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Awards: As They Happened

Awards: As They Happened

The seventh annual Everton End of Season Awards winners:

Everton Giant:
Brian Labone
Fan of the Year: Sarah McNabb
Ladies Player of the Year: Rachel Brown
Academy Player of the Season: Hallam Hope
Reserve Player of the Season: Adam Forshaw
Young Player of the Season:
Apostolos Vellios
Goal of the Season: Phil Neville
Chairman's Blueblood Award:
Phil Neville
Howard Kendall Award: Bill Kenwright
Players' Player of the Season:
Sylvain Distin
Player of the Season: John Heitinga

So much in fact, I'd best sign off with a round-up of all the winners. Enjoy. And goodnight.

23.58: Thank you to everyone who joined us tonight and for all the Facebook and Twitter messages. Apologies if yours didn't make it on but I'm only human and there was plenty to get through.

23.57: And with that - and just three minutes left of the day - that's it.

Jordan Niccolls: Well played Johnny lad. Should be the next Captain if you ask me. He's been brilliant, so strong at the back, just controls the back four and has passion for the club.

@efcnolo: @Johnheitinga congrats on being named @Everton player of the year well deserved been solid all year

@gawne_y: congrats @Johnheitinga - you deserved it after making the centre back position your own

23.50: Asked what he loves about this Club, John Heitinga just said: "It feels like family." As if he wasn't popular enough already.

David Moyes helps to hand John Heitinga the Player of the Year award.Everton's 2011/12 Player of the Season, John Heitinga

23.49: It’s Heitinga's work ethic and no-nonsense attitude that has made him such a popular figure among the Goodison Park faithful. And how the Blues have benefitted from those attributes this season. The Dutch Player of the Year in 2008, Johnny will no doubt consider this up there among his greatest achievements.

Heitinga's inevitable run out against Newcastle on Sunday will be his 39th of the campaign. He also became only the fifth Holland player to reach 75 caps before the age of 30 this year, joining Patrick Kluivert, Clarence Seedorf, Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder on what, let's face it, is a pretty prestigious list.

23.48: The Dutchman himself says he has played as well as ever this season and his contribution clearly hasn't been overlooked by fans. After a campaign of commanding, cultured displays at the heart of Everton's rearguard, the 28-year-old deservedly takes the evening's top award.


@T_Duggan: Chairman blue blood award Goes 2 @fizzer18 well deserved and a brilliant speech which showed why he is worthy of it!

23.43: So we're there. Just one final award to go. The one you've done well to stay up for. The Everton Player of the Season...

23.41: Phil Neville: "I couldn't have taken this award by myself so I'd like to share it with my teammates. I'm touched."

23.39: Chairman Bill Kenwright on captain Phil Neville: "To find someone from Manchester United who then becomes a real, true Everton legend is something special. At Old Trafford, at 3-1 down, he was clapping his hands, driving everyone on. He's simply the best captain in the Premier League, one of the best we've ever had."


23.34: Goal of the Season winner, Phil Neville: "I've been going round telling all the lads to vote for me. I've been canvassing the rest of the audience for votes. My boy tells me I don't score enough goals, so I'm pleased to win this for him."

Michael Williams: Carling Cup curler, left peg, top corner, beast of a goal.

@ortocarl: well done skipper you deserve it, best skipper in the land COYB IMWT

Bill Kenwright will remain on stage to reveal the recipient of his own award, the Chairman's Blueblood Award. This one only came in a couple of years ago and it recognises excellence, commitment and outstanding contribution to the Club.

22.23: David Moyes on Bill Kenwright: "He's incredibly friendly with the players and the players have so much respect for him. It's been a pleasure for me to work with Bill for the last 10 years and he truly deserves this honour."

23.22: Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright: "I'm gobsmacked. I can't tell you what this means to me. Yes I can, it means everything."


23.18: No slowing down here. Chief Executive Robert Elstone is up and about to reveal the winner of the Howard Kendall Award.

Goal of the Season winner Phil Neville.Goal of the Season winner Phil Neville.

23.17: He doesn't do it often, Neville, does he? But it was some strike.

23.16: Apparently, Neville's curler against West Brom won that by just one vote from Leighton Baines' free-kick against Swansea. Tight.


23.13: Two absolute legends on the stage. Graeme Sharp and Duncan Ferguson about to tell us the winner of Goal of the Season. Remember it's Baines v Swansea, Neville v West Brom or Gibson v Man City.

23.12: Told you it was going to get frantic...

@kate_hogan: So happy for @sylvaind15tin! Really deserved it, great guy and great player!

Apostolos Vellios with his award for Young Player of the Year.Apostolos Vellios with his award for Young Player of the Season.

23.10: A choice which certainly shows supporters see potential in young Apostolos Vellios. The Greek Under-21 international may not have featured much in the second half of the campaign but his three goals in 15 outings were clearly enough to earn your votes. The 20-year-old joins the likes of Seamus Coleman, Jack Rodwell and Marouane Fellaini in lifting the Young Player award.  


23.07: Tim Howard is next to take to the mic. He'll be revealing the Young Player of the Season...

@FAWSL: Congratulations to @rach_brown1 on winning @EvertonLadies Player of the Year at the @Everton annual awards dinner #FAWSL

23.06: Everton's Players' Player of the Season Sylvain Distin: "You can't hide, the lads see you working every day. It's a great honour."

Sylvain Distin with his award for Players' Player of the Year.Sylvain Distin with his award for Players' Player of the Season.

23.05: That Sylvain's taken that comes as no surprise to me. He's an incredibly popular figure around Finch Farm and he's got a big heart too. And, while we're at it, brilliant with the media to boot. Which is nice, for us. Well done, Sylv.

23.04: Likeable, dependable and a leader among men, I'm told Distin was the clear winner of this year's award. No doubt the likes of John Heitinga and Leighton Baines pushed him close but the 34-year-old Frenchman has been a rock at centre-back and hasn't looked half bad at full back in recent weeks either.


@Anto7EFC: get in Adam lad! :)

23.00: Skipper Phil Neville is on his way to the stage to reveal the Players' Player of the Season. He'll be joined by boxer and massive Evertonian Tony Bellew.

Reserve Team Player of the Year Adam Forshaw.Reserve Player of the Year, Adam Forshaw

His season may have come to an end early when he broke his jaw away on loan at Brentford but there's no doubting Adam Forshaw deserves that. He was consistently excellent for the second string this year.


22.57: Next up, it's the Reserve Player of the Season, presented by Jack Rodwell and Alan Stubbs...

22.56: Hallam Hope: "It's been a great season and it's a great Club. I've worked hard, I hope I've done well and it's really pleasing to win this award."

22.55: The Under-18s’ leading scorer and a player who has also made an impact at reserve-team level this season, it's been a promising campaign for Hallam Hope. Plucked from Manchester City in 2005, the 18-year-old scored on successive days for the Academy and the Reserves last month. Two cheeky chips as well. Not bad going son.

Academy Player of the Year Hallam Hope.Academy Player of the Season, Hallam Hope


22.52: Alan Irvine: "It's great to be back. It's a fantastic Club, the Club I love."

22.51: Academy Manager Alan Irvine and Academy Head Coach Neil Dewsnip are up on stage. Can only mean the Academy Player of the Season award...

22.50: Hold on. Here comes the rollercoster ride.

@jdfoster00: Vellios must win something tonight!

Stephen Roberts: Fellaini is Player of Season for me. A model of consistency all season, great ball winning, excellent distribution, immaculate control. The level never drops.

22.45: Couldn't see who it was but one of the players has just completed the auction by paying £1,600 for a shirt signed by Lionel Messi.

22.42: A little time update. We're just getting towards the end of the charity auction and then it's full speed ahead with the awards. Academy Player of the Season will be next, then Reserve Player of the Season and then it's our first top award of the evening, the Players' Player of the Season.

Tom Owen: Distin. Consistent. Reliable. Top class. A pity he's in his mid 30s!

22.38: Sorry, I couldn't type for about five minutes there. We had two football freestylers on the stage. Absolutely incredible. 

Ladies Player of the Year Rachel Brown.Ladies Player of the Year, Rachel Brown.

22.30: The next lot was the David Moyes portrait that was painted here in the room earlier this evening. The manager's going to sign it and again it goes for £3,200.

22.28: Somebody in the room has just paid £3,200 to spend the day at Finch Farm and have a game on the training ground's indoor pitch. All the proceeds from the auction go to charity and there are two more lots to come.

22.25: A familar sound at these annual End of Season Awards - the theme tune from Antiques Roadshow is blaring from the speakers. I'm not even kidding. Celebrity auctioneer Eric Knowles is on the stage.

Everton Ladies Player of the Season Rachel Brown: "Our votes were based more on last season because this season has only just started but obviously I'm pleased to win the award. We want to win trophies just like the men do and hopefully this will be the year we do it."

22.21: And let's not forget Rachel's work for Everton in the Community either. A thoroughly deserving winner.

A dependable ever-present on the pitch and sterling ambassador off it, goalkeeper Rachel Brown at last gets her hands on Everton Ladies' top prize. An integral member of Mo Marley's squad for almost a decade now, the England international was outstanding during the inaugural Women's Super League campaign, keeping five clean sheets as the Blues secured a top-three finish.


22.17: Darron Gibson on how he's enjoying life at Goodison Park: "It's going well so far. The staff, players, fans have been brilliant, so obviously that's made things easier."

22.15: Tim Cahill and Darron Gibson are heading to the stage to reveal the Everton Ladies Player of the Season...

Jake Hughes: Johnny Heitinga, hands down for Player of the Season. He has been solid all season and has rarely put a foot wrong in any game he has played in. He keeps the defence together well, and is a great leader on the pitch

22.13: No more food talk. The eating is done. The plates are on their way to the dishwasher. Rejoice Evertonians. It's time for the awards...

The Blues boss approves of Hicks' portrait.Here's that speed painting of David Moyes from earlier

Ash Morgan: Fellaini controls midfield and he's very consistent. My Player of the Season. Also it's been benefitting having him push up lately. He can play anywhere!

22.07: By the way, I don't get to eat any of the below. My colleague @efc_andylewis did find me a decent plate of chicken however. Hope it wasn't that one from Ewood Park.

BBC Sport's @phimcnulty: The late Brian Labone named an "Everton Giant" tonight - interviewed him many times in previous life. Perfect gentleman on & off the field.

22.03: Okay, so that probably wasn't the big announcement you were hoping for. But at least big Sylvain's enjoying his scran. There will be plenty of better big announcements ahead, I promise. Player of the Season, Players' Player of the Season, Goal of the Season... the biggies are all still to come.

@sylvaind15tin: At the end of season award. Lovely food so far. Can't believe the season is nearly over.

22:00: And here it is. Tonight's menu: Loch Fyne smoked salmon and prawn rilette to start, chargrilled fillet steak with duck parfait croute, madeira sauce and dauphinoise spuds for the main and white chocolate teardrop centred with Belgian chocolate and toffee for dessert. Or pudding. Whichever you prefer. Was pudding round ours as a kid.

21.55: Huge announcement coming up...

Danny Callaghan: Johnny Heitinga for Player of the Season by a mile. Hasn't put a foot wrong all season!

Fan of the Year Sarah McNabb.Fan of the Year, Sarah McNabb

21.45: Here's the full story of our Fan of the Year. And it's certainly worth a read. Moving stuff.

21.40: So a quick recap on what's happened so far. David Moyes and the boys got here in good time, the late, great Brian Labone is the new Everton Giant, a very talented artist painted the manager in four minutes flat and we found a truly deserving Fan of the Year. Next up will be the Everton Ladies Player of the Year, closely followed by the Academy Player of the Season and Reserve Player of the Season.

21.33: Rachel Webb, who nominated our Fan Of The Year: “Sarah is so selfless. She is always doing things for others and taking care of her mum and younger brother but is still committed to Everton. I think she really deserves this reward.”

21.32: "A real inspiration," is how 16-year-old Sarah McNabb has been described. Sarah is a carer for mum Margaret, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, and younger brother, Liam, 13, who has Asperger's Syndrome. On top of that, she has had to endure her own health problems, a serious knee injury requiring several operations. And, yet, Sarah remains a committed Everton Season Ticket holder and even put off her latest op to make sure she didn't miss last month's trip to Wembley. Dedication indeed. Well done, Sarah.


21.28: Phil Jagielka: "We've finished off the season really well but I'm sure the gaffer would have liked us to have started a bit better. And I'm pretty sure that means we'll be running that little bit harder when we come back for pre-season!"

21.26: Phil Jagielka and Leon Osman are on stage to present this award. Supporters were asked to nominate people they felt were deserving of the title 'Fan of the Year' and a judging panel picked the winner.

21.25: The menu will have to wait. Temporarily at least. We're about to learn our next winner - the Fan of the Year.

Tim Cahill heads for his seatTim Cahill looks to be enjoying himself

21.20: Seems there is the smallest interest in tonight's menu. I'm on my way to get one...

Will Cooper: What table is Tony Hibbert on at the @Everton awards? I bet it's banter-tastic. Can't beat a good bit of #bantz

21.14: I promise that's not the end of the award presentations. Theory is that Denis Stracqualursi might get angry if called up on stage while eating. And that wouldn't be pretty. So we wait until everyone's finished. According to my programme, the Fan of the Year will be next and then the Everton Ladies Player of the Year.

21.08: I've got to say, that's damn impressive. You probably had to be here to properly understand what just happened, but what four minutes go was a huge blank canvas now looks very much like the gaffer. Top work.

Tim Cahill and Nikica Jelavic enter the venue.Tim Cahill and Nikica Jelavic on their way in earlier

Callum Hodge: Young player I would give to Shane Duffy when we had no defence he played great! Player of the Season possibly Jelavic or Fellaini

21:01: He's going some, I'll give him that. Oddly, gripping to watch.

21:00: This should be interesting. A speed painter has just taken to the stage and he reckons he can do a portrait of David Moyes in just four minutes. I'll be honest with my assessment...

20.58: The biggest roar of the night so far has just gone up. A fella called Duncan Ferguson's here somewhere apparently.

Alex Wood: Heitinga for player of the season, Gibson for goal of the season and Barkley for young player

Chris Kearney: Kevin Ratcliffe said "if we had a team of Everton Captain's we would ask Brian to lead us out" #corinthian

David Moyes makes his way to the top tableDavid Moyes making his way to the top table

Marc Carran: The season hasn't finished yet... and Hibbo' could score a backheel against the Toon!

20.48: Here's some more on our latest Everton Giant, the great Brian Labone.

Have to say, that's not a bad shout by Michael Long. Unfortunately, the shortlist for the fan vote had to be drawn up before the game at Old Trafford. A shame, because you'd have to think Steven Pienaar's would have been in with a shout too.

Michael Long: Should be Jelas header v Utd. World class header and great build up. And a wicked ball from Tony 'Cafu' Hibbert.

Mick O'D: Bainesy for player, Neville for goal, Gueye young player

20.36: Okay, everything's quietened down for a moment and dinner is being served. I traditionally like to waffle about the menu to kill some time. Tweet @Everton if you'd be interested to know what you're not chowing down on.

20.26: Want to see for yourself what's going on at St George's Hall and how it looks decked out in Blue? You do? It's your lucky day - here's our photo gallery.

20.23: Another emotional moment as the room pays tribute to the late Gary Speed and Gary Ablett with a period of applause that goes on for a good two minutes. To quote host Jim White, it's truely a tradegy the two aren't here to enjoy this event this evening. Gone but never to be forgotten. May they rest in peace.

Barry Sullivan: A fitting tribute to the captain of Everton #corinthian

20.22: Unsurprisingly, that announcement got a hugely heartwarming cheer. Something else worth a mention - Labone was booked just twice throughout his career. I know football was a little different back then, but still - that's astonishing.

20.20: Moving scenes here as Brian's wife, Pat, takes to the stage to receive the award. The legendary defender joins a prestigious list of greats which already includes the likes of Dixie Dean, Alan Ball, Kevin Ratcliffe, Graeme Sharp, Howard Kendall and Duncan Ferguson. 

20.18: He famously declared ‘one Evertonian is worth 20 Liverpudlians.' But the late, great Brian Labone was worth more than most. A true one-Club man, ‘Labby’ turned out 534 times for his beloved Everton, a record no other outfield player can match. In 13 years as a player, he helped propel the Blues towards two league titles and a never-to-be-forgotten FA Cup triumph in 1966. Injury may have forced him to retire early but his ties with the Club remained strong right up until his untimely passing in 2006, aged just 66. Brian Labone - a true legend who, quite rightly, takes him place among the Everton giants.


20.14: Our first winner of the evening is about to be announced and it's the Everton Giant. Everton legend Derek Temple and actor Andrew Lancel are on stage to present the award.

20.13: Phil Neville v West Bromwich Albion, Darron Gibson v Manchester City and Leighton Baines v Swansea. One of those will be our winner. What do you reckon?

The Goal of the Season contenders have been whittled down to three and they will now be put to a vote in the room this evening. The three are... (drum roll please)...

@ConnorLee_ Baines for Player.... Baines vs Swansea for Goal.... And not sure on the young one..Gueye/Vellios?!?

20.03: Every person in the room is on their feet as David Moyes and his players enter the main hall to Z-Cars and a very warm round of applause.

So, come on then, who's going to win? I'll be keeping an eye on both Twitter and Facebook, so send us your thoughts and get involved!

19.57: the meantime, I'll be keeping you up-to-date as best I can with all that's going on and posting some of your best comments right here on the live blog!

19.54: A little about how this will all play out... Once all our guests are seated, David Moyes and his first-team squad will enter the main hall from back stage, followed by our hosts for the night, Sky Sports News duo Natalie Sawyer and Jim White. We're expecting the first winner of the evening to be announced at around 8.15pm and that will be the Everton Giant. There will then be a break while dinner is served and the presenting of awards should resume at around 9.30pm.  

19.50: Other prizes, by the way, include the Chairman's Blueblood Award and the Howard Kendall Award, both of which recognise outstanding contribution to the football club, the Fan of the Year and the Ladies, Reserve and Academy Players of the Season.

19:47: The big one this evening is obviously the Everton Player of the Season award, which last year went to Leighton Baines. We'll also discover the Players' Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season, Goal of the Season and the latest Everton Giant.

19.44: The players have all walked down the blue carpet within the last 30 minutes or so and are now waiting back stage while the main hall fills up. Things will be getting underway very shortly indeed.

19.41: Good evening and welcome to's LIVE blog from the seventh annual Everton End of Season Awards at St George's Hall. I'll be with you for the rest of the evening, keeping you up-to-date with who's here, who's on stage and, most importantly, who's picking up the much-coveted prizes. 

19.20:'s LIVE blog from the seventh annual End of Season Awards will begin shortly.

Stig Andre KarlsenCongratulations all winners!! But Phil; I beleive the best goal wil come against Newcastle on sunday, just like last season. But who knows who will score it???

Friday 11th May 09:06 Report Comment

Mike OldfieldShould the players not be in bed by now? Important game Sunday!

Thursday 10th May 22:50 Report Comment

Nigel Harrisoncome on johnny i voted for you dutch master

Thursday 10th May 19:39 Report Comment

Panagiotis SemertzidisOne of these (photo) belongs to Vellios!

Thursday 10th May 19:34 Report Comment


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