Brentford striker Ivan Toney was named EFL Player of the Year for the 2020/21 season at the London Football Awards last week. The ceremony for the annual celebration of London football was held virtually last Tuesday, 27 April, with awards presented in a variety of categories. Ivan beat off competition from across the capital to take home the EFL Player of the Year prize.
Ivan was named winner while he was captaining Brentford to a 1-0 win over Rotherham United. He took his tally for the season to 30 Championship goals with one in a 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday, 1 May, and has also reached double figures in terms of assists. The full story of his award win can be seen here.
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.
Willow partners with media organisations including Sky Sports and Radio London (BBC) to help share its message around the awards. Ivan spoke to a variety of media after picking up his award. He told Sky Sports how his hard work was paying off. See that interview here.
Ivan spoke to the Evening Standard about following in the footsteps of Ollie Watkins, who won the same award in 2020. Neal Maupay won it in 2019 so Ivan made it a Brentford striker treble last week. The interview, which can be seen here, looks at Ivan's arrival at Brentford and his career so far.