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WeAreBrighton.com End of Season Awards 2014/15

It's been a pretty forgettable season on the pitch for Brighton and Hove Albion with an inability to score - or indeed do much inspiring - leading to a relegation battle that we frankly only survived due to their being three even worse teams in the Championship.

That didn't stop you voting in your numbers for our End of Season Awards however which this year were rewarding mediocrity rather than anything significant.

Having said that, nobody can grumble with the winners of the book two - our Player of the Season and Goal of the Season with before of those gongs going to the two most deserving candidates in our book.

Fingers crossed we will have more to celebrate next time around but until then, your winners in the WeAreBrighton.com 2014/15 Awards are...

WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Season: Inigo Calderon (37.91% of the vote)
Showed his versatility and committment to the club throughout the season which, in a year that was devoid of any stand out individuals, was enough to see him just take the Player of the Season crown from Lewis Dunk in second and January arrival Beram Kayal in third. The right back remains the most popular player at the club and was reinvigorated by Chris Hughton's decision to play him as a more attacking wideman from February onwards in which he even turned into a goal machine - by this seasons Albion standards anyway.
Previous Winners: Stephen Ward (2014), Liam Bridcutt (2013, 2012), Glenn Murray (2011), Andrew Crofts (2010)
Goal of the Season: Rohan Ince  v Swindon Town (A) (69.72%)
We haven't scored many goals this season, let alone many crackers but this strike from Rohan Ince would have been good enough to win the Goal of the Season award in most campaigns. Adrian Colunga broke away at pace, cut back inside and delivered a cross to the edge of the Swindon box where Ince arrived and without breaking his stride smashed an unstoppable volley into the top corner. Cue shirt off, swinging around head Ryan Giggs style celebration.
Previous Winners: Jake Forster-Caskey (2014), Craig Mackail-Smith (2013), Inigo Calderon (2012), Liam Bridcutt (2011), Gary Dicker (2010)
Last Minute Goal of the Season: Inigo Calderon v Reading (H) (47.14%)
Things weren't looking good for the Albion on Boxing Day. Not only was this the first game since Sami Hyypia's belated departure, but Glenn Murray of all people had hit a first half double to put Reading firmly in control of a game between two struggling sides. Whatever caretaker boss Nathan Jones said at the break had worked as Brighton came out looking like a totally different side and that believe and spirit carried through until the 90th minute when Inigo Calderon popped up with a vitally important equaliser which paved the way for a run of form that helped keep us in the Championship.
Previous Winners: Leonardo Ulloa (2014), David Lopez (2013), Will Buckley (2012)
Memorable Moment of the Season: Fulham away (47.97%)
Off the back of that late rescue act against Reading, Nathan Jones remained in charge for the visit to another relegation threatened side in Fulham. Over 3000 Albion fans made the journey to Craven Cottage on a Monday night and were richly rewarded with easily the best performance of the season as goals from Adrian Colunga and Solly March secured a 2-0 victory on the banks of The Thames. Cue mental away end scenes, a cracking atmosphere and the birth of Ring of Fire.
Previous Winners: Forest Away (2014), Brighton 3-0 Palace (2013), Doncaster Home (2012), Charlton Away (2011), Southampton Away (2010)
Manager of the Season: Nathan Jones (73.33%)
The first Manager of the Season Award since 2010 threw up a shock result with caretaker boss Nathan Jones' two games in charge giving him nearly 3/4s of the votes. There were plenty of grumbles when Sami Hyypia's number two was handed the task with lots of fans having been openly hostile in questioning his credentials since returning to the club to work under Oscar Garcia the previous season, but those doubters were silenced thanks to four points in two games including that fantastic win at Fulham in which Jones got his side to play positive, spirited football like the Brighton teams of old.
Previous Winners: Gus Poyet (2010)
Dismissal of the Season: Adrian Colunga v Fulham (A) (26.87%)
With Fulham leading 2-1 at The Amex and Brighton going all out for what would have been a vital equaliser, the last thing that the home faithful would have wanted to see would be a red card. Step forward Adrian Colunga for an absolutely pointless foul on Scott Parker to collect his second yellow of the game, followed by the slowest departure from the field of play in known history despite the fact there were just minutes left and his side needed to chase a goal. Utterly bizarre from the Spanish striker.
Previous Winners: Leonardo Ulloa (2014), Ashley Barnes (2013), Mauricio Taricco (2012, 2011), Colin Hawkins (2010)
Flair Moment of the Season: Chris O'Grady waves fans onto the pitch (25.18%)
It hadn't been an easy start to his Brighton career for Chris O'Grady. Six months in and the striker had failed to find the net since moving from Barnsley, resulting in a loan spell with League One Sheffield United. His introduction at Brentford in the FA Cup led to a chorus of "If O'Grady scores, we're on the pitch" - and lo and behold, up he popped for his first Albion goal followed by celebrating in front of the packed away end by attempting to wave the fans onto carry out their promise of a pitch invasion.
Previous Winners: Andrea Orlandi (2014), Liam Bridcutt (2013), Vicente (2012), Cristian Baz (2011), Inigo Calderon (2010)
Villain of the Season: David Burke (64.23%)
The Head of Football Operations may have played his part in delivering the new training ground, but his record in the transfer market was absolutely attrocious and was arguably the main reason why we went from play off challengers to relegation fodder in the space of a summer. Replacing Leonardo Ulloa, Will Buckley, Matt Upson, Tomasz Kuszczak et all with some of the dross he signed was nothing short of criminal and has sent us back at least a couple of season on the pitch. Paid with his job in December.
Previous Winners: Nigel Adkins (2014, 2011), El Hadji Diuof (2013) Glenn Murray (2012), Dean Hammond (2010)
Exaggerated Attendance of the Season: 23,044 v Wigan Athletic (51.52%)
We've had a great time this season comparing the announced attendances with how many people have actually been present at The Amex which spurred this new award into being. Tuesday night games in particular were a goldmine for ludicrously exaggerated figures with Wigan Athletic's November visit taking the crown. A handful of Latics fans made the long trip and plenty of home supporters stayed away thanks to no Albion win in three months, despite which 23,044 were reported as being present. It was later revealed on North Stand Chat only 16,000 had gone through the turnstiles.
Previous Winners: New Category!
Look-a-like of the Season: Lewis Dunk - Neil from The Inbetweeners (32.61%)
He had his best season yet in a Brighton shirt, ended up top scorer despite being a centre back and probably would have won Player of the Season quite comfortably had he not suffered a dip in form in the last couple of months. So what provoked the change in fortune for Lewis Dunk? Rumour has it that it was due to The Inbetweeners confirming that the popular Channel 4 show is all but done after their second movie which was released in the summer of 2014, allowing the defender to concentrate 100% on his football as opposed to his acting career in which he played Neil in the programme.
Previous Winners: New Category!
Sexiest Player of the Season: Inigo Calderon (34.38%)
This award has proven to be fertile ground for the Albion's Spanish contingent since it was introduced in 2012 and once again the winner is a man with Latino blood in him in the shape of Inigo Calderon. His flowing locks, beard and general resemblance to Jesus Christ appeals to those who value looks while his dedication to Albion in the Community and his obvious intelligence prove to be attractive to people who go for personality. Either way, being taken out for tapas with him somewhere down The Lanes would be an absolute treat.
Previous Winners: Andrea Orlandi (2014, 2013), Vicente (2012)
Best Bald Head of the Season: Bruno (69.12%)
Bruno has monopolised the Best Bald Head Award, becoming the first ever three time winner of a crown in WeAreBrighton.com history. Not only did he retain the title, but he increased his share of the vote by a colossus 42% from last years triumphant total. He has played more games and perhaps been more consistent on the pitch than in either of his previous two campaigns for the Albion and that has extended to his shiny bonce with not one inch of hair to be seen throughout 2014/15 - a remarkable attention to detail.
Previous Winners: Bruno (2014, 2013), 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 2014/15 below.

 


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