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Chairman's Blueblood Award

Chairman's Blueblood Award

Chairman Bill Kenwright paid a glowing tribute to manager David Moyes and midfielder Leon Osman after bestowing the Blueblood Award on the duo at the Club’s 6th Annual Awards night.

For a second year, Mr Kenwright used the special prize to pay a personal tribute to two people he feels embody the Evertonian spirit.

And at a packed BT Convention Centre on Liverpool’s Waterside Mr Kenwright selected the Blues long-serving manager and close confidant Moyes, and midfielder Osman, who has so impressed in the second half of this season.

Of the manager he appointed back in 2002, the Blues chairman said: “He is a tremendous leader and the way he takes this team forward season after season is nothing short of remarkable. If you cut him he would bleed Blue."

Osman, who turned 30 this week, has played some of the finest football of his career as Everton have steadily climbed the Premier League table since Christmas.

He has provided goals, assists and moments of sheer inspiration as the cultured, two-footed, exquisitely-balanced midfielder emerged as his side’s most influential player.

So often an unsung hero, Osman’s frightening ability is nowhere better appreciated than inside the walls of Finch Farm where his teammates are privy to his training ground trickery.

And Kenwright, who admitted he was awe-struck by Osman’s headed goal against Man City earlier this month, said: “He is Blue through and through and is one of my favourite players at the Club.

“When it comes to contract talks it is never easier than with Ossie, he loves it here.

"And how he moves those little feet and scores those goals and then manages to jump seven feet in the air to beat Vincent Kompany and score like that is beyond me.”

A delighted Osman added: “What can I say? I have loved every minute of it here and I hope they let me stay for the rest of my life.” 

The Chairman's Blueblood Award was sponsored by Williams Management.

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