WeAreBrighton.com End of Season Awards 2009/10 - The
As Sven might have
said - first half bad, second half not so bad. That has
been the story of the Albion's season really.
Russell Slade paid the price
for that poor start with his job and after a slow start
under Gus Poyet, the Gus Bus has really picked up pace with
a fantastic finish to the campaign which bodes well for next
And now we are giving you the
chance to have your say on the season with our first ever
WeAreBrighton.com End of Season awards.
There are ten categories to
vote in ranging from your favourite Gullys Girl to the
coveted title of our Player of the Season.
The nominations are all below
so happy voting!
WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Season
One of Russell Slade's lasting legacies to the
club was the signing of this man who has looked
an absolute bargain with stunning goals and a
flurry of assists from out wide.
Only arrived in January, the free agent has been
excellent ever since becoming a huge fan
favourite and one of the flairest players to
ever pull on the stripes.
Handed the captains armband as soon as Poyet
arrived, he has excelled with a number of vital
goals from midfield particularly when the team
Integral to the new tippy tappy style of play
that Gus is trying to instil at the club. Has
popped up with a fair few goals from midfield as
What on earth has happened? Since Poyet's
arrival he has been ab absolute revolution at
centre back, easily becoming the best defender
at the club.
Goal of the
24 minutes on the clock and the winger
smashes home an unstoppable free kick
straight into the top corner.
A sweeping team move ended with him firmly
guiding a volley home from a Dean Cox cross
to give the Albion the lead in front of the
Forster v Walsall away:
Another team move that was ended with an
incredible bicycle kick from the veteran
v Exeter City
home: The midfielder hit a first time
stunning volley from the edge of the box
that dipped into the back of the net.
Bennett v Oldham Athletic:
Cutting inside from the left flank, he beat
his man before bending a "worldy" into the
top right hand corner of the goal.
Moment of the Season
Huddersfield Town Away:
Three games into the season, a 7-1 defeat 250
miles from home on a Tuesday night, thinking
"well at least it can't get any worse than
Liam Dickinson is "sick":
The striker phones in to say he can't make
training as he is ill, only to be photographed
carrying a passed out girl at 3am in the morning
during a Carnage pub crawl.
Southampton Away: Gus Poyet's first game in
charge couldn't have gone any better as the
Albion run out convincing 3-1 winners in a
relegation battle at St Mary's live on Sky.
Tommy Elphick goal v Aston Villa:
Some of the most mental celebration scenes in
some time as the defender heads an equaliser at
Villa Park sending 6000 Albion fans wild.
The Falmer arch erection:
Our brand new stadium is really starting to take
shape now and nothing bought that home like
seeing the east arch erected into position.
Manager of the Season
Couldn't build on last seasons Great Escape and
with the Albion struggling towards the bottom of
League One, was relieved of his duties in
The only manager to remain unbeaten, his one
game in charge came in the thrilling 4-4 draw at
Wycombe in the FA Cup.
Has got the side playing tippy tappy football
and after a slow start led the Albion to a safe
mid table position. Bodes well for 2010/11.
Dismissal of the Season
Kuipers v Huddersfield away:
The goalkeeper sees straight red after
conceding a penalty and initially refuses to
leave the pitch as the Albion head to a
memorable 7-1 defeat.
v Stockport County
On for less than a minute after Tommy
Elphick's red, the Hawk gives away a penalty to
join his fellow defender for an early bath.
Couldn't make it up.
Adam El-Abd v
MK Dons home:
A decent start to a tough looking home game
against MK Dons soon evaporated when the
defender saw straight red for a studs up tackle
after 26 minutes.
Gavin Hoyte v
Wycombe Wanderers away: One thing you
certainly can't do on a football pitch is turn
around and boot an opponent as the on-loan
Arsenal full back found out to his cost.
Gus Poyet v
Leyton Orient away:
Incensed with a number of decisions, the manager
leads by example by getting sent from the dugout
before suggesting the referee needs glasses.
Flair Moment of the Season
Calderon bombing forward at Walsall:
Despite not having played for three months,
the right back bombs forward on his debut
and subsequently takes five minutes to get
Calderon's lime green boots:
Nothing says flair like a pairof lime green
boots, something that was sorely lacking
from Withdean before.
Calderon's shanked cross:
Bombing forward in trademark fashion,
everything looked good until he shanked his
cross miles down towards the away stand much
to H Block's joy.
Calderon's goal celebration at Charlton:
An absolute screamer from the edge of the
box silences The Valley following the
polishing of the boot celebration. Wonderful
signs Inigo Calderon:
Without Poyet, we wouldn't have Calderon and
without Calderon, we wouldn't have this
award. Cheers Gus.
Villain of the Season
Not offered a new contract four months before
the end of the season, the striker threw his
toys out the pram and moved on loan to Charlton.
Nobody at the Albion really had a problem with
the former captain until he scored at the
Withdean and ran the length of the touchline
celebrating towards the South Stand.
Had the nerve to score in the 1-1 draw at Orient
in February. Remains a total prick for what
happened at The Goldstone over ten years ago.
A performance of total refereeing incompetence
of the worst possible kind as Southampton snatch
a draw from Withdean.
Bacon Baguettes: At times this season they
look like they've been mashed up with some sort
of dead baby. Villains for ruining the digestive
systems of many a fan.
Girl of the Season
With her bleached blonde hair and her posting
on NSC, Jo is a popular member of the troupe.
Long brown hair, long legs. Maddy is one of the
more underrated stunners.
One of our personal favourites, Ree is blonde,
tanned and very attractive.
Related Podcast of the Season
The official podcast with Comedy Steve
features interviews with players and staff and
is available through the Albion website.
Broadcasting to the masses on Radio Reverb,
the Roar can be listened to either live on a
Saturday morning or in podcast form.
Critically acclaimed show with a wide variety
of callers and a number of contrasting views on
Brighton and Hove Albion. Not to be missed
Moan In Caller of the Season
An extremely posh man, Charles is not a fan of
Nicky Forster and has no qualms in letting
people know that fact.
Al has many connections to the underworld and
keeps the show updated with the latest
happenings at the club.
A lifelong Albion fan who often lets his Mum
and Dan also join in with his calls.
Full of plenty of unique ideas about managers
and what should be done with Falmer should it
turn out to be a failure.
A timid young man, Rupert was devastated to
the point of suicide when Russell Slade lost his
Polls close at 8pm on
Sunday 9th May. You can tell us who you want to win and who
else you think should be shortlisted using
the comments form below. Thanks for voting.