Thomas Frank and Ollie Watkins have been recognised at this evening’s London Football Awards, held at The Roundhouse in Camden. The Brentford Head Coach took the London Manager of the Year Award, ahead of Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace), Emma Hayes (Chelsea FC Women) and Joe Montemurro (Arsenal Women FC) while 22-goal striker Watkins beat teammates Said Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo, as well as Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic and Millwall’s Jed Wallace, to the EFL Player of the Year Award.
Mbeumo, who has enjoyed a debut season to remember in England, was also up for the Young Player of the Year award which went to Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham while David Raya was beaten to the Goalkeeper of the Year prize by Ben Foster of Watford.
The awards raise funds for Willow, the only national charity providing Special Days for seriously ill 16-40-year-olds. These Special Days enable them and their families to reconnect and refocus on each other while enjoying an activity of their choosing. A day for them, a day about them and a day that will create memories they will all treasure forever.
Willow was founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter Bob Wilson and his wife, Megs, as a lasting memorial to their daughter Anna, who died of cancer aged 31. Since 1999 the charity has fulfilled more than 13,000 Special Days for young adults living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy.