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WeAreBrighton.com End of Season Awards 2010/11

Well, you voted in your thousands for our We Are Brighton End of Season Awards 2010/11 after what has been a particularly successful season on the pitch.

That success was reflected in the high standard of nominations for our ten much coveted award categories.

The winners were announced on the May 9th edition of the Albion Moan In, but just in case you missed that show then here is the full list. Congratulations to all, and thanks for voting!

WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Season: Glenn Murray (33% of the vote)
The talk before the start of the season was of the Albion's need to find that twenty goal a season striker if they were to have a chance of promotion. Thankfully, they already had Glenn Murray. In his first injury-free campaign since signing from Rochdale in 2008, he smashed home 22 goals to lead the Seagulls to the League One title. But he was so much more than a scorer, with Gus Poyet's team looking a shadow of their glorious self's with him not in it, most notably in the defeat away at Bournemouth when he was dropped to the bench and in the four game winless run at the end of the campaign.
Previous Winners: Andrew Crofts (2010)
Goal of the Season: Liam Bridcutt v Carlisle United (H) (39%)
A game that had gone backwards and forwards between Brighton and Carlisle looked to be heading for a draw after the Cumbrians 90th minute equaliser made it 3-3. Some ping-pong in the visitors box though eventually saw the ball fall to Liam Bridcutt, who smashed home a volley from 20 yards with his weaker left foot to make it 4-3 with his first Brighton goal in the 94th minute of the game, sparking mental running track scenes around Withdean and being the catalyst for a further six wins a row that all but guaranteed promotion and the League One title.
Previous Winners: Gary Dicker (2010)
Memorable Moment of the Season: Charlton Athletic away (25%)
Off the back of a 1-1 draw against fellow promotion chasers AFC Bournemouth in which a shocking penalty decision in the 92nd minute had cost the Albion all three points, they faced their toughest away assignment to date with a trip to The Valley. With over 3000 away supporters in tow, Gus Poyet's men put on a masterclass to destroy another promotion rival 4-0 with star player Kazenga LuaLua only being introduced on the hour mark and the players ended up receiving a standing ovation from sections of the Charlton support at the end.
Previous Winners: Southampton Away (2010)
Penalty Miss of the Season: Elliott Bennett v FC United of Manchester (H) (35%)
Having laboured to a 1-1 draw against part timers FC United of Manchester of the Evo Stik Premier Division in the FA Cup Second Round, the Albion are awarded a stoppage time penalty. If it's stuck away, then the massive inconvenience of a trip to Bury on a cold, December Tuesday night for a replay is avoided. Unfortunately, Elliott Bennett misses his second spot kick in a month as the visitors goalkeeper Sam Ashton wrote himself into FA Cup folklore by making a fine save. Thankfully, the Albion were spared considerable embarrassment with a convincing 4-0 victory in the replay
Previous Winners: New Category
Dismissal of the Season: Mauricio Taricco v Woking (A) (47%)
His last competitive game in professional football had come six years previously, but with Gus Poyet wanting to rest some players for the FA Cup First Round replay at Woking, assistant manager Mauricio Taricco found himself starting the game. Unfortunately, he wouldn't end up finishing it. After receiving a first half booking for a poor tackle, the Argentine was giving his marching orders in the second period of extra time as he decided to mouth off at the referee. What a comeback - although we still reckon it was just because he didn't fancy the spot kicks. It was cold that night after all.
Previous Winners: Colin Hawkins (2010)
Flair Moment of the Season: Cristian Baz penalty v Woking (A) (27%)
Given the Albion's somewhat sketchy record from 12 yards already by this point in the season, it was understandable that fans on the small terrace were slightly apprehensive about the prospect of an FA Cup shock coming thanks to a penalty shoot out. Woking were however even worse, which left Argentinean Cristian Baz with the chance to make it 3-0 and secure safe passage to round two. It was very much a heart in mouth moment then when he decided to scoop the ball straight down the middle, but thankfully this flair decision paid off as the keeper dived away and Brighton were into round two.
Previous Winners: Inigo Calderon (2010)
Villain of the Season: Nigel Adkins (78%)
With a huge 78% of the vote, Southampton manager Nigel Adkins means that the Villian of the Season crown once again returns to St Mary's. The crime? After seeing the Albion and the Saints draw 0-0 in November, Nigel was asked: "Will it be you and Brighton fighting out the title at the end of the season?" His answer: "Well, if they can keep with us maybe." What followed was a load more bizarre statements, including liking his side to Red Rum making a comeback that resulted ultimately in a huge egg on face situation when the title was wrapped up with four games left to play.
Previous Winners: Dean Hammond (2010)
Gully's Girl of the Season: Billie (32%)
The most voted for of all our polls owing no doubt to the large amount of perverts within the fan base was for Gully's Girl of the Season. And the winner ensured it was two out of two for the brunettes, with Billie taking the crown. She not only struts her stuff on the pitch at every home game looking fantastic along with the rest of the girls, but helps run coaching classes for the Albion in the Community Scheme teaching young girls the art of cheer leading - some of whom you may have seen on the pitch at Huddersfield home game. A true credit to the club and worthy winner of the award.
Previous Winners: Maddy (2010)
Albion Related Podcast of the Season: The Albion Moan In (43%)
The critically acclaimed Albion Moan In won the crown for the second year running from the Albion Roar and Comedy Steve's Official Podcast. It's been a good year for the Moan In even if the number of shows have been restricted owing to the Albion being pretty much superb for the entire year, and we've heard from the usual band of supporters as well as some club insiders including Gus Poyet, Glenn Murray, Ian Hart and Billie from Gullys Girls - with Harty even urging those at BBC Radio Sussex to give the Moan In team the Fans Phone In gig for next season!
Previous Winners: Albion Moan In (2010)
Albion Moan In Caller of the Season: Gus Poyet (47%)
We first heard from Gus Poyet on the Albion Moan In last season, but with him performing miracles to take the club to League One Champions, the manager thankfully became more of a regular part of the show this season. Calling from his shift in a kebab shop, he has revealed that himself and Tano didn't know who Cristian Baz was among many other secrets from deep within the club. You can of course also follow Gus on his excellent Twitter account to keep up your Poyet fix over the summer until the Moan In returns next season, when he will no doubt have more exclusive news for us
Previous Winners: Gangsta Al (2010)

Thanks to everybody who took the time to vote in the awards. Do you agree with the winners and if not who would you have had taking home the crowns? You can leave us your comments about the WeAreBrighton.com End of Season Awards 2010/11.

 


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