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WeAreBrighton.com End of Season Awards 2015/16

One of the most memorable seasons in Brighton and Hove Albion memory has been and gone and the enjoyment that everyone connected with the club took out of it has shown through in our End of Season Awards.

We had record numbers voting and our Player of the Season winner differed from the man who picked up the clubs official award, highlighting just how many of the squad have had hugely impressive campaigns.

In another year, our points total, goals scored and only losing five times along the way would have been enough to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League but as it was we had to settle for play off heartbreak at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday.

But even with that disappointing end, 2015/16 will be looked back on with great fondness in years to come. And here are the people and moments that made it all the more memorable...

WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Season: Bruno (40.74% of the vote)
The veteran right back showed no signs of age catching up with him as he started every single league game, becoming captain in Gordon Greer's absence from January onwards and ending the season named in the PFA Team of the Year. One of the most important components of the side, Bruno was defensively excellent and again provided numerous moments of flair on the occasions he bombed forward. He held off the challenge of Beram Kayal in second and David Stockdale in third to take the crown.
Previous Winners: Inigo Calderon (2015), Stephen Ward (2014), Liam Bridcutt (2013, 2012), Glenn Murray (2011), Andrew Crofts (2010)
Goal of the Season: Jiri Skalak  v Queens Park Rangers (H) (84.06%)
It became pretty evident from day one of Jiri Skalak's arrival in January that he had the ability to be an absolute assist machine but little did we know that he would turn into a scorer of outrageous goals as well. The second half was just over five minutes old when a quick counter attack from the Albion saw the ball bounce off an unfortunate QPR defender, straight into the path of the Czech international who hit a thumping first time volley from 30 yards that flew into the top corner.
Previous Winners: Rohan Ince (2015). Jake Forster-Caskey (2014), Craig Mackail-Smith (2013), Inigo Calderon (2012), Liam Bridcutt (2011), Gary Dicker (2010)
Last Minute Goal of the Season: Steve Sidwell v Nottingham Forest (A) (38.97%)
What is it about Nottingham Forest away and last minute winners that have a big bearing on a promotion push? Two years after Leonardo Ulloa's unforgettable header at the City Ground, Steve Sidwell popped up with a 91st minute winner just five minutes after his introduction as a substitute. Anthony Knockaert was the architect, rampaging past five Forest players with the ball eventually bobbling to Sidwell who, cool as you like, lashed home a low effort to keep the automatic promotion dream alive.
Previous Winners: Inigo Calderon (2015), Leonardo Ulloa (2014), David Lopez (2013), Will Buckley (2012)
Celebration of the Season: Knockaert & Hemed Salute v Leeds (H) (32.37%)
Being the divisions top scorers meant that, unlike last season, there were plenty of opportunities for the players to come up with inventive celebrations. That has necessitated this new award, with the first victors being Tomer Hemed and Anthony Knockaert. Hemed had just scored his second goal of the game against The Leeds United and was joined to celebrate by Knockaert, with the two producing some very weird high five combination the likes of which you rarely see outside of a Disney Channel original series followed by a military style salute.
Previous Winners: New Category!
Memorable Moment of the Season: Sheffield Wednesday Home Play Offs (29.29%)
2-0 down in the most unfortunate of circumstances from the first leg, the Albion needed all the support they could get in an attempt to pull off the comeback that would send them to Wembley. They certainly got it with a sea of blue and white and an electric atmosphere that was the best the Amex has experienced so far. It seemed to spur the players on as well as they went at 100mph from kick off, only the brilliance of Kieren Westwood in the Wednesday goal ensuring that it was The Owls who went on to the final.
