Double delight for Carlos
- Fri 07 May 2010, 12:16AM
- Posted by David Clayton
The stars were out in force at the City of Manchester Stadium at the inaugural Etihad Player of the Year Awards this evening.
The glittering event, presented by Sky Sports’ Georgie Thompson, saw Carlos Tevez complete a prestigious double to cap a memorable first season in sky blue
The Argentinian striker was voted Etihad Player of the Year in association with the Official Supporters Club and also received the ultimate accolade from his team-mates by picking up the Players Player of the Year award, too.
With 29 goals from 39 starts and three Player of the Month awards during the current campaign, Tevez was always going to the man to beat, but he was delighted to collect his award nonetheless.
“I’m very, very happy to win these awards. I’m grateful to the club, the staff and the especially the fans for the support they have given me this season,” said Tevez.
To be recognised by your team-mates is very special for me, too. It’s one of the nicest things in the world to be acknowledged by the people you work and play alongside every day, so this is a very happy day for me
Craig Bellamy has also enjoyed a terrific campaign with 10 goals from 39 appearances and his sparkling two-goal haul in the first Manchester derby last September won the vote for Performance of the Season.
Though the Blues lost the game 4-3, Bellamy’s brilliant double remained in the memory of voters ahead of Tevez’s double strike against the Reds in the Carling Cup and Nigel de Jong’s superb display in the 2-1 home win over Chelsea.
Adam Johnson capped a whirlwind five months with the Blues by picking up the Goal of the Season gong for his last-minute equaliser at Sunderland in March – ironically still his only goal to date!
Unflappable Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata was voted Young Player of the Year after his seamless transition from the Academy to senior football, while the City in the Community team voted Shaun Wright-Phillips as their Community Player of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to the club’s varied charitable projects.
Shaun beat off fierce competition from Nigel de Jong, Nedum Onuoha and Roque Santa Cruz for an award that is particularly poignant in that it is often work that slips below the radar of the media in general.
The main CITC award went to 4CT for their outstanding work organising leisure activities for the young people of East Manchester. 4CT currently manage the Grange Community Resource Centre in Beswick and the Sporting Edge Community Sports Centre in Openshaw.
Finally, one of the most popular winners of the evening was legendary Kit Manager Les Chapman who picked up the Outstanding Contribution award.
‘Chappy’ clocked up nearly 800 appearances during his 21-year playing career and also managed Stockport County and Preston North End and was in charge of the Blues’ reserve team from 1993 to 1996.
After leaving to become Huddersfield Town’s youth team coach, he returned to City in 1997 as kit manager – a role he’s remained in ever since.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who voted.