The annual celebration of London football was held, virtually, last night. While Brentford were beating Rotherham United last night, Tuesday 27 April the winners of the London Football Awards were being announced. And fans who missed out last night can watch it now.
There were three Brentford representatives in the running for awards. After winning the prize 12 months ago, Thomas Frank has been nominated again for the Manager of the Year award in the season which saw him lead us to the Semi-Finals of the Carabao Cup, the first major semi-final in the Club's 132-year history. Along the way we knocked out four Premier League sides before losing 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur in January's semi-final.
The Bees have also secured a spot in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs, which will start next month, and could win a place in the Premier League. This season has seen Brentford already earn 81 points, score more goals than any other Championship side and only lose seven league games all season. Thomas is up against Emma Hayes (Chelsea), David Moyes, (West Ham United), Scott Parker (Fulham), and Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace) for the prize.
In the EFL Player of the Year category, won last year by Ollie Watkins, when at Brentford, we are represented by Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo. Bryan's winning goal against Rotherham last night was his seventh of the season, and third in five games in a campaign where he is near the top of the assist charts in the Championship. Also near the top of that list is Ivan, and he has added 29 goals as well, the most in the second tier. Up against Ivan and Bryan for the player award are Joao Pedro (Watford), Joe Piggott (AFC Wimbledon), and Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient).
The London Football Awards raise funds for Willow, the only national charity providing Special Days for seriously ill 16-40-year-olds. These Special Days enable them and their families to reconnect and refocus on each other while enjoying an activity of their choosing. A day for them, a day about them and a day that will create memories they will all treasure forever.
Willow was founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter Bob Wilson and his wife, Megs, as a lasting memorial to their daughter Anna, who died of cancer aged 31. Since 1999 the charity has fulfilled more than 17,000 Special Days for young adults living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy.