored by the FA)
Winner - QPR in the Community Trust – #Game4Grenfell
Presented by David Seaman MBE and Danny Jones
AFC Wimbledon Foundation – AFC Wimbledon Women and Girls
Brentford Community Sports Trust – The Fearless Foundation’s Journalism Project
Along with Ian Wright, other nominees and winners attended the 2018 ceremony, including: Ryan Sessegnon, Roy Hodgson, Daniel Bentley, Jordan Nobbs, Slaviša Jokanović, Josh Clarke and Romaine Sawyers.
Other current and former players who attended the 2018 London Football Awards include: AFC Wimbledon: Dave Beasant, Lawrie Sanchez; Arsenal: Sol Campbell, Jordan Nobbs, David Seaman, Alan Smith, Kelly Smith, Bob Wilson, Ian Wright, Rachel Yankey; Brentford: Josh Clarke, Romaine Sawyers, Daniel Bentley; Chelsea: Paul Elliott, John Hollins, Ray Wilkins; Crystal Palace: Mark Bright QPR: Les Ferdinand, Andy Sinton. Bobby Zamora; Spurs: Jenna Schillachi, Martin Chivers, Cliff Jones, Gary Mabbutt; West Ham: David Moyes; and Kelly Simmons.
Willow Life President Bob Wilson said: “Once again this season, football in London – in the Premier League, the Football League and the Women’s game – has been dramatic and exciting.
“The London Football Awards is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the skills of our nominees, which we have seen on the pitches of the Capital over the last few months, as well as all the outstanding community work achieved by the clubs.”
Nominees and winners of the awards are selected by an expert judging panel from the worlds of football and media, from former players to major footballing bodies, and sports media, including Sky Sports, BBC, The Telegraph, Evening Standard and talkSPORT.
For more information visit www.londonfootballawards.org or telephone Willow on 01707 259777.
For more information about Willow visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk