Ashley Cole Named London Footballer of the Year

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Chelsea star player Ashley Cole has been named BBC London Footballer of the Year for 2009.

Ashley, 28, was born in East London and is widely regarded as one of the best full-backs in world football.

The award caps a great year for the Chelsea and England left-back, who in May became the first player in the modern era to win five FA Cups.

He becomes the sixth Chelsea player in succession to take the title, following in the footsteps of Frank Lampard (2004 and 2008), John Terry (2005), Joe Cole (2006) and Didier Drogba (2007).

Says Ashley, who came to Stamford Bridge in 2006: " If I look back it was a good year, I was playing well, won the FA Cup medal, a little bit disappointing not winning the league or the Champions League, but to do what we did in the circumstances, it was a good season. "

And he reveals he has already made his New Year Resolution for 2010: " To win the FA Cup for the sixth time and make history would be amazing," he says. " I enjoyed last year so much, but to win six would be out of this world."

December 8, 2009