West Ham United 2012/13 Awards Dinner in aid of the Academy

11.00pm  - That's it for tonight. Thanks for sharing a fantastic evening with us.

10.50pm  - Now the Hammer of the Year sponsored by Alpari (UK) will be announced.

It's Winston Reid! The defender has beaten off competition from Jussi Jaaskelainen in second and third placed Mohamed Diame to land the prestigious award.

10.45pm  - It's time for a very special award...Billy Bonds is the recipient of the Club's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more about it here.

10.35pm  - Auctioneer Jonny Gould is back on stage inviting bids for our fantastic lots, and we'll be back shortly with the big one...Hammer of the Year.

10.30pm  - Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold have picked Andy Carroll as their Player of the Year, and the big Geordie is now on stage to take the prize from S.14 (2012) Limited Director Michael Pryke.

The England striker, who joined the Hammers on a season-long loan from Liverpool last August, is currently the Club's joint top scorer with Kevin Nolan despite missing a large chunk of the campaign with injury.

Since returning to the fold in January, Carroll has been in sparkling form with six goals from his last eleven games.

With an important winner against Swansea City and crucial double against West Bromwich Albion amongst those strikes, his value to the Hammers is unquestioned.

10.25pm  - Higgins Group Chairman Richard Higgins now presents Mohamed Diame with his third award of the night after the Senegal international was chosen by supporters as the Signing of the Season.

Diame, a summer 2012 arrival from Wigan Athletic on a free transfer, took 42% of the vote to knock Andy Carroll into second. Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is third.

The 25-year-old's drive from midfield has been a real feature of the Hammers' play this season, and he has supplemented his 32 league appearances with three goals - a stunning effort against Manchester United which won the Goal of the Season prize, along with spectacular strikes against Arsenal and Chelsea.

Diame's arrival added to a squad fresh from their triumph in the Championship Play-Offs last term and he has certainly played a key role in the Hammers' successful return to top flight football.

10.20pm - The West Ham United first team squad have chosen defender Winston Reid as their Players' Player of the Year, and he collects his trophy from Ark Build Plc Managing Director Michael Finlay.

New Zealander Reid, who took over the captaincy of his national side this season, has shone in the heart of the Hammers' backline this season, only missing two Barclays Premier League fixtures through injury.

The 24-year-old's performances have been marked by their consistency - a fact recognised by his fellow players.

We've got some reaction to the prize from Winston's teammates.

Matt Jarvis: "He's been exceptional all season, a real rock at the back for us. He puts himself about on the pitch, diving around in front of all sorts to stop the ball going in the back of the net.

"He's a leader, pulling us all back into shape and making sure that everyone's doing their jobs. He leads by example."

Joe Cole: "He's solid, a proper centre half and I've been very impressed with him since I've come back. He's had a great season and deserves the award."

James Collins: "He's been bang on in every game, made very few, if any, mistakes and is a great lad to have around as well.

10.20pm  - The resounding winner of the fan vote for the Best Team Performance is the Hammers' memorable victory over European champions Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground.

The three goalscorers from the night - Carlton Cole, Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga - plus captain Kevin Nolan take to the stage to collect the award from Call Print Managing Director Steve Cheek.

Sam Allardyce's men roared back from a goal down to claim all three points in a storming second half against the Blues. Trailing to Juan Mata's early opener, West Ham were not overawed by the size of their task and left the west Londoners stunned.

Carlton Cole levelled on 63 minutes, getting up above Branislav Ivanovic to nod Matt Jarvis' cross home, and Mohamed Diame made it 2-1 four minutes from time with a fierce strike.

Modibo Maiga wrapped it up at the death, and it was this game that shone for the supporters, with 65% picking it as their standout performance. The 2-2 draw with Manchester United was second, while the early-season 3-0 win over Fulham was third.

10.16pm  - On to the second half of our awards for this evening and we are about to discover who the supporters have picked as the winner of Best Individual Performance - sponsored by Mulalley & Co Limited

Mohamed Diame collects his second trophy of the evening thanks to his match-changing performance in the 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground in December.

Diame, who won 49 per cent of the vote for his outstanding show against the Blues, receives his award from Mulalley & Co Limited Director Eamon O'Malley.

James Collins finished in second place with 18 per cent of the vote for his two-goal show in the 2-2 FA Cup with Budweiser third-round draw with Manchester United in January, while goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen came third with 17.8 per cent for his virtuoso display against Tottenham Hotspur in February.

10.15pm  - We're back with the next set of awards...

9.15pm - We've just caught up with Elliot Lee after he picked up the Academy Player of the Season award.

He told us: "Brilliant, I'm delighted. I couldn't be any happier. It has just capped off a great season and to get this at the end of the campaign is brilliant. I love scoring goals!"

2013 Awards Dinner

Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan receive their Top Goalscorer award sponsored by England Environmental Services and Southern Asbestos Services

9.00pm - That concludes the first set of awards, and the guests are now bidding for some fantastic auction prizes before they tuck into their deserts. We'll be back shortly with the next batch of awards. Remember we still have to crown this season's Hammer of the Year!

8.55pm - We are onto award number five and the winner, or rather winners, can again be safely predicted!

Captain Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll have been vying for the Top Goalscorer award, sponsored by England Environmental Services and Southern Asbestos Services, for much of the season.

The close friends have each netted seven goals, all in the Barclays Premier League, and are level pegging with two fixtures still to be played.

The pair, who both scored in the Mitchell Cole Benefit Match at Stevenage FC on Tuesday evening, join Directors John England and Peter Drayton on stage to collect their awards.

8.53pm - Tonight's fourth award is unquestionably the most predictable of the evening - Save of the Season, sponsored by Thomas Fredrick Willetts Foundation.

Jussi Jaaskelainen is the sole nominee, with five of the flying Finn's top stops being nominated for the award, which will be presented by Thomas Fredrick Willetts Foundation Board member and Trustee Raphael Sukaj.

All five saves were outstanding in their own way, but it is no surprise to learn that it was Jaaskelainen's amazing fingertip stop to deny Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale on 25 February that has won the day with 51 per cent of the vote.

The 38-year-old's reaction stop to push Romelu Lukaku's deflected free-kick onto the post against West Bromwich Albion in March ranked second with 21 per cent, while his full-length save to deny Wayne Rooney in the Barclays Premier League fixture at Manchester United in November was voted into third place with 14 per cent of the vote.

8.50pm - George Moncur, Sebastian Lletget and Dan Potts are the three players nominated by Academy Director Tony Carr MBE for our third award of the evening - Young Hammer of the Year, sponsored by Scan Print.

Midfielders Moncur and Lletget have been regulars for the Development Squad this season, amassing 50 Barclays U21 Premier League appearances and four goals between them, while defender Potts has continued his development by making six first-team appearances and enjoying a productive loan spell at League One club Colchester United.
Carr has selected Moncur as his Young Hammer of the Year, with the central midfielder impressing many with his strong all-round game.

The 19-year-old arrives on stage and is wearing a broad grin as he collects his award from Scan Print's Financial Director Paul Yelland and poses for photographs to mark his big night.

8.45pm  - Now it's time for our second award, which is Academy Player of the Year - sponsored by Shore Capital

Our second award this evening is Academy Player of the Year, sponsored by Shore Capital, with Academy Director Tony Carr MBE selecting prolific striker Elliot Lee, Republic of Ireland U19 attacking midfielder Kieran Sadlier and Development Squad left-back Frazer Shaw as his three nominees.

While Sadlier has finished as leading scorer for the Under-18s and Shaw has been promoted to the Club's Under-21s while still a scholar, it is no surprise to learn that Lee is the winner.

The young forward has enjoyed another prolific campaign, capped by a first-team debut in the FA Cup with Budweiser third-round replay at Manchester United in January.

Shore Capital Director Rupert Armitage is the man to present Lee with his award, with the 18-year-old beaming ear to ear as he receives his trophy.

8.40pm - The first award to be handed out is Goal of the Season - sponsored by Carbon Neutral Investments

Our first winner of the night is midfielder Mohamed Diame, who collects the Goal of the Season award from sponsor Carbon Neutral Investments' Managing Director Ed Carlton.

Diame had two nominations for the award - one for his individual strike against Arsenal in October and the other for his curling rocket against Manchester United in the 2-2 league draw at the Boleyn Ground in April.

And it is the Senegal captain's outstanding goal against the newly-crowned Barclays Premier League champions that has won the day, scooping 49 per cent of the vote.

Andy Carroll's superb controlled volley in the 3-1 home victory over West Bromwich Albion in March ranked second, receiving 25 per cent of the vote, while Diame's finish against the Gunners came third with 18 per cent.

8.35pm - We're just about to get the awards part of the evening underway!

7.10pm - The players and guests have arrived at the Grosvenor House Hotel here on London's Park Lane. The stage is set for what promises to be a thrilling evening, with 12 awards to be presented, capped by a Lifetime Achievement Award for the great Billy Bonds MBE and the crowning of the Hammer of the Year! We will keep you updated throughout the evening here on whufc.com and on our official twitter feed @whufc_official. You can also enjoy an exclusive Facebook gallery that we will be updating continually throughout the evening.

Awards Dinner

Good evening and welcome to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Park Lane for tonight's West Ham United 2012/13 Awards Dinner in aid of the Academy.

It promises to be another memorable event in Hammers history as Sam Allardyce's squad vie for most prestigious title in football - that of Hammer of the Year, sponsored by Alpari (UK).

With a total of 12 awards up for grabs, there will be plenty of reasons to celebrate as West Ham come to the end of a fine first season back in the Barclays Premier League.

Hammers legend Billy Bonds MBE, who was crowned Hammer of the Year himself on no fewer than four occasions, will be the recipient of the Club's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Locke Lord. Bonzo, of course, played nearly 800 times in claret and blue between 1967 and 1988 and later spent three seasons in the Boleyn Ground dugout as manager during the early 1990s.

We also already know that Jussi Jaaskelainen will take home the Save of the Season award, sponsored by Thomas Fredrick Willetts Foundation, while the Top Goalscorer award, sponsored by England Environmental and Southern Asbestos Services, will be shared - for now - by Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan.

However, there are nine other awards up for grabs, including the coveted Players' Player of the Year, sponsored by Ark Build PLC, Best Team Performance, sponsored by Call Print, and Best Individual Performance, sponsored by Mulalley and Company Limited.

We will have all the award winners as they are announced, complete with exclusive reaction and photographs on whufc.com, West Ham TV and on our official Facebook and twitter pages.

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