Special year celebrated at End of Season Awards

Joao Moutinho was named the Player of the Season at another celebration extravaganza at Wolves’ End of Season Awards Dinner for 2018/19.

Almost 1,500 people were in attendance at Telford International Centre to watch the Portuguese international add another trophy to his overwhelming collection of honours after being voted as the best player for Wolves this Premier League season by the club’s supporters.

There were also two awards for Raul Jimenez who received the Players’ Player of the Season, after integrating himself phenomenally with his new teammates following his move to the Black Country in the summer, and Top Goal Scorer of the Season accolades, with the Mexican striker notching 17 goals in all competitions this year.

Although Jimenez was beaten by his attacking colleague and strike partner Diogo Jota to one of this evening’s awards with Jota claiming the Goal of the Season honour for putting the finishing touches on a superb team effort against Cardiff City at Molineux.

Presented by Sky Sports’ Jonny Phillips and BBC’s Jacqui Oatley, various awards were handed out on a night of celebration to mark the end to Wolves’ best top-flight campaign for almost 40 years.

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, managing director Laurie Dalrymple and sporting director Kevin Thelwell all took to the stage to sum up a brilliant first season back in the Premier League which saw Wolves finish in seventh position.

Among the other awards dished out during the evening was the Young Professional of the Year prize which went to Ruben Vinagre for his outstanding performances in the left wing-back position, making 21 first-team appearances this season.

There was more praise for the youngsters when it came to Academy Player of the Season, which was won by Lewis Richards for his fine performances for the under-18s this term, which also saw the centre-back earn a promotion to Rob Edwards’ title-winning under-23 side.

The Wolves Women Player of the Season was claimed by Emma Cross for her strong performances at centre-back in a season where Wolves challenged for the league title, ending up in second position.

Other awards included Fan of the Season which went to Steve Green, the Rachael Heyhoe Flint award was presented to Kevin Rogers, while John Ruddy picked up the Wolves Foundation Player of the Season prize for his work with the club’s official charity.

Following the conclusion of the awards, the celebrations continued as the curtain came down on another memorable season that those in gold and black would never forget.