Previous Winners: Fulham Away (2015), Forest Away (2014), Brighton 3-0 Palace (2013), Doncaster Home (2012), Charlton Away (2011), Southampton Away (2010)
Dismissal of the Season: Dale Stephens v Middlesbrough (A) (68.94%)
Forget the fact that it probably wasn't a red card, Dale Stephens dismissal away at Middlesbrough did more than enough to win Dismissal of the Season. Brighton were well on top in the second half of the most win game at the Riverside Stadium and Stephens had just popped up with an equaliser to silence the home fans. Joy very quickly turned to confusion however as the midfielder bought his boot down on Gaston Ramirez's leg leaving a bullet hole and with blood on show, out came the red from Mike Dean.
Previous Winners: Adrian Colunga (2015), Leonardo Ulloa (2014), Ashley Barnes (2013), Mauricio Taricco (2012, 2011), Colin Hawkins (2010)
Flair Moment of the Season: Colin Calderwood knocks over Aitor Karanka (40.77%)
Things were getting heated as the game headed towards its conclusion at the Riverside Stadium. With Bruno trying to retrieve a ball to take a throw in, the two benches had a small coming together. Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka was doing his best to calm things down in the peacemaker role when, out of nowhere, Albion assistant manager Colin Calderwood comes flying into the home dugout technical area and sends him flying with a totally unneeded hit that Manu Tuilagi would have been proud of.
Previous Winners: Chris O'Grady (2015), Andrea Orlandi (2014), Liam Bridcutt (2013), Vicente (2012), Cristian Baz (2011), Inigo Calderon (2010)
Villain of the Season: Mike Dean (72.79%)
Oh look, the ghost of that red card reels it's ugly head again, this time in the form of Mike Dean being named as Villain of the Season. It's fair to say Dean didn't have the best of games from an Albion point of view up at Middlesbrough with the red card to Dale Stephens being the icing on top of the cake. It looked to all the world like the yellow was coming out, then he saw Gaston Ramirez's leg with a hole in it and changed it to a red. Did it cost us the game? Probably not, but the bloke is still a tool.
Previous Winners: David Burke (2015), Nigel Adkins (2014, 2011), El Hadji Diuof (2013) Glenn Murray (2012), Dean Hammond (2010)
Look-a-like of the Season: Inigo Calderon - Jesus of Nazareth (40.32%)
This was our tightest vote of the awards with just 0.8% in it. Inigo Calderon's striking resemblance to Jesus of Nazareth saw him rally late on to pip Chris Hughton as Barack Obama for the crown. While Hughton may have delivered on giving Hope to the Albion fanbase in a far more convincing manner than Obama has managed as President of the USA, Calderon himself enjoys an almost Messiah like following in Sussex as evidenced by the outpouring of grief following the news that he was to be released at the end of the season. Hopefully, just like Jesus he will rise again and return to the Albion one day.
Previous Winners: Neil from The Inbetweeners (2015)
Sexiest Player of the Season: Inigo Calderon (47.79%)
Spain's domination of the Sexiest Player award continues as Inigo Calderon again defends the crown that he won last season. That makes it five victories for Spain in the five seasons since the trophy was introduced with Andrea Orlandi having two wins to his name and Vicente one. It is also a fine way for Calderon to bow out from the club as appreciation is shown not just for his footballing ability but also his bloody good looks. As one poster on North Stand Chat put it - if your daughter bought him home as her new boyfriend you would worry that she isn't good enough for him.
Previous Winners: Inigo Calderon (2015) Andrea Orlandi (2014, 2013), Vicente (2012)
Best Bald Head of the Season: Bruno (91.34%)
There is every possibility that we may well have to rename this award as the Bruno Award for Best Bald Head for next seasons prize giving ceremony. The Spanish right back wins the title for a remarkable fourth season in a row in not so much a landslide as a whole mountain collapsing. He did of course change up his look for this season, throwing in a hipster style beard for the ultimate head on upside down look but not even that could prevent him retaining the crown as Gordon Greer, Niki Maenpaa and Inigo Calderon were left trailing in his wake.
Previous Winners: Bruno (2015, 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 2015/16 below.

 


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