Wayne Rooney’s stunning strike from inside his own half against West Ham United was crowned as Everton’s Goal of the Season at The Dixies.
In a straight head-to-head match-up decided on the night by those at the Philharmonic Hall, Rooney’s wonder goal against the Hammers edged Gylfi Sigurdsson’s stunning strike in the Europa League tie away at Hajduk Split.
Rooney’s stunner just edged his teammate Sigurdsson’s with 57 per cent of the vote.
The Blues Academy graduate collected his award from former number nines Duncan Ferguson and Bob Latchford, two men who aren’t short of eye-catching goals themselves.
It came after Rooney took the Individual Performance of the Season award for his overall display in that match against West Ham, when he grabbed a hat-trick in the Blues' 4-0 win.
Speaking on stage after accepting his prize, Rooney joked: “Knowing Harty, I anticipated him mis-kicking it! It fell to me and as soon as I hit it, I though straight away it was going in the back of the net.
“As soon as I kicked it, I knew I had hit as well as I could.
“I don’t think our garden is big enough for my kids to try that! It’s nice that they can see more score goals, and scoring goals was a huge part of why I came back to Everton.”
The Goal of the Season award was sponsored by Carling.