I had the absolute honour and pleasure of delivering the Watford FC Player of the Season award into the incredibly safe hands of goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes on Wednesday evening.
SA Law supports Watford FC on and off the field and is the club’s official legal partner and solicitors so I am thrilled that once again, for the 2015/2016 season, we have been able to sponsor this award.
For me, and for the players too, this is probably the most important award on the night of celebration because it is voted for by the fans. They can each vote for their top player, and boy did they vote, in their thousands.
In front of 600 guests in Wembley Stadium’s iconic Bobby Moore Room, Gomes picked up no less than three awards: Player of the Season, Players Player of the Season and Best Display of the Season for his superlative efforts saving two penalties in the 1-0 win away at West Brom.
That’s some hat-trick for the Hornets’ 35-year-old shot stopper.
The Brazilian kept 11 clean sheets in the Premier League this season and helped secure comfortable mid-table status and another season at English football’s top tier. He also helped the club to the FA Cup semi-final for only the third time in their history.
Other celebrations on the night included the Goal of the Season award which went to Adlene Guedioura for his match winner in the FA Cup against Arsenal; Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake was named Young Player of the Season; the 3-0 victory over Liverpool was voted Team Performance of the Season; Troy Deeney won the Community Ambassador award; Development Player of the Season was Alex Jakubiak; Stewart Scullion was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame; and Karoline Hasley was named Supporter of the Season.
What a great night. What a great season!