With three games to go, West Ham Utd can still declare season their best ever in the Premier League with the highest points tally (59) and genuine momentum to take them into the Olympic Stadium.

The club celebrated its team and individual success with a night of a celebration at the London Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, overseen by Hammers fan and actor Ray Winstone.

It was a night of triumph for the silky French midfielder Dimitri Payet who was voted the 38th Hammer of the Year, just one of five awards, including top goalscorer.

Reflecting on a season that has brought him 12 goals – and world attention – Payet told West Ham TV : “I didn’t think I would adapt this quickly. I thought it would be harder, but with the fabulous teammates that I have, and the manager and coaching staff, the settling in period was easier than expected.

Sir Geoff Hurst receives a Lifetime Achievement Award

“Slaven Bilic is very important for me and my confidence. He has done everything possible to help me to blossom as a player and when I suffered an injury and had a difficult time, he was the first person to come to my house and check up on me.

“My form has been down to all the squad, the coaches and the medical staff, but I would like to personally thank the manager for all the help and support he has given me.”

Reece Oxford won Young Hammer of the Year and Paolo Di Canio the Greatest Ever Goal at the Boleyn Ground for his strike against Wimbledon in March 2000.

Meanwhile, as the Hammers prepare to say farewell to at least a part of their East End heritage it was fitting that the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Sir Geoff Hurst, 50 years after “West Ham won the World Cup” in 1966.

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