Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal honoured at London Football Awards but Willow Foundation true winners

Bob Wilson presents Arsene Wenger with Outstanding Contribution to a London Club Award

Bob Wilson presents Arsene Wenger with Outstanding Contribution to a London Club Award - Credit: Archant

The great and good gathered at the London Football Awards 2015 last Thursday but it was the Willow Foundation who proved to be the real winners.

Glenn Hoddle presents Harry Kane with the London Young Player of the Year Award

Glenn Hoddle presents Harry Kane with the London Young Player of the Year Award - Credit: Archant

The Hatfield based charity are the driving force behind the awards and thanks to the kind-hearts of those present, they managed to raise a staggering £170,000 on the night.

That figure came from a number of things including a live auction, which included items from Trevor Brooking, Harry Redknapp and John Motson, a silent auction and raffle.

Chelsea scooped three of the awards at the ceremony in Battersea, with Eden Hazard getting the London Player of the Year award.

Tottenham hotshot Harry Kane picked up the young player award while Brentford boss Mark Warburton was awarded manager of the year.

Mark Warburton accepting London Manager of the Year Award

Mark Warburton accepting London Manager of the Year Award - Credit: Archant

And there was a special award for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who received his Outstanding Contribution to a London Club trophy from Willow co-founder Bob Wilson.

Bob said: “Sixteen years ago when we founded the charity, Megs and I could never have imagined Willow being mentioned in the same breath as tonight’s award nominees.

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“It is only thanks to the wonderful support of the football community and so many of my peers, the clubs and players that we can continue to reach out to those most in need.

“Megs and I are extremely humbled by the continued support and enthusiasm.”

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