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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

Bob Wilson arriving at the London Football Awards 2018 on March 1, in aid of national charity, Willow (pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images).

Bob Wilson arriving at the London Football Awards 2018 on March 1, in aid of national charity, Willow (pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images).

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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

Les Ferdinand arriving at the London Football Awards 2018 on March 1, in aid of national charity, Willow (pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images). Les Ferdinand arriving at the London Football Awards 2018 on March 1, in aid of national charity, Willow (pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images).

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.”

Jordan Nobbs arriving at the London Football Awards 2018 on March 1, in aid of national charity, Willow (pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images). Jordan Nobbs arriving at the London Football Awards 2018 on March 1, in aid of national charity, Willow (pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images).

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

Nominees:

César Azpilicueta – Chelsea

Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur

David Moyes arriving at the London Football Awards 2018 on March 1, in aid of national charity, Willow (pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images). David Moyes arriving at the London Football Awards 2018 on March 1, in aid of national charity, Willow (pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images).

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

Nominees:

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

Nominees:

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

Nominees:

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

Nominees:

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

Nominees:

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

Runners up:

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

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