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An award winning night at the London Legends Awards

March 6, 2014

Roy Hodgson, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsay and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard were amongst those recognised at the London Football Legends Awards, March 6. The awards were hosted by comedian Alan Davies in London and raised just over £100,000 for Willow.

Award nominees and winners were selected by an expert judging panel comprising; talkSPORT presenters, Paul Hawksbee & Andy Jacobs; Evening Standard chief football correspondent, James Olley; sports broadcaster, Jim Rosenthal; Sky Sports commentator, Dickie Davis; Arsenal & Scotland legend, Bob Wilson and Spurs & England legend, Martin Chivers.

England manager, Roy Hogdson, received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Tony Carr, the Willow Award (which recognises a legends’ contribution outside of the professional game) awarded for his coaching career with the West Ham youth team.  Both attended the event to accept their awards.

The nominees and winners of the four remaining awards were as below:


Winner: Pat Rice / Arsenal
Alan Curbishley / Charlton
Ron Harris / Chelsea
Jim Cannon / Crystal Palace
Harry Redknapp / West Ham
Mark Bright / Crystal Palace
George Cohen / Fulham


Winners: Aaron Ramsey / Arsenal
Eden Hazard / Chelsea

Per Mertesacker / Arsenal
Hugo Lloris / Tottenham
Jussi Jaaskelainen / West Ham
Mile Jedinak / Crystal Palace
Dave Mooney / Leyton Orient


Winner: Pat Jennings / Spurs
Phil Parkes / QPR
Mervyn Day / West Ham
David Seaman / Arsenal
John Jackson / Crystal Palace
Peter Bonnetti / Chelsea

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Winner: Ledley King / Spurs
Roberto Di Matteo / Chelsea
Chris Powell / Charlton
Gianfranco Zola / Chelsea

More than 20 legends, including Sir Geoff Hurst, Ledley King, Sir Trevor Brooking and Jimmy Greaves were among the legends to attend the London Football Legends Awards and to have taken part in a Q&A session hosted by Bob Wilson.

This fantastic evening raised much needed funds for Willow and will go a long way in making many more Special Days a reality this year. A huge thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make the evening such a fantastic success.

We’ll see you next year!

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Next year’s London Football Legends will be taking place on 5 March 2015, if you’d like to find out more information or register your interest, get in touch below: 

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