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WeAreBrighton.com End of Season Awards 2012/13

Forget all the nonsense that has gone on since that play-off defeat to Palace and it has actually been a very good season for Brighton and Hove Albion.

Highest average attendance in the Championship, a highest league finish in 30 years and watching players of the quality of Vicente, David Lopez, Wayne Bridge, Tomasz Kuszczak and Matt Upson pull on the stripes.

That's been reflected in how many of you came out to vote in our WeAreBrighton.com End of Season awards.

So without further ado, the winners are...

WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Season: Liam Bridcutt (64.84% of the vote)
Polling over 50% of the votes easily tells you what sort of season Liam Bridcutt has had. It's been a year in which he has seen himself earn rave reviews on debut for Scotland, been constantly linked with a move to the Premier League, been subject to glowing praise from Rio Ferdinand and had Gus Poyet say he was good enough to play for Real Madrid. Superb doesn't even begin to cover it - he is essential to Brighton and Hove Albion and arguably our best piece of business this summer could be keeping him at The Amex.
Previous Winners: Liam Bridcutt (2012), Glenn Murray (2011), Andrew Crofts (2010)
Goal of the Season: Craig Mackail-Smith v Burnley (A) (35.05%)
Just three percent of the vote separated first and second with Craig Mackail-Smith's stunning overhead kick away at Burnley in those heady days of September just holding off David Lopez's memorable free-kick at home to Palace for the crown. And what a goal it was as the Albion's record signing seemed to defy all the laws of physics to connect with Bruno's right wing cross with a flying bicycle effort. It was a pretty good afternoons work from CMS at Turf Moor given the fact he had already scored an absolute screamer previously in the match.
Previous Winners: Inigo Calderon (2012), Liam Bridcutt (2011), Gary Dicker (2010)
Last Minute Goal of the Season: David Lopez v Blackburn Rovers (A) (53.30%)
Having been absolutely battered for 96 minutes, the Albion are handed a lifeline when deep deep into injury time David Goodwillie produces the sort of clumsy tackle you'd expect from Frank Spencer on Some Mother's Do 'Ave 'Em and a penalty is awarded. With a vital point riding on the outcome of the spot kick and nervousness all around given our recent woes from penalties, up steps Spanish Dave to confidently strike home and earn an underserved point to send those Albion fans who braved the long trip to Lancashier on a Tuesday night home with something to celebrate.
Previous Winners: Will Buckley (2012)
Own Goal of the Season: Dean Hammond v Blackpool (H) (97.60%)
This one wasn't even close as nearly 98% of the vote testifies to - and it's not hard to see why as the biggest victory at The Amex so far was also the occasion on which Dean Hammond scored the best own goal since Colin Hawkin's Hartlepool effort in those dark Withdean days. The two are remarkably similar which will come as no consolation to Hammond as, with nobody around him and absolutely no danger, the on-loan Southampton midfielder inexplicably threw himself full length through the air to nail a bullet header into the back of his own net. Breathtaking.
Previous Winners: Lewis Dunk
Memorable Moment of the Season: Brighton 3-0 Crystal Palace (58.53%)
That glorious, St Patrick's Day lunchtime will live long in the memory after the Albion comprehensively smashed Crystal Palace off the park for the first time in a generation. Two goals for Leonardo Ulloa banished the memory of Glenn Murray with David Lopez getting in on the act with a stunning free-kick. Palace didn't win again until the final game of the season such was the psychological battering they'd taken - if only that run had have lasted three more games.
Previous Winners: Doncaster Home (2012), Charlton Away (2011), Southampton Away (2010)
Penalty Miss of the Season: Craig Mackail-Smith v Leeds United (H) (41.71%)
Games with Leeds United always seem to be entertaining affairs and their visit to The Amex this season was no different. Craig Mackail-Smith had already scored twice by the time he was handed a golden opportunity for a first Brighton hat-trick and the first ever at The Amex to complete what would have been a memorable game over a side who have been apparently desperate to sign him. So naturally, Paddy Kenny saved Mackail-Smith's a very poor spot kick to ensure the game ended 2-2 and the record signing would be off penalty duty for a while.
Previous Winners: Ryan Harley (2012), Elliott Bennett (2011)
Dismissal of the Season: Ashley Barnes v Bolton Wanderers (A) (72.20%)
There are ways to get sent off and then there are ways to get sent off. And this one was in a league of its own in terms of stupidity. Not content with having just returned from a three game ban for a straight red card against Sheffield Wednesday a little over a month previously, Ashley Barnes demonstrates a striking lack of intelligence and foresight by attempting to trip over referee Nigel Miller as the Albion were on their way to a 1-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers. Just the seven game ban for that one. Nice one number nine.
Previous Winners: Mauricio Taricco (2012), Mauricio Taricco (2011), Colin Hawkins (2010)
Flair Moment of the Season: Liam Bridcutt spins out of trouble (41.58%)
With four players around him and seemingly nowhere to go, Liam Bridcutt shows just why he will be a Premier League player in the very near future either with the Albion or more likely at another club as he spins around in a circle with the ball not once, but twice to escape the attentions of his four Derby County markers. The move was only halted when the referee blew for a foul with Bridcutt already racing away - a classic moment of "play the advantage you tosser". It's now a YouTube sensation, no less and proof of how good the holding midfielder is.
Previous Winners: Vicente (2012), Cristian Baz (2011), Inigo Calderon (2010)
Villain of the Season: El Hadji Diouf (33.65%)
The goal celebration of the season from the controversial Senegalese forward saw him net a penalty equaliser against the Albion at Elland Road followed by a 70 yard sprint over to the away section where he decided to start grabbing the old wedding vegetable in what has assumed to have been a homophobic gesture. Cue the magical sight of Liz Costa "screaming for a policeman" and a red card for Diouf as Leeds were reduced to ten men and the Albion went onto win 2-1. At least he managed to get through the game without spitting on anyone.
Previous Winners: Glenn Murray (2012), Nigel Adkins (2011), Dean Hammond (2010)
Sexiest Player of the Season: Andrea Orlandi (54.19%)
Not only has he become a key man in the side in that goal scoring midfielder role as well as playmaker in chief, but now his good looks have been recognised by the Albion fan base as Andrea Orlandi takes home the sexiest player award. Not only does he combine that dash of Italian with well homed Spanishness, but his accent is also something to behold as anybody who has had the joy of talking to him is testament to. An inspired signing from Swansea by Gus in terms of pleasing the growing numbers of those who appreicate a good looking man on show at The Amex.
Previous Winners: Vicente (2012)
Receding Hairline of the Season: Bruno (33.16%)
On first inspection, Bruno's shiny bonce appears to be down to the fact that he shaves it. But delve in further and you will actually realise that he is going bald naturally and the shaving is merely a cover up to prevent him being like team mates such as Gordon Greer and David Lopez who are thinning so obviously through their mops on top. This is the approach favoured by another Sussex sporting hero in England wicketkeeper Matt Prior to his receding hairline and we are glad to see it hasn't escaped everybody's attention.
Previous Winners: Gordon Greer (2012)

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 2012/13 below.

 


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