Dominic Calvert-Lewin is looking forward to “achieving great things” with Everton after claiming a prestigious double at the Club’s End of Season Football Awards.
Striker Calvert-Lewin has scored 21 goals during the most prolific campaign of a burgeoning career.
And he was the headline winner at an event where Ben Godfrey, Richarlison, Izzy Christiansen, Sandy MacIver, Ryan Astley and super-fan Joe Moore all received deserved recognition.
Calvert-Lewin secured most votes in a supporters’ poll to win the Club’s Men’s Player of the Season prize. And he was similarly honoured by teammates who chose Calvert-Lewin as Everton’s Players’ Player of the Season.
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The live awards named the winners of the Club's football awards for the 2020/21 campaign. The other categories which normally feature in our End of Season Awards - including our next Everton Giant, the Chairman's Blueblood Award and the latest recipient of The People's Club Award - will be announced at a special event to be held at a later date.
Calvert-Lewin, whose fans’ award was announced live by manager Carlo Ancelotti, said: “I am very proud to receive this award. I have worked very hard to get into this position so it is nice to have that recognition.
“When the manager came to the Club, he put his confidence in me to keep performing and didn’t give me too much to think about apart from being in the box and scoring goals.
“I have belief in what we are trying to achieve and in the ability in our squad and we can go on to achieve great things.”
Calvert-Lewin has 16 top-flight goals in 2020/21, while seven England appearances have produced four goals following a scoring senior debut, against Wales, back in October.
Ancelotti said: “Dominic is a complete striker: tall, good with the head and fast and strong.
“This season, he arrived at the top. The difficulty is to stay there.
“You have to be stronger and more focused and more concentrated. He has everything to stay at the top for a long time.”
Godfrey crowned a fine individual campaign by topping a fans’ vote for Men’s Young Player of the Season.
The combative defender rapidly obtained a high supporters’ approval rating after joining from Norwich City early in the season and his reputation is growing by the week.
Director of Football Marcel Brands said: “Ben had a huge impact from the day he arrived.
“He showed good character and good quality in all positions and is a great lad.”
Godfrey added: “It is an honour to win Young Player of the Season… [now] there is plenty more learning and hard work to do.”
Richarlison’s clinical finish to set Everton on their way to Merseyside derby victory at Anfield in February was selected by supporters as the Club’s Davanti Goal of the Season.
“It was a very special goal because of how long we’d gone without winning at Anfield,” said Richarlison.
“This [award] was one of my aims for the season and, although I know I could have achieved more, I’m really happy with the confidence you’ve shown in me by voting for me for goal of the season.”
Everton Women made significant strides under manager Willie Kirk in 2020/21, achieving the Club’s first top-five Women’s Super League finish since 2013.
It was a strong field contesting Player of the Season honours, then, with exceptional midfielder Christiansen ultimately securing the largest share of the supporters’ vote.
She said: “It is an honour being voted player of the season by the supporters.
“I have loved every minute of this season and am really looking forward to next season and trying to push on as a team.”
Goalkeeper MacIver, whose sparkling form was rewarded with a first England cap back in February, was named Everton Women Young Player of the Year.
Manger David Unsworth chose defender Astley, 19, as Everton Under-23s Player of the Season because he was the “most consistent, outstanding player… a consummate professional and pleasure to work with”.
Fan of the Year is the inspirational Moore, who has completed various endurance challenges to raise nearly £20,000 for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and a special needs club.
Jazz Bal, Everton Fans’ Forum Chairperson, said “Joe has overcome adversity to help others, he is not only a top Blue but a brilliant person.”
Everton Assistant Manager Duncan Ferguson had the honour of relaying the news to Moore, who suffers with anxiety and agoraphobia.
Ferguson said: “What an incredible achievement, Joe, we are all so proud of you at Everton and would like to thank you for all your support and hard work.”