Awards: As They Happened

by Adam Clark
@Everton

See below how Everton celebrated their 2010/11 campaign with a glittering evening of entertainment at Liverpool's magnificent BT Convention Centre...

00.15:
That's it from me. Thanks to all those of you who stayed with us until the bitter end. Don't forget our coverage is far from over though. You can find out more of what the night's big winners had to say by heading to the homepage, and there'll be plenty of interviews and reaction on evertontv tomorrow. There's also the image gallery from a spellbinding night at the BT Convention Centre. Enjoy. And out.

00.13: Tom Gibbons via Facebook...
"Happy to see Leon Osman get an award and recognition for giving his all every time he plays. So, so under talked about."

00.10: James Rankin via Facebook...
"I don't think it was ever in doubt. He gave us the moment of the season at Chelsea and deserves everything he's received this evening. Well done Leighton!"

00.07: Wayne Phenna via Facebook...
"Well done Bainesy. Well and truly deserved."

00.04: Chris Spurrier via Facebook...
"Clearly deserved. Best left back in the Premier League."

00.01:
So as the clock ticks past midnight we're all done and dusted. The Club's 6th Annual Awards have been another huge success and there's little doubting the star of the show. Three awards for Leighton Baines is a fine reward for a near-faultless campaign. As a local lad this will mean the world to him I'm sure.

23.57: Leighton Baines:
"I'm a bit speechless to be honest. It's mind-blowing to have been up on stage three times tonight. I don't know what else to say really."

23.54: LEIGHTON BAINES IS NAMED EVERTON PLAYER OF THE SEASON

23.53:
A touching moment here as Gary Ablett is welcomed up to present the big one, the Everton Player of the Season, sponsored by SE Investments.

23.52: Leon Osman:
"I've been here since I was a kid and I've loved every minute. I've never wanted to be anywhere else and I hope I can stay here for the rest of my life."

23.50: Leighton Baines:
"I didn't really feel any pressure because it was like a free hit - I had nothing to lose. Afterwards though, when everyone came running up to me, I felt like I was floating."

23.49: LEON OSMAN ALSO WINS THE
CHAIRMAN'S BLUE BLOOD AWARD

23.46: DAVID MOYES WINS THE CHAIRMAN'S BLUE BLOOD AWARD

23.45:
Bill Kenwright is back on stage to present his own prize, the Chairman's Blue Blood award, sponsored by Williams Management.

23.42:
Few Evertonians will forget that free-kick Baines curled home at Stamford Bridge. Tension, excitement, drama, class... it had the lot.

23.41: LEIGHTON BAINES WINS GOAL OF THE SEASON

23.40:
Could there be a better man to reveal the Goal of the Season award, sponsored by Deloitte LLP? Everton legend Graeme Sharp is on stage.

23.37: David Moyes:
"Seamus did tremendously well at Blackpool last season and he's given us something fresh and new this year. He's been great and, with what we've seen, we hope he'll be able to step up again."

23.35: SEAMUS COLEMAN IS NAMED YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR

23.34: Alex Vasyov via Facebook...
No brainer! Well done, Bainesy!!!

23.32:
Blues boss David Moyes receives a standing ovation as he heads to the stage to announce the Young Player of the Season award, sponsored by Whitestone Solicitors.

23.31: Leighton Baines:
"I'm honoured to win the award when there are so many great players in the squad. They're not just my team-mates but my mates too."

23.28: LEIGHTON BAINES IS NAMED EVERTON'S PLAYERS' PLAYER OF THE SEASON

23.26:
I wouldn't want to play down any of tonight's awards or winners but we're getting to the ones we've all been waiting for. We're about to discover Everton's Players' Player of the Season, sponsored by Whitestone Solicitors.

23.23:
Each year the Howard Kendall Award recognises an exceptional achievement. That was truly deserved.

EVERTON UNDER-18S WIN THE HOWARD KENDALL AWARD (sponsored by OPublishing)

23.21: Jose Baxter:
"It's been a great season with lots of good players coming through, so I'm really privileged to have won this. I'm thrilled."

23.19: JOSE BAXTER IS NAMED RESERVE PLAYER OF THE SEASON (sponsored by Rippleffect)

23.17: Jake Bidwell:
"I'm really pleased to win but more importantly the lads won the league last week and they deserve all the credit. It's been a great season for us."

23.15: JAKE BIDWELL IS NAMED ACADEMY PLAYER OF THE SEASON

23.14:
Back to the awards. The countdown to the Player of the Season announcement is on.

23.11: Julie Mac Makin via Facebook...
Excellent choice! Tats (Natasha Dowie) always puts a huge shift in every game! Well done you!

23.09:
Early indications suggest the auction and raffle have raised £50,000 for Everton in the Community. A fantastic effort to be fair. Some generous Evertonians out there.

