Crystal Palace boss, Roy Hodgson, will collect his Outstanding Contribution honour at this year’s London Football Awards.
He joins an elite list including Arsene Wenger, Frank Lampard and Glenn Hoddle as the seventh winner of the accolade.
The former England manager was born in Croydon, South London, and played for Palace’s youth teams, and had a spell in non-League, before taking his first coaching job at Swedish side Halmstads in 1976.
Now in his 46th season as a coach, the LFA panel recognised the endurance of his footballing career with this year’s lifetime achievement award. "Hodgson is a very worthy winner,” said an official statement, “having coached and managed teams all over the world in a long and illustrious career.”
Hodgson managed fellow London club, Fulham, towards its best ever finish of 7th in the Premier League and took the West Londoners to the final of the Europa League. Later, he reached his greatest achievement of leading his country to a World Cup and two European Championship Finals, as England manager.
Following his time with England, Hodgson was appointed manager of Crystal Palace in September 2017. Despite them having their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign, Hodgson managed to retain the club’s top-flight status. Since then, the club has been ever-present in the top-flight of English football under Hodgson’s management.
Honoured to receive such an accolade
Hodgson said: “Having been born in London and having grown up watching Crystal Palace, I am very honoured to be awarded such an accolade by the London Football Awards panel.”
“I am very grateful to them for recognising my career in football in this way but more importantly, I would like to compliment Bob Wilson and his wife Megs, for their outstanding work for the Willow Foundation for the last 21 years.”
Bob Wilson co-founder and Life President of Willow
Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper, Bob Wilson, is on the specialist judging panel deciding this year’s winners. Wilson is the co-founder and Life President of Willow, the only nationwide charity working with seriously ill 16-40 year olds to fulfil inspirational and memorable Special Days. This year it marks its 21st anniversary and has provided more than 17,000 special days to date, assisting young adults living with a range of life-threatening conditions including cancer, motor neurone disease and cystic fibrosis.
“I always enjoy attending their annual events which raise so much money for such a worthy cause, and even though we will not be there in person, I very much look forward to the evening.”
”I constantly appreciate attending their yearly occasions which elevate a lot of cash for such a worthwhile reason, despite the fact we will certainly not exist face to face, I significantly eagerly anticipate the night.”
The Gunners legend said: “Outstanding Contribution to London Football is one the biggest awards on the night and we are absolutely thrilled to be honouring Roy, who has contributed so much to the game in a career spanning 50 years."
Winners with the years
Roy Hodgson signs up with an elite checklist of victors of the London Football Awards Outstanding Contribution accolade
2015 Arsene Wenger
2016 John Terry
2017 Frank Lampard
2018 Ian Wright
2019 Glenn Hoddle
2020 Les Ferdinand
2021 Roy Hodgson