WeAreBrighton.com End of Season Awards 2011/12 - The
Brighton and Hove
Albion's first season at The Amex has been rather a good
one by all accounts.
Easily surviving in the Championship and even
flirting with the play-offs as late in the day as the
end of March with the transfer record being broken three
times to build a squad that has looked more than capable
of competing with the best in the division on their day.
Albion fans will never
forget the 2011/12 campaign right from the opening game
against Doncaster through to the memorable for all the
wrong reasons hammering at West Ham. And now it is your
chance to have your say on the best from a fantastic
campaign as we open the polls for the annual
WeAreBrighton.com End of Season Awards.
Read on to see who the
nominations are. Happy voting!
WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Season
Holder: Glenn Murray
Ashley Barnes: Continues to divide opinion
among fans but the facts don't lie as he has
ended the season top scorer. Does an important
job defensively and has made the step up to
Championship second striker well.
Liam Bridcutt: He continued his fine form of
last season with another fantastic campaign in
the holding midfield role that quite rightly has
had Premier League suitors queuing up. Only him
and Gordon Greer have been guaranteed names on
the team sheet.
The £1.5m man missed most of the opening months
with injury but has been an integral part of the
side when playing, scoring vital goals along the
way - not least the two on his debut against
Didn't feature until November because of injury,
he slotted straight back into the side and
didn't miss a beat, renewing his superb
partnership with Gordon Greer at the back. One
of the biggest success stories of Gus Poyet's
The captain is another who has had Premier
League interest and it is no surprise as he has
been a rock at the back this season. Vital to
Gus' style of football and one of the best
defenders the club has had in many a long year.
The Albion's record buy hasn't scored as many
goals in his first season at The Amex as he
probably should have done, but his workrate has
made him a popular figure with supporters.
For a man who didn't even have a contract at the
start of the season, he has become another key
player alongside Liam Bridcutt in the midfield.
Keeps things simple and has shown that a serious
injury is not the end.
That good he can make the shortlist just playing
regularly from March onwards. Some say he is the
best player ever to wear the stripes and whether
he stays or goes, he will always be remembered
by those lucky enough to have seen him play.
Goal of the
Holder: Liam Bridcutt v Carlisle United
Ryan Harley v
Having been chased by Gus Poyet for eight
months, the midfielder marked his
long-awaited debut for the club with a
perfectly stunning free-kick to help defeat
The Spaniard gave an early glimpse of what
was to come with a stunning goal which saw him take one defender
completely out the game with a feigned pass
before curling the ball into the top corner
from the edge of the box.
Mackail-Smith v Derby away:
CMS netted his first goal in two months with
a thunderbolt from the edge of the box that
left Derby keeper Frankie Fielding with no
chance to secure a 1-0 win at Pride Park.
home: The first goal of his brace that
helped bring down leaders Southampton was an
absolute rocket as the midfielder bent an
unstoppable effort in from 25 yards out
after a quick exchange with Liam Bridcutt.
Calderon v Bristol City home:
Clever build up play saw the right back
eventually come charging forward and he bent
a shot from a 25 yards after cutting inside
the left back straight past David James and
into the stanchion of the South Stand goal.
v Millwall home:
With just two minutes left on the clock, the
winger stepped up to fire a trademark free
kick with so much power it went straight
through David Forde's hands to rescue a
point for the Albion
LuaLua v Liverpool away:
Six days after his first goal of the season,
LuaLua did it again with another free-kick
from distance - this time deceiving Spanish
international Pepe Reina in front of a shell
v Ipswich home:
The top scorer netted his 11th of the
campaign after cutting inside a defender and
bending the ball past the goalkeeper into
the right hand corner of the goal from the
edge of the box.
v Portsmouth home:
Having come off the substitues bench and won
the free-kick himself, the midfield maestro
dusted himself down to curl an inch-perfect
effort into the bottom left hand corner of
Goal of the Season
v Doncaster home:
A 98th minute winner by a substitute making his
debut to secure a win in the first game in your
brand new stadium. It doesn't get much better
v Nottingham Forest home:
Forest had battered the Albion for 90 minutes
but that mattered not to Will Buckley as he
smashed Romain Vincelot's layback into the back
of the net.
v Peterborough away:
Toby Agdestein marked his league debut by
setting up Buckley as his late effort beat
goalkeeper Joe Lewis who perhaps should have
v Leicester home:
As if three sendings off in a game wasn't enough
drama, Will Buckley popped up with yet another
late goal in the battle for the play-offs.
v Leeds away:
The midfielder couldn't have picked a better
time to score his first goal in an Albion shirt
as a drive from distance secured victory at
Goal of the Season
v Reading away:
A disappointing Boxing Day at Reading was summed
up nicely by the defender turning a cross into
his own goal late on to give the Biscuitment a
v Liverpool away:
A game of ping pong in the box following a
Liverpool corner ended when Sam Vokes' clearance
hit Bridcutt to make it 2-1 to the Reds.
v Liverpool away:
Bridcutt completed his brace at Anfield when
Steve Gerrard's shot on the counter came off the
v Liverpool away:
The young defender's attempts to play keepy-upys
in his own box go drastically wrong as he ends
up smashing the ball into the roof of the net.
v West Ham away:
A fine finish from a corner from the midfielder
as he guided the ball into the bottom left hand
corner of the goal with unnerving accuracy.
Memorable Moment of the Season
Charlton Athletic away
After a 14 year wait, Brighton and Hove Albion
played their first league game in their own
stadium. Flags, Will Buckley and tears - it'll
never be forgotten.
Former Spain international and a man who was
once wanted by Real Madrid, Manchester United
and Chelsea for a rumoured €30m signs for
Brighton and Hove Albion.
The video that became an internet hit as one
Albion fan totally loses the plot as Glenn
Murray marks his return to The Amex with a goal
in Palace's 3-1 victory.
With the Albion down to nine men after just 12
minutes, The Amex was a cauldron of noise as it
nearly inspired the most unlikely of comebacks.
League leaders Southampton arrive to take on a
Brighton side with no win in a month. Cue a 3-0
victory for the Seagulls. Nigel, what's the
big day out at Anfield and the chance for FA Cup
shock and glory didn't quite go to plan
as the Albion scored