WEST HAM UNITED 2013/14  PLAYER AWARDS
IN AID OF THE ACADEMY
TUESDAY 6 MAY 2014
GROSVENOR HOUSE, A JW MARRIOTT HOTEL


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West Ham United 2013/14 Player Awards

11.35pm - The Club's second recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Sir Trevor Brooking, reacts to his accolade:

Sir Trevor: "I'm delighted. It's great when you've got a lot of fans here, who really appreciate what you did in the past. They know that I'm still very fond of the Club and after 19 years of playing for them I've got some great memories. Nothing can take that away.

"I spoke to Bonzo, Billy Bonds, who got last year's award. Billy and I are good mates, we played together a lot. He said it was a great evening and it makes you realise how lucky you are to have had that career with a Club for so long." 

11.20pm - We're back! This time with some quotes from Hammer of the Year Mark Noble!

Noble: "It's been a tough season, but with the injuries we've had, we've not quite got what we deserved, but now we're 12th in the league. I've thoroughly enjoyed it. It's going to be nice to go up to Manchester City, give a good account of ourselves and then go on holiday. We've done well to get out of the position we were in at Christmas, and that's credit to the lads.

"I put my own season down to hard work and wanting to improve all the time. I just love coming into work and I think it shows.

"I support the Gaffer because I have played every single game under Sam since he has come and I've won two Hammer of the Year awards. The Gaffer has never asked me to boot it. I try to get on the ball and make us play as much as possible and that's what has happened."

11.05pm - Host Ben Shephard brings the event to a close. Thanks for joining us and congratulations to all our winners!

Here's a recap of who won what...

Hammer of the Year sponsored by Alpari FX Mark Noble
Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by ACL Sir Trevor Brooking
Signing of the Season sponsored by S14 VIP Ltd Adrian
Players' Player of the Year sponsored by Asmatt Mark Noble
Best Team Performance sponsored by Call Print 3-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (a), Barclays Premier League
Best Individual Performance sponsored by Ark Build Adrian v Chelsea (a), Barclays Premier League
Top Goalscorer sponsored by Mulalley Kevin Nolan
Save of the Season sponsored by Higgins Adrian from Oscar v Chelsea (a), Barclays Premier League
Young Hammer of the Year Sam Howes
Dylan Tombides Award Josh Cullen
Goal of the Season sponsored by Lookers Range Rover Essex Ravel Morrison

10.54pm - Now it's time for the big one - Hammer of the Year sponsored by Alpari...

Mark Noble is your Hammer of the Year, sponsored by Alpari FX, for the second time!

Noble follows in the footsteps of tonight's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sir Trevor Brooking, Sir Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore OBE, Billy Bonds MBE, Alvin Martin, Scott Parker, Julian Dicks and Steve Potts in becoming a multiple-time Hammer of the Year.

The 26-year-old midfielder has started all 37 of West Ham's Barclays Premier League games, scoring three goals and recording four assists. Undoubtedly the engine room of Sam Allardyce's side, Noble has attempted 1,926 passes in the league this season, directly creating more than 60 chances for his team-mates.

Playing in a more withdrawn role, most commonly alongside Kevin Nolan and Mohamed Diame, Noble has also put in 107 tackles, made 70 interceptions and blocked 16 opposition shots. A tireless worker, the No16 has run further than any other West Ham player this season.

Runner-up to Noble is goalkeeper Adrian, who burst into the Hammers side on a regular basis just before Christmas and has hardly looked back since.
The agile Spaniard has conceded just 25 goals in 19 Barclays Premier League matches since making his league debut at Manchester United on 21 December, keeping six clean sheets and producing a highlight-reel of splendid saves.

A summer capture from Real Betis, Adrian also helped West Ham to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, playing in wins over Cheltenham Town, Cardiff City, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur before producing another fine display in the semi-final first-leg defeat at Manchester City.

Third place in the voting went to centre-back James Tomkins, who took full advantage of injuries to his team-mates to enjoy a fine season at the heart of the Hammers back four.
The 25-year-old started eleven of West Ham's 14 Barclays Premier League clean sheets, forging strong partnerships with Winston Reid, James Collins and Roger Johnson.

10.44pm - That is the live auction completed for the evening. We congratulate all the winners and hope they enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experiences they have secured tonight! Thank you one and all - the funds raised will go towards producing the next great players to emerge from the West Ham United Academy.

