Post by Everton News. on May 10, 2017 15:11:08 GMT
Under-23s Win Another Honour
Title-winning team pick up Howard Kendall Award for 2017.
They’ve just got their hands on one piece of silverware – now Everton Under-23s are celebrating landing another top honour.
David Unsworth’s title-winning side have been rewarded for a season to savour by collecting the prestigious Howard Kendall Award at The Dixies.
The award recognises an individual or group who are considered to have realised outstanding achievement at the Club, honouring Kendall’s superb achievements as a Blues player and manager.
Fresh for lifting the Premier League 2 title on Monday night, Everton’s Under-23s were chosen after their superb campaign, which saw them see off the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool to become the best young side in the country.
The young Blues and fhhghghh came up on stage to collect their award from Lily Kendall, Howard’s daughter, and Club Ambassador Ian Snodin.
Afterwards, Matthew Pennington told evertontv: “It's a great group of lads who all made it a brilliant season. We set out to win the league. Unsy challenged us and we managed to do it.
"It was a great atmosphere against Liverpool. The result was not what we waned but we've won the league and that's all that matters. It's a brilliant group we've got and everyone played a part in our success. So much work has been done from the players, Unsy and all the staff. It's something we can all be proud of."
The Howard Kendall Award 2017 was sponsored by Keppie Massie Surveyors and Property Consultants.
Post by Everton News. on May 10, 2017 15:11:54 GMT
Fan Of The Year 2016/17
Lily Blackhurst wins award for dedication to following the Blues and work with EITC.
Lily Blackhurst has been named Everton Fan of the Year for 2017.
Lily had been a Season Ticket Holder for more than 20 years and until recently followed the Blues all over the country, however she cannot now attend all home and away fixtures as she dedicates her time to care for her husband who has dementia.
She is a passionate supporter of the Club’s official charity, Everton in the Community, and is actively involved in Pass On Your Memories, an initiative which supports people living with dementia and their carers.
Run from Goodison Park four times a week, ‘Pass on the Memories’ uses a range of interventions, including sporting reminiscence workshops and custom-made life story memory books, to help people share important memories and create new ones.
Lily, who was nominated by her daughter Jill, still cheers on the Toffees on home matchdays with her son and two grandchildren.
After being presented with her award by Blues full-back Leighton Baines, Lily delivered a short and emotional acceptance speech, saying: "Watching Everton is my release - this Club means everything to me."
The Fan of the Year award was sponsored by Premium Credit.
Post by Everton News. on May 10, 2017 15:18:45 GMT
Chairman's Pride At Club's Progress
Mr Kenwright speaks of 'hugely exciting time' on and off the pitch with Farhad Moshiri as 'right investor'.
Club Chairman Bill Kenwright has spoken of his pride at having Farhad Moshiri as “the right investor... to lead a hugely exciting time for all Evertonians”, as he reiterated the Club’s commitment to get back among Europe’s elite.
In a passionate speech at Everton’s end of season awards ceremony, The Dixies, on Tuesday, Mr Kenwright said his search for investment in the Club was starting to pay off with the arrival of Mr Moshiri as major shareholder.
With the Toffees back in Europe next season, the Chairman outlined the Club’s ambition to aim even higher, vowing to help strengthen Ronald Koeman’s first-team squad this summer and progressing with the ambition to relocate to a new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.
"I did find you the right investor. I promise you I did," said Mr Kenwright. "The search did come to an end with Farhad, I knew instinctively.
“In Farhad Moshiri we have someone who is totally committed to making this Club the best. He will lead a hugely exciting time for Evertonians. There is such positivity among our fans right now and that’s because we are going in the right direction.
“I spoke to Farhad and I asked him, ‘what is the message?’ Because I knew you’d want to know. The message is we are totally focused on getting this Club to the dock.
“But, at the same time, that is not going to take away the focus from our commitment to the manager.
“If there is a player who wants to play for Everton Football Club who Ronald [Koeman] wants, who Steve [Walsh] wants, we will get them for you. It’s fantastic for me to be able to say that.
"We can get you back to where to you belong - Champions League, even higher."
Mr Kenwright also paid tribute to Koeman for steering Everton back into European football, while revealing the Dutchman “loves this Club”.
“He's a great manager – he’s different,” added the Chairman. “He tells it like it is. He’s honest and he’s on it.
“There was a lovely moment not too long ago when we had a bit of lunch and there was something different and I thought, ‘Everton has got him, we’ve got him’. And he said to me, 'I love this Football Club'. He does love us and he does give everything.
"We are really grateful to what you’ve done, Ronald. First of all for getting us back into Europe and, secondly, for helping us believe.”