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Wenger & Kane Awarded At London Football Awards 2015

Fri 6th Mar 2015 | Football Industry Events

London’s footballing heroes have been recognised at the annual London Football Awards on March 5. 

Arsène Wenger, Harry Kane and Mark Warburton were amongst those to accept their Awards on the night, alongside the unsung heroes of London football from Leyton Orient’s Coping Through Football community scheme. 

The Awards, hosted by Soccer AM’s Max Rushden, raised funds of £170,000 on the night for national charity, Willow. Former players and TV pundits Lee Dixon, Glenn Hoddle and Tony Cottee took part in a Q&A on the night.

Nominees for the Awards include, winners highlighted in bold:

London Player of the Year

  • Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
  • Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal)
  • Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea)
  • Diego Costa (Chelsea)
  • Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

London Manager of the Year

  • José Mourinho (Chelsea)
  • Sam Allardyce (West Ham)
  • Mark Warburton (Brentford)
  • Martin Allen (Barnet)
  • Neal Ardley (AFC Wimbledon)


London Goalkeeper of the Year

  • Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
  • Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
  • Robert Green (QPR)
  • Adrián San Miguel del Castillo (West Ham)


London Women’s Player of the Year

  • Ji So-Yun (Chelsea)
  • Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal)
  • Kelly Smith (Arsenal)

London Young Player of the Year (under-23)

  • Harry Kane (Tottenham)
  • Alex Pritchard (Brentford on loan from Tottenham)
  • Carl Jenkinson (West Ham on loan from Arsenal)
  • Ryan Mason (Tottenham)


London Community Project of the Year

  • The Charlton Athletic Community Trust
  • Coping Through Football (Leyton Orient)
  • Millwall Kicks



Arsène Wenger accepted the Outstanding Contribution to a London Club Award, saying "I've been very lucky in my life to work for such a great club. Football is something special".

Players and managers who attended the 2015 Awards include Arsenal: Arsène Wenger; Lee Dixon; Bob Wilson; Alan Smith; Brentford: Mark Warburton; Clive Pritchard; Chelsea: John Hollins; Crystal Palace: John Solako; England: Roy Hodgson; Fulham: George Cohen; QPR: Clive Wilson; Tottenham: Harry Kane; Jimmy Greaves; Ossie Ardiles; Martin Chivers; Glenn Hoddle; Pat Jennings; Cliff Jones; Gary Mabbutt; Watford: Luther Blissett; West Ham: Sir Geoff Hurst; Tony Cottee; Wimbledon: Adebayo Akinfenwaa.

Nominees for the awards were selected by an expert judging panel comprising; The Premier League head of public affairs, Tim Vine; talkSPORT presenters, Paul Hawksbee & Andy Jacobs; Soccer AM’s Max Rushden; Evening Standard chief football correspondent, James Olley; sports broadcaster, Jim Rosenthal; Sky Sports commentator, Dickie Davis; former Arsenal & Scotland goalkeeper, Bob Wilson; former Spurs & England players, Martin Chivers and Ledley King, former Wimbledon player; Stewart Castledine, former West Ham & England player; Tony Cottee, former England Women’s Coach, Hope Powell; Director of CSR at Professional Footballers’ Association, John Hudson; Marketing Director at the Football League, Drew Barrand and; Sports PR Specialist, Paul  Ridley.

The London Football Awards Hall of Fame includes: Sir Trevor Brooking (Lifetime Achievement Award 2013); Tony Carr (Willow Award 2014); Eden Hazard (Player of the Year 2014); Roy Hodgson (Lifetime Achievement Award 2014); Jimmy Greaves (Best Goal Scorer 2013); Pat Jennings (Bert Trautmann Goalkeeper Award 2014); Ledley King (Club Legend 2014); Gary Mabbutt (Willow Award 2013); Aaron Ramsey (Player of the Year 2014); Pat Rice (Outstanding Contribution to a London Club 2014); Bob Wilson (Willow Award 2013).

London Football Awards raised much needed funds for Willow – the only national charity working with seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.

Willow was founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper and sports presenter, Bob Wilson and his wife, Megs and in memory of their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged just 31. 

To date Willow has fulfilled more than 11,000 Special Days for young people living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, organ failure and Huntington’s.

To register your interest in the 2016 London Football Awards visit www.londonfootballawards.org or telephone Willow on 01707 259777.

For more information about Willow visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk

Image: Debbie Ram Photography

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 



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