To complete what has been a memorable night, the final two awards will now be presented - Hammer of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award

Sir Trevor Brooking is a true West Ham United great and he is recognised tonight for a career that spanned more than 600 games, 102 goals and 47 England caps.

It does not need me to tell you all that Sir Trevor is a more than worthy winner of the second annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

The gifted attacking midfielder spent virtually his entire professional career at the Boleyn Ground, making 647 first-team appearances and scoring 102 goals, including the winner in the 1980 FA Cup final. Sir Trevor was also voted Hammer of the Year an unrivalled five times.

Sir Trevor, who made his West Ham debut at 18 in 1967 and also won the FA Cup in 1975, earned 47 England caps, scoring for his country at Euro 1980 and appearing at the 1982 FIFA World Cup finals.

In April 2003, Sir Trevor took over for a brief but successful spell as caretaker manager, winning nine and losing just one of the 14 matches of which he took charge.

In August 2009, the Boleyn Ground's Centenary Stand was renamed the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand in his honour. An outstanding footballer and a true gentleman, Sir Trevor has contributed hugely to English football in recent years, holding a variety of roles within the Football Association and Sport England, among others.

He becomes the second recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, following in the footsteps of his long-time team-mate and two-times FA Cup winning captain Billy Bonds MBE, who was presented with the trophy in 2013.

Adrian

10.35pm - We've been talking to Adrian after he picked up a hat-trick of awards at the end of his first season with West Ham United. It's fair to say he's quite happy, particularly after taking a selfie with host Ben Shephard and the guests after picking up the Individual Performance of the Season award!

Adrian: "It's amazing for me. It's my first season here and the fans have voted for me for these awards. Chelsea was my best match but was not just me because all my team-mates made a really good match. That point was really important for us in the league, on reflection.

"I think this was like the match I played for Real Betis against Real Madrid last season, but I remember the Chelsea match well and it was better.

"My relationship with the fans is unbelievable. In a little time, it has become a special relationship. I made a smile for everyone by taking selfie with them!"

10.27pm - Next we conclude our live auction, then it's time for the final two awards!

10.22pm - The 2013/14 Signing of the Season, sponsored by S14 VIP Limited, is Adrian!

The agile Spaniard has conceded just 25 goals in 19 Barclays Premier League matches since making his league debut at Manchester United on 21 December, keeping six clean sheets and producing a highlight-reel of splendid saves.

A summer capture from Real Betis, Adrian also helped West Ham to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, playing in wins over Cheltenham Town, Cardiff City, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur before producing another fine display in the semi-final first-leg defeat at Manchester City.

A fans' favourite, the 27-year-old has also built up a close rapport with the Claret and Blue Army for his positive attitude, never-say-die approach and entertaining and engaging use of social media.

Second to Adrian came England winger Stewart Downing, who capped a decent season with his first goal for the Club in Saturday's 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, while third went to Andy Carroll.

10.15pm - The 2013/14 Players' Player of the Year, sponsored by Asmatt, is Mark Noble! The Club's longest servant takes the crown from Winston Reid, who topped last term's player vote.

Noble has started each and every Barclays Premier League clash this season, consistently producing the calibre of performance that helps the Hammers tick.

Here is what some of his team-mates had to say about the Canning Town-born midfielder.

Stewart Downing: "He's had a consistently good season. He's played well, week in, week out. He passes me the ball a lot. That helps! He's good to have around. Very vocal, obviously he can be serious when he needs to be and, on top of that, he's a very good player.

Winston Reid: "You know what you're going to get from him when he goes out onto the pitch and performs. He's a leader and the team can rely on him."

James Collins: "I think he's just been spot on, every game this year and probably for the last four or five years to be honest. He's probably the most consistent player we've had over the last couple of years and I think he deserves it.

"He's got a lot of experience and that shows in and around the training ground and on a Saturday. He's always one of our top performers. Good banter, good lad, he gets on with everyone. He is Mr West Ham, so it's probably deserved. He's a great lad and a terrific footballer."

10.11pm - West Ham produced a number of memorable displays through the course of the 2013/14 season, including three unforgettable victories over local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that one of those successes has been voted Best Team Performance, sponsored by Call Print.

The 3-0 Barclays Premier League win at White Hart Lane last October had absolutely everything.

After a resilient first-half display, West Ham maintained their clean sheet when Jussi Jaaskelainen made a fine save from former Hammer Jermain Defoe just after half-time.

The Hammers then took control, when first Winston Reid converted after his initial effort had been inadvertently blocked by Kevin Nolan.

Ricardo Vaz Te then latched onto Mark Noble's through ball before beating Hugo Lloris at the second attempt to make it 2-0.

To complete an amazing afternoon, Ravel Morrison collected Mohamed Diame's pass before streaking past Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen and clipping a finish over Lloris and into the net to send the Claret and Blue Army into a state of rapture.

The goalless draw at Chelsea in late January took second place in the voting, while third went to the 2-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final success over Spurs at White Hart Lane in December.

10.05pm - We're back with our next batch of awards...

The winner of the Best Individual Performance of the 2013/14 season, sponsored by Ark Build, was goalkeeper Adrian's unbeatable display in the vital goalless Barclays Premier League draw at Chelsea on 29 January this year.

At Stamford Bridge, the Spanish stopper helped the Hammers grab an unlikely point at Stamford Bridge with saves from Samuel Eto'o, Oscar, Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard, among others.

In all, Jose Mourinho's men unleashed 39 shots on Adrian's goal, but the goalkeeper, his team-mates and West Ham's 19th century football ensured a share of the spoils and set the platform for a perfect February.

Mark Noble took second place in the voting for his outstanding midfield display in the 2-0 win at Cardiff City in January, when he capped an all-action performance by scoring ten-man West Ham's late second goal.

Third was taken by Kevin Nolan for his two-goal show in the 2-0 home victory over Swansea City in February.

9.15pm - Kevin Nolan has given his reaction to winning the Top Goalscorer award for the second season in succession. Nolan is also determined that we will enjoy a better season in 2013/14. He bagged five vital goals in February and netted seven in total to lead the way.

Nolan: "I always say that the most pleasing aspect is that I have scored goals that contributed to massive wins and got us the three points. That's all that matters to me. I don't want double figures every year, I want figures that mean we get points on the board and I think all my goals have been really important this year, so I'm really happy.

"I think it was important in February. I went away and worked hard. Eamon Swift the fitness coach got hold of me and he just went to town, working me hard and when I came back I hit it. It just came together as it does sometimes and I was delighted if I'm honest. It was a great month and I'm delighted we got the points on the board as we did.

"I like to think I'm the best finisher in the Club, but that's my game. I give 110 per cent to the Club and have done since I've been here. We've got a great squad and great staff and, no matter what anyone has said over this past year and everything that's been thrown at us, I don't think any other Club would have been able to deal with it and stay up, but we have. It's a credit to the lads, a credit to the Gaffer and a credit to everyone who has been involved with us.

"It's a nice relief knowing we have another year to look forward to in the Premier League."

9pm - Wrapping up the first batch of awards is Top Goalscorer sponsored by Mulalley.

Sponsored by Mulalley, skipper Kevin Nolan is the Hammers' top marksman for the second successive season.

The Hammers captain is approaching 100 career league goals after another impressive campaign in front of the opposition net.

After netting in the opening-day win over Cardiff City and then in a 3-3 December draw with West Bromwich Albion, Nolan's seven goals came largely in a bunch this season.

The Hammers' No4 bagged five in just four matches in February - two against Swansea City, two at Aston Villa and another single strike in the home win over Southampton.

The 31-year-old has held off competition from Carlton Cole and Ravel Morrison, who bagged six and five goals respectively.

Having seen the first five awards being presented, we are now going to take a short break for the silent auction winners to collect their prizes and guests to enjoy their dessert, tea and coffee.

After that, we will see four more awards presented.

After a short hiatus for the second part of the live auction, it will be time for the main events of the night - the presentation of the second Lifetime Achievement Award and the crowning of the 2013/14 Hammer of the Year.

Adrian, Save of the Season



8.55pm - The awards are coming thick and fast, next is Best Save of the Season sponsored by Higgins...

It would come as no surprise to supporters that just two men were in the running this award - Jussi Jaaskelainen and Adrian!

Between them, the two goalkeepers have kept 14 Barclays Premier League clean sheets, setting the base on which Sam Allardyce's team have achieved safety for the second season in succession.

Aside from doing the basics well, both stoppers have, at times, been called upon to make truly spectacular saves to keep their goal intact - but which was the very best?

Well, you have voted your Save of the Season for 2013/14, sponsored by Higgins, to be Adrian's flying fingertip stop to divert a curling shot from Chelsea's Oscar onto the crossbar during the goalless Barclays Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge on 29 January!

Adrian also took second and third place in the voting for his outstanding stops from Norwich City winger Robert Snodgrass and Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.

8.52pm - Tony Carr remains on stage to present the Young Hammer of the Year award...

The 2013/14 Young Hammer of the Year, as named by Academy Director Tony Carr MBE, is promising goalkeeper Sam Howes.

Despite still being a schoolboy, 16-year-old Howes has this season become the U18s' first-choice stopper.

Tall, confident and blessed with outstanding handling ability, Howes helped the youth team to secure a place in Barclays U18 Premier League Play-Offs, while he has also played five times for Nick Haycock's Development Squad.

Capped by England at age-group level, the 16-year-old is currently with the England squad at the UEFA U17 European Championship finals in Malta.

First-year scholar and first-choice frontman Jordan Brown was a strong contender too, with schoolboy and centre-half Josh Pask the other man to narrowly miss out.

Again, Academy Director Carr is invited to share his reasons for picking Howes as the winner.

8.50pm - Next is the Dylan Tombides Award...

This season, the Academy Player of the Year award has been renamed in honour of the late Dylan Tombides.

A graduate who won the award himself in 2011, Dylan sadly passed away on Friday 18 April 2014 following a courageous three-year battle with cancer.

This year's winner, as selected by Academy Director Tony Carr MBE, is midfield dynamo Josh Cullen.

In the Mark Noble mould, Republic of Ireland U18 international Cullen has long been considered one of the brightest stars of the West Ham United Academy.

The 18-year-old was a virtual ever-present for Steve Potts' U18s prior to his promotion to the Development Squad, featuring 21 times at that level.

Cullen has also managed nine Development Squad appearances, scoring in the vital 2-1 Barclays U21 Premier League victory at Sunderland on the final day of the season.

He edges out fellow midfielder and skipper Kieran Bywater, who has bagged 19 goals in all competitions this term, as well as attacking full-back and second-year scholar Lewis Page.

Academy Director Tony Carr MBE is invited onto the stage to help present the award to Cullen and explain his decision.

8.45pm - It is now time for the first five of this year's Player Awards to be presented, starting with the Goal of the Season award…

The Goal of the Season award, sponsored by Lookers, goes to Ravel Morrison for his amazing individual strike at Tottenham Hotspur in October 2013.

The youngster embarked on an unstoppable run through the heart of the Spurs defence, showing incredible pace, balance and poise to speed past Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen before clipping a neat finish over Hugo Lloris.

Morrison's goal, of course, completed an unforgettable 3-0 Barclays Premier League victory at White Hart Lane - the first of three successes against the Lillywhites from north London this season!

Second to Morrison came Kevin Nolan for his expertly controlled finish against Swansea City to set West Ham on their way to a 2-0 home win in February, while third in the voting was taken by Mark Noble for his clincher at Cardiff City in January.

8.30pm - The guests have enjoyed their seafood tart and some lovely-looking steak, so we will be announcing the first of tonight's awards very shortly!

8.05pm - It's now time for a bit of tucker. We'll be back shortly with coverage of the first five awards of the evening! In the meantime, please enjoy the photos and more from tonight's Player Awards so far on our social media channels!

Sam Allardyce

8pm - Sam Allardyce is in positive mood and is looking forward to next season following a challenging but ultimately fruitful second campaign back in the Barclays Premier League.

Big Sam: "I think we're doing a good job and we're progressing. It has been a difficult season, but there are lots of positives to be taken from it. Yes, we don't want to do it again, but we have survived and kept our Premier League status, which is very important going into the new stadium.

"We have to, as a Club, sit down and plan where we're going, what we're doing and how we're going to build the squad. I think that the most important thing is to build on the highlights we have had this season and not dwell on the negativity. We've got to remember that we've beaten Tottenham three times in a row! My best times this season were those games.

"We also went to the semi-final of the Capital One Cup and hit Manchester City at the top of their form when we weren't so good. Yes, we did get beaten 6-0, but we got to the semi-final, which wasn't an easy task - and we beat Tottenham away again!

"I did say that Tottenham kept me in a job at the time, but in all seriousness it was David Sullivan and David Gold who kept me in a job, nobody else."

7.45pm - You can view exclusive images and video from tonight's Player Awards on our social media channels. To access them, simply click on the links above!

7.40pm - Host Ben Shephard gets the Player Awards underway by welcoming Big Sam and his squad to the event. The staff and players receive a warm round of applause as they make their way down the stairs and take their seats with the guests. Shephard gets an even bigger cheer when he opens by mentioning that the highlights of a 'rollercoaster' season were undoubtedly beating Spurs three times!

7pm - Kevin Nolan has been speaking to us ahead of tonight's game. His interview looking forward to tonight's Player Awards and Sunday's game at Manchester City will appear on our YouTube channel very soon!

"I'm looking forward to it," said the captain. "It always makes it easier when you know that everything is going to be fine. This weekend we've obviously got a great game to look forward to with Man City and them going for the title! It's going to be a great evening again, and it'll be nice to see the lads enjoy themselves which is thoroughly deserved after a hard season.

"It's always nice when you win on the weekend, especially when it's over your local rivals in Tottenham Hotspur. It's been a hard season, but Saturday means the lads can enjoy it, and we will enjoy it and beating your local rivals three times makes it even more special!"

6.45pm - The players, management and Board have all arrived at the Grosvenor House and we will soon be sitting down to a night of entertainment. Many of the squad have stopped for a chat with West Ham TV on the way in and we will be publishing those videos over the coming weeks. In the meantime, we will also be publishing instant reaction video interviews following the presentation of a number of tonight's awards. To watch those, please click on the YouTube link above later in the evening!

Good evening and welcome to the sixth annual West Ham United Player Awards in Aid of the Academy.

The players are expected here at Grosvenor House in London's Park Lane within the next 15 minutes or so. We will be grabbing as many of them as possible for interviews, photos and much more on what promises to be a memorable evening.

Tonight's climax will be the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by ACL, to Hammers and England great Sir Trevor Brooking.

Sir Trevor follows in the footsteps of Billy Bonds by being presented with the prestigious award in honour of his long, illustrious and loyal 18-year career with the Club, during which time he won two FA Cups, the Second Division title, reached the European Cup Winners' Cup and League Cup finals and earned 47 England caps.

Fast forward to the near-present and the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season has been something of a rollercoaster, but Saturday's 2-0 home win over Tottenham Hotspur secured safety and means that we can all enjoy this evening's festivities with a smile on our faces!

On New Year's Day, West Ham looked in grave danger of slipping out of the top flight after just two seasons, with an injury-ravaged opening period garnering just 15 points from 20 matches.

Indeed, two memorable victories at Tottenham Hotspur - in the Barclays Premier League and then Capital One Cup quarter-final - were among the few highlights before Christmas.

Defensively, West Ham had started well, keeping clean sheet after clean sheet, but missed chances cost the Hammers dear when it came to scoring goals and collecting points.

While Sam Allardyce's side may have slipped out of the knockout competitions in January, their league form has picked up massively, with 25 points accrued in the 17 matches since a New Year's Day defeat at Fulham.

In all, West Ham have recorded 14 clean sheets in the league - one shy of the 1998/99 season record they could equal at Manchester City on Sunday.

Individually, the likes of Mark Noble, new signings Adrian and Stewart Downing, James Tomkins, Matt Jarvis and Guy Demel have shown consistency, while captain Kevin Nolan and attacking talisman Andy Carroll have returned from suspension and injury respectively to enjoy productive ends to the campaign.

All of the above, as well as the likes of James Collins, Winston Reid, Mohamed Diame, Matt Taylor, Jussi Jaaskelainen, George McCartney and Carlton Cole, will be in the running for the awards being handed out tonight.

At the junior levels, the Development Squad has produced a number of first-team players - 14 Academy graduates have featured for Big Sam this term - and finished safely inside the top half of the Barclays U21 Premier League table.

Steve Potts has enjoyed a fantastic first full season in charge of the U18s, guiding the youth team to the Barclays U18 Premier League Play-Offs, where they face a semi-final clash with Manchester City later this week.

Tonight's Player Awards will raise thousands for the Academy, ensuring the conveyor belt that has produced so many of the players who have raised the Hammer of the Year award in years gone by, continues to roll smoothly.

We will have all the award winners as they are announced, complete with exclusive reaction, video and photographs on this page, YouTube, West Ham TV and on our official Facebook and Twitter pages.