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Smithies receives double award nomination

ALEX Smithies’ fine form this season has earned him rave reviews from the Loftus Road terraces – and that has extended to the London Football Awards, where he has received a double nomination.

The 26 year-old stopper has become a huge fans’ favourite at QPR after joining the club from Huddersfield 18 months ago.

Incredibly, he has faced ten penalties since coming to W12 , and only been beaten on three occasions!

In recognition of the excellent campaign he is having, Smithies has been nominated in the Football League Player of the Year category, as well as for the London Goalkeeper of the Year accolade.

There are eight awards in total, the winners of which will be announced at the prestigious event, hosted by BBC presenter Gary Lineker OBE, at London’s Battersea Evolution on 2nd March.

In its third year, the London Football Awards, sponsored by Toscafund, raises funds for former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter, Bob Wilson OBE and his wife, Megs’ charity, Willow - the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.

The shortlist of nominees was agreed by an independent panel of judges and announced by Willow Life-President, Bob Wilson OBE at the launch event at Barclays HQ, Canary Wharf.

Premier League Player of the Year

(sponsored by Toscafund)
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Dele Alli (Tottenham)
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Diego Costa (Chelsea)
Danny Rose (Tottenham)

London Manager of the Year

(sponsored by footballmanager.com)
Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)
Neil Harris (Millwall)
Neal Ardley (AFC Wimbledon)
Slaviša Jokanović (Fulham)

Football League Player of the Year

(sponsored by Multiplex)
Scott Hogan (former Brentford)
Tom Cairney (Fulham)
John Akinde (Barnet)
Alex Smithies (QPR)
Sone Aluko (Fulham)

London Young Player of the Year (under-23)

(sponsored by Umbro)
Dele Alli (Tottenham)
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
Ademola Lookman (former Charlton)
Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)
Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)

London Women’s Player of the Year

(sponsored by Barclays)
Eni Aluko (Chelsea)
Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal)
Karen Carney (Chelsea)
Katie Chapman (Chelsea)
Danielle Carter (Arsenal)

London Goalkeeper of the Year

(sponsored by Ideal Bathrooms)
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
Alex Smithies (QPR)
Darren Randolph (West Ham)
Jordan Archer (Millwall)

London Community Project of the Year

(sponsored by the FA)
Fulham – Feltham Young Offenders Institute
Crystal Palace – Powerchair Football
Leyton Orient – DCD Football

Willow Life President Bob Wilson, said: “Once again this season, football in London – in the Premier League, the Football League and the Women’s game – has been dramatic and exciting.

“The London Football Awards is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the skills of our nominees, which we have seen on the pitches of the Capital over the last few months, as well as all the outstanding community work achieved by the clubs.

“I’m looking forward to catching up with lots of friends and colleagues at this year’s London Football Awards.”

Nominees and winners of the awards have been selected by an expert judging panel from the worlds of football and media, from former players to major footballing bodies, and sports media, including Sky Sports, BBC, The Telegraph, Evening Standard and talkSPORT.

Standard tickets to the London Football Awards, including pre-dinner drinks and a three course meal, cost £225 per person. Tables of ten are available for £2,250, Premium tables cost £3,500 and Legend Tables (for ten guests plus a legend) cost £6,000.

For more information and booking visit www.londonfootballawards.org or telephone Willow on 01707 259777.

For more information about Willow visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk