West Ham defender is the Hammer of the Year
PUBLISHED: 23:50 06 May 2015
Aaron Cresswell picked up three awards on a night when West Ham also paid tribute to World Cup winner Martin Peters
West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell crowned a magnificent first season at Upton Park by picking up three awards at the Hammer of the Year awards night.
The 25-year-old, who joined the Hammers from Ipswich last summer was crowned as the Hammer of the Year and also lifted the Players’ Player of the Year Trophy and the Best Signing of the Year award to complete a remarkable night.
There were a host of other winners, including Reece Burke, Reece Oxford, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, but this was Cresswell’s night as he becomes the first left back to win the award since Stuart Pearce in 2001.
The club also paid tribute to World Cup winner Martin Peters, the Hammer of the Year back in 1965.
Peters was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award following in the footsteps of Sir Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds.
Here is a run down of the winners in each category:
BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE
Versatitlity is such an important asset these days and when you can play both in midfield and In the centre of defence, it is a vital asset to have.
Therefore it was fitting that CHEIKHOU KOUYATE’S display at the heart of the defence against Manchester United was the best individual performance of the season.
It was just such a shame that a last-minute equaliser prevented the Hammers gaining all three points.
The Senegal international beat off the efforts of fellow nominees Winston Reid against Liverpool, Aaron Cresswell against Newcastle, Stewart Downing against Stoke City and Mark Noble against Spurs.
BEST TEAM PERFORMANCE
The 3-1 win over Liverpool and the memorable FA Cup replay against Everton came close, but the 2-1 win over champions Manchester City won the prize for best team performance.
City certainly played their part in a superb game, but a goal in each half from Morgan Amalfitano and Diafra Sakho gave the Hammers a 2-0 lead, before David Silva’s goal brought a nervy last 10 minutes where West Ham clung on to a deserved victory.
It was the moment that West Ham announced themselves on the Premier League stage for the season. They went to Hull City on a Monday night and in a battling 2-2 draw, Enner Valencia hammered in a goal from 20 yards with hardly any back-lift to bring the West Ham fans to their feet.
Jussi Jaaskelainen made a couple of decent saves when coming on as a substitute at Southampton, but even he would admit that ADRIAN was always going to win the save of the season award.
But which of his saves was to be voted the top one?
In the end it was a repeat of his superb winning stop in 2014 when he denied Chelsea star Oscar in the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Like a piece of déjà vu, this time the top save was voted as Adrian’s save from Oscar in the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Boxing Day.
Signing of the season was perhaps the most difficult of the categories to choose from. Almost all the new boys to arrive at Upton Park in the summer hit the ground running.
Diafra Sakho arrived from France to score 12 goals in his opening season; Cheikhou Kouyate arrived from Anderlecht and immediately became a crowd favourite, while Carl Jenkinson and Alex Song arrived on loan and played important roles during the season. Enner Valencia also scored some goals and dazzled with his pace.
But having arrived from Championship side Ipswich Town for less than £4million, AARON CRESSWELL had a stunning first season at left back and played every minute of every league game.
DIAFRA SAKHO made an unprecedented start to his career in the Premier League with West Ham. Having arrived for £4million from French second division club Metz, he could easily have gone the way of Modibo Maiga.
But he scored on his first seven starts for the club, excelling with headed goals and finally reached a dozen for the season. Who knows what he would have managed had he managed to stay fit for the whole season.
YOUNG HAMMER OF THE YEAR
Perhaps this award was decided in the last couple of weeks, because it was then that winner REECE BURKE made his Premier League debut for the Hammers. Two clean sheets against QPR and Burnley have made it a fantastic start for the 18-year-old Newham boy and he beat off the challenge of Josh Cullen and Lewis Page to take the award.
DYLAN TOMBIDES ACADEMY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
There were three nominations for this award, but with all respect to Jahmal Hector-Ingram and Djair Parfitt-Williams who have come on leaps and bounds this season, there was only likely to be one winner.
REECE OXFORD is the captain of the England under-18 team as well as the under-17 team which is currently in Bulgaria preparing for the European Championship.
Oxford has been on the bench for the first team and it is only a matter of time before he makes his debut.
World Cup winner MARTIN PETERS became the third player to win the West Ham Lifetime Achievement Award.
With Sir Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds already recipients of the coveted award in the last two years, it was fitting that Peters was this year’s winner.
West Ham celebrated the 50th anniversary of their European Cup Winners’ Cup victory over TSV Munich just last weekend, where Peters played an important part.
And also it was 50 years ago that the 71-year-old Plaistow-born midfielder was voted the Hammer of the Year.
Peters scored 100 goals in 364 appearances between 1959 and 1970 and played in every position for the team, including in goal in one match!
In 1966 he scored in the World Cup Final as England beat West Germany 4-2 in extra time and with Geoff Hurst scoring the other three and captain Bobby Moore lifting the trophy, it began the legend that West Ham won the World Cup.
HAMMER OF THE YEAR
The big award of the night completed a hat-trick for defender AARON CRESSWELL. Up against the likes of Adrian, Cheikhou Kouyate, Diafra Sakho and Carl Jenkinson, the former Ipswich man earned the vote to round off a brilliant night both for him and for West Ham.