West Ham trio Dimitri Payet, Slaven Bilic and Adrian, alongside the Moore Family Foundation project, have been nominated for awards at the 2016 London Football Awards, which won’t come as a surprise to many.
Following an incredible season for the Hammers so far, the awards evening could see West Ham collect three of the eight awards on offer.
Slaven Bilic, who has silenced his early season doubters by turning us in to contenders for a top six finish in the Premier League, is up against Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino and Quique Sánchez Flores for Manager of the Year, while Dimitri Payet and Adrian have been nominated for Player and Goalkeeper of the Year respectively. The Moore Family Foundation Project is shortlisted for the London Community Project of the Year Award.
The nominations are welcome tip of the hat to West Ham’s success this season, which has seen us record famous victories against Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool (three times!) and Chelsea, while also enjoy an exciting run in the FA Cup.
Additionally, the Awards will also mark the 50th anniversary of West Ham’s 1966 World Cup win, and Sir Geoff Hurst will be in attendance on the night. A range of memorabilia from the ’66 World Cup campaign will be on display, including the match ball Hurst scored his hat-trick in the final with.
The awards evening, which will be held at Battersea Evolution, London, on 3 March and hosted by Sky Sports’ Max Rushden, will be raising funds for national charity – Willow.
London Football Awards will raise much needed funds for Willow – a national charity that provides unique and positive Special Days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds. 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 12,000 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 Disease.
Standard tickets to the London Football Awards, including pre-dinner drinks and a three course meal, cost £200 per person. Tables of ten are available for £2,000, Premium tables cost £3,000 and Legend Tables (for ten guests plus a legend) cost £5,000.
For more information about Willow visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk