Parker wins FA Cup award

Scott Parker has been named the E.ON Player of the Round award after his man-of-the-match display against Hartlepool United.

The midfielder, who captained the team at Victoria Park, was instrumental in the 2-0 away performance that took the team through to a fifth-round meeting with Middlesbrough on 14 February. Subject to West Ham United being involved, Parker will receive VIP hospitality for himself and a guest at the FA Cup final on Saturday 30 May 2009. The winner of each award will also be presented with a commemorative trophy.


Parker beat four rivals - Swansea City goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos, Doncaster Rovers shot-stopper Neil Sullivan, Kettering Town forward Craig Westcarr and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack - to claim the prize and won 50 per cent of the vote. The five names had been selected by a panel which includes Mark Clemmit of Radio Five Live, Howard Wheatcroft of the Daily Star, past FA Cup hero Ricky George, ITV pundit Andy Townsend and E.ON Managing Director Graham Bartlett.

The E.ON Player of the Round award is presented to the outstanding player at each stage of competition, starting from the first round qualifying all the way to the semi-final.