Nominations for London Football Awards 2018 announced
PUBLISHED: 07:30 06 February 2018
Spurs, Arsenal, West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers received nomination in the seven different categories
Football heavyweights have scored nominations at this year’s London Football Awards.
Harry Kane leads the list of three Spurs players up for Premier League Player of the Year alongside Christian Eriksen & Heung-Min Son, with teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon in contention for both Young and EFL Player of the Year.
Roy Hodgson and Emma Hayes are vying for Manager of the Year, amongst other nominees. The winners of the eight awards will be announced at the prestigious event, hosted by Mark Chapman, at London’s Battersea Evolution on March 1, 2018.
In its fourth year, the London Football Awards, sponsored by Toscafund, raises funds for former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter, Bob Wilson OBE and his wife, Megs’ charity, Willow.
Willow is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.
The shortlist of nominees was agreed by an independent panel of judges and announced by sports presenter and LFA judge, Jim Rosenthal at the launch at Coutts’ historical head office in London on February 1.
Premier League Player of the Year (sponsored by Toscafund): César Azpilicueta – Chelsea, Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur, Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur, Heung-min Son – Tottenham Hotspur, Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace.
Manager of the Year (sponsored by Football Manager): Emma Hayes – Chelsea Ladies, Roy Hodgson – Crystal Palace, Slaviša Jokanović – Fulham, Neil Harris – Millwall, Mauricio Pochettino – Tottenham Hotspur.
EFL Player of the Year: Josh Clarke – Brentford, George Saville – Millwall, Romaine Sawyers – Brentford, Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham, Alex Smithies – Queens Park Rangers.
Goalkeeper of the Year: Adrián – West Ham United, Daniel Bentley – Brentford, Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea, Heurelho Gomes – Watford, Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur.
Young Player of the Year (under-23) (sponsored by Zeus): Andreas Christensen – Chelsea, Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Arsenal, Davinson Sánchez – Tottenham Hotspur, Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham, Harry Winks – Tottenham Hotspur.
Women’s Player of the Year (sponsored by Coutts): Millie Bright – Chelsea Ladies, Danielle Carter – Arsenal Women, Katie Chapman – Chelsea Ladies, Fran Kirby – Chelsea Ladies, Jordan Nobbs – Arsenal Women.
Community Project of the Year (sponsored by the FA): AFC Wimbledon Foundation – AFC Wimbledon Women and Girls, Brentford Community Sports Trust – The Fearless Foundation’s Journalism Project, QPR in the Community Trust – #Game4Grenfell.
This year’s winner of the Outstanding Contribution to London Football (sponsored by Weston Homes), is former West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Arsenal striker, Ian Wright MBE.
This prestigious award was previously presented to Frank Lampard, John Terry and Arsene Wenger.
Other past winners to have attended the Awards are Antonio Conte, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris, N’Golo Kante, Tom Cairney, Dimitri Payet, Moussa Dembele, Aaron Ramsey, Ledley King and Roy Hodgson, to name a few.
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.
“I’m looking forward to catching up with lots of friends and colleagues at this year’s London Football Awards on March 1.”
Nominees and winners of the awards have been 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.
Standard tickets to the London Football Awards, including pre-dinner drinks and a three course meal, cost £225 per person.
Tables of ten are available for £2,250, Premium tables cost £3,500 and Legend Tables (for ten guests plus a legend) cost £6,000.
For more information and booking visit www.londonfootballawards.org or telephone Willow on 01707 259777.
For more information about Willow visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk