Scott Parker has retained his title as Hammer of the Year – sponsored by Vantis – after winning the support of West Ham United supporters for the second successive season.
The England midfielder has enjoyed a magnificent campaign for Gianfranco Zola’s side, producing a series of man of the match performances at home and away.
Parker, who is the first West Ham player to retain the award since Julian Dicks in 1995/96 and 1996/97, also scored outstanding goals at Chelsea and in the vital 3-2 Barclays Premier League victory over Wigan Athletic last month.
“It’s been a fantastic season for me, personally,” said Parker. “We’ve had a lot of hard times as a team this year, but at the end of it, I suppose we’re still in the Premier League.
“I know, at times this year, we’ve probably not given you the sort of things you deserve but I speak for the squad and the staff when I thank you all for your support.
“I want to thank the staff – Steve Clarke and Kevin Keen – for all the hard work they’ve done, and also I want to thank the manager, Gianfranco Zola, for having so much faith in me and giving me great belief.”
Capped three times by his country, Parker’s form has led to clamour for his return to the national squad for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa. That form also saw him voted SBOBET Player of the Month on no fewer than four occasions – in December, January, March and April.
Alessandro Diamanti was voted runner-up, smiling broadly as he received his award to loud applause.
Parker capped a special night that also saw him win the Goal of the Season award – sponsored by Floyd Investments – for his 30-yard screamer at Stamford Bridge by scooping the Players’ Player of the Year trophy.
Before being presented with his award, the midfielder listened intently as a montage of comments from his team-mates was played on the big screens.
“I’d like to thank my fellow players because to hear those sorts of comments and receive the votes from your own team-mates means a lot,” he added.
The popular player was the pick of his team-mates to receive his third award of the night – sponsored by Winged Boots.