23.05:
Once the wallets head back to the pockets, the last stint of awards get underway, starting with the Academy Player of the Season, sponsored by Prozone Sports. The Under-18s won the national league last week. Who's going to crown their campaign tonight?

23.01:
And someone else has paid £5,000 to be on next season's team photo. Some crazy figures being bandied. But it is all in aid of Everton in the Community.

22.57:
In auction news, somebody has just successfully scooped two 10-year Season Tickets for £6,200!

22.53: Daniel Wilson via Facebook...
Fair play to Seamus. He made a big difference down the right this season and is also clearly passionate

22.50: John Hallway via Facebook...
outstanding all season... well done Seamus!

22.47:
Time for a short auction and raffle break, so let's catch up on what's happened. The biggest cheer of the evening so far undoubtedly met the announcement of Seamus Coleman as Shareholders' Young Player of the Season. You couldn't really argue with their choice and the Irishman will be hoping to add the fans' Young Player award later in the evening. Nastasha Dowie was a popular choice for the Ladies prize too. She scored our winner in last season's FA Cup final win over Arsenal of course.  

22.43: Natasha Dowie:
"I'm a bit shocked to be honest but it's really nice to be voted for by your own team-mates."

22.41: NATASHA DOWIE IS NAMED EVERTON LADIES PLAYER OF THE SEASON

22.40:
Next up it's Ladies Player of the Season, sponsored by JFK.

22.39: Seamus Coleman:
"I'm shocked. I didn't think I'd be at Everton two years ago, let alone winning this award. I'm delighted."

22.37 SEAMUS COLEMAN IS NAMED SHAREHOLDERS' YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON.

22.36: Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka are on stage to present the Shareholders' Young Player of the Season award, sponsored by Cayrus.

22.32:
The winners are Gary Spotswood and Gemma Hunter. Both are deaf international footballers and represent the successful teams ran by the award-winning Everton in the Community.

22.30:
The next awards are for the Male and Female Disability Players of the Season, sponsored by Lookers and presented by two Everton FA Cup heroes, Derek Temple and Barry Horne.

22.28: BREAKING NEWS:
The official reason for the delay in proceedings has been confirmed. "People are taking too long to eat their cheesecake." I promise, however, we are about to get started. I think.

22.24 Tony Rees via Facebook...
Gotta be Becks for the way he controlled it and the angle he scored it from

22.22: Thomas Regan Jnr via Facebook...
Bily two years on the run... COME ON!

22.21: Jack Clarke via Facebook...
Bily's is the best quality, but in the circumstances it's gotta be Baines Maybe.

22.18:
Just been informed of our Goal of the Season winner. But sssshhh... it's a secret.

22.15:
It's red, I'll leave it. Only do Blue.

22.11:
Just had a bottle of wine delivered to the media table by an anonymous Everton source. I really shouldn't, but...

22.04: Catherine Sara Barrett via Facebook...
Definitely Coleman for YPOS. Don't think anyone else comes close!

22.01: Hope the kids aren't hoping to still be up when the Player of the Season is announced. It's going to be a late one this.

21.57:
Just realised Frank would have seen Dixie Dean set his superhuman 60-goal record in his first season on the terraces. Not a bad way to start.

21.54: The winner by the way was Frank Daley, 89-years-young, a Goodison Park regular since 1927. That's dedication. Congratulations, Frank.

21.50:
Everton's chief executive Robert Elstone has just taken to the stage with Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta to present the next award, the Fan of the Year. "Our winner tonight is exceptional but by no means unique," says Robert. "We have many phenomenal supporters." Hear, hear.

21.45:
Okay, so if we reckon we've sussed out POS and YPOS between us, who's going to take this Goal of the Season gong? It's between Beckford (Bolton), Baines (Chelsea) and Bilyaletdinov (Wolves) remember. Personally, I reckon Bily might be on to bag it for a second successive year...

21.38:
Just had a good look at Facebook and Twitter and it really does seem as though no Evertonian can see past Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman for the night's two big awards. I know one man who has a different view on Player of the Year - Joe Royle. I spoke to him last week for Evertonian magazine and he told me he'd hand it to Sylvain Distin. The magazine is out now by the way. And full of good stuff too. Just £2.95. (*shameless*)

21.34: Gareth Wilson via Facebook...
Young player of the year? P-Nev? How old is he? He's done ok. Cheeky.

21.32: Michael Roberts via Facebook...
Fellaini was awesome but because of his injuries Young Player of the Season has to be Coleman 

21.27:
If it seems a bit quiet on the awards front right now, it's because it is. I'm reliably informed dinner is nearing an end though and that's when the fun starts. Keep yourselves entertained in the meantime by checking out our gallery of the night so far .

21.24:
A lot of support for Coleman in the Young Player of the Season category. Remember Felli is in the running too though. Who do you fancy to take it?

21.18: Adam Barrow via Facebook...
Leighton Baines for Player of the Season. Easy. He has been the most consistent player all season and deserves it. But Coleman should get Young Player of the Season.

21.14:
I'm not the only one working tonight. It's all hands on deck to keep the website as up-to-date as possible. Click here for more from Big Dunc, the 2011 Everton Giant no less.

21.09: Everton Ladies star Toni Duggan via Twitter...
Reception for duncan ferguson was unbelievable #legend. It really was.

21.05: cjmgoodison via Twitter...
@YourEverton
Baines for players' player, player of the year and goal of the year!


20.59:
I can see where David Currie is coming from. One of the highlights of the season for me seeing Neville thump that one home at Molineux. Prompted a great match report intro from evertonfc.com's Andy Lewis. Beckford, Baines and Bily beat him in the vote though.

20.58: David Currie via Facebook...
Why on earth is Phil Neville not in the top 3 for Goal of the Season!?

20.56: Jeanette Salmon via Facebook...
Player of the Season is Baines, no question... calm from 12 yards, creator of goals, always provides an option, oh yeah, and a pretty decent defender too! COME ON BAINESEY LAD!

20.51:
Ok, let's get more of your comments on here. Head to Facebook or Twitter and let us know who you think will be taking home the top awards.

20.48:
...we'll then have a quick break for dessert before the main event begins in earnest. That's when we'll learn the Shareholders' Young Player of the Season, the Ladies, Academy and Reserve Players of the Season, the Goal of the Season, the Players' Player, Young Player and, of course, the Player of the Season. Phew. Bring it on. 

20.45:
The first course of dinner is now being served, giving me a chance to fill you in on what's to come. Once the plates are empty we've got some entertainment from the Thai Dance Academy, then the next award is Fan of the Year...

20.41: muzzylee via Twitter...
Coleman for player of season

20.36: Ste Powell via Facebook...
I love him like he loves us. Duncan Ferguson is the greatest man to ever walk the planet!

20.32:
Chants of Ferguson's name filling the arena here. Fair to say that went down fairly well with the masses. He's now doing an interview with evertontv. One to look out for in the morning.

20.31:
Duncan Ferguson: "It was incredible to come back after five years and receive that reception . Everton was a big part of my life."

20.29: DUNCAN FERGUSON IS NAMED EVERTON GIANT 2011

20.27:
Two Scotsmen on stage to present this one - Alan Irvine and David Weir. The pair receive a rapturous welcome on to the stage.

20.25:
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has just finished his welcoming speech, meaning its time for the first award of the night. The Everton Giant, sponsored by Intelligent Sales.

20.23: Andrew Gray via Facebook: Leighton Baines for player of the year without doubt!

20.20:
Looks as though Leighton Baines is the popular choice for the Player of the Season prize. Understandable. The left back has been ever dependable and an ever-present too. Shouts for Sylvain Distin and Seamus Coleman as well though.

20.07: While the names of most of tonight's winners are already safely tucked away inside envelopes, there is one prize which will be decided on the evening. It's the Goal of the Season Award. The shortlist has been whittled down to three and a text vote by those present will determine who takes to the stage to receive the gong later. The contenders are Jermaine Beckford's last-ditch stunner against Bolton, Leighton Baines' dramatic free-kick at Stamford Bridge and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's rocket at Wolves. Who's your favourite?

20.05:
All the music this evening is being provided by the orchestra of the University of Liverpool. They're currently playing out a stunning rendition of Z-Cars.

20.01:
The evening's entertainment is underway and those inside the BT Convention Centre are being treated to a review of Everton's 2010/11 campaign. Some great moments on the big screen, the victories over Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea among them.

19.55:
The call to dinner has been made and everyone is now seated at their tables. The last people to enter the grand arena were David Moyes, Phil Neville et al. To great applause of course.

19.47:
Going to go for a wander and see which other luminaries are about. While I'm away, head to Facebook or Twitter and let me know who you're backing for the big one... the Everton Player of the Season.

19.44:
The report from outside is that all the first-team players are now in. All were in good spirits and a large group of fans were there to greet them. The biggest cheer was spared for a former Blue though... Mr Duncan Ferguson is in attendance.

19.40:
Right, so here's the deal. I'm sat in a dark corner and it's not all that easy to see what's going on in this vast but impressive hall. I've got my minnions though, so we'll be okay. One of them is heading over here...

19.37:
The television legend that is Ray Stubbs is our host tonight. He's just doing a final run-through of the script not five yards away from me. Pro.

19.32:
The first arrivals of the evening were the heroes of yesteryear, among them Dave Hickson, Duncan McKenzie and Graeme Sharp. They were followed by many of this season's successful youth team players and slowly but surely the first team are making their way in too.

19.25:
So, here we go... the 6th Annual Everton End of Season Awards from the magnificent BT Convention Centre on Liverpool's famous Waterfront. We'll be keeping you updated throughout the night on all the big winners but we want YOU to get involved too. Leave your comments throughout the evening by hitting the Facebook or Twitter links above.

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