THIERRY HENRY collected his Footballer of the Year trophy at the FWA’s annual award dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on May 15th.
The Arsenal striker became the 53rd player to receive the game’s oldest and most prestigious individual award and praised the FWA for their good judgement when he was presented with the trophy by FWA Chairman Gerry Cox.
“It’s a great honour. I have been so happy here in England, and the English game has given me something extra” he said.
Arsenal’s vice-chairman David Dein proposed a toast to the FWA and paid tribute to Henry, the player who was responsible for around half of his side’s goals last season.
“This award is a tremendous accolade,” he said. “Thierry scored 24 goals and contributed to 20 others of the 85 we scored this season.
“He is a tremendous asset to Arsenal and France. I have been going to Arsenal for 50 years and I genuinely believe he is the most amazing talent I have ever seen. He can do things on the pitch other players can only dream of.”
Gerry Cox paid his own tribute to Henry and introduced a memorable video of Henry’s finest moments compiled by Sky Sports, who sponsored the evening along with Barclaycard, the FWA’s title sponsors and leading supporters.
It was another highly successful evening in front of a sell-out crowd of around 700 football writers, players, managers and officials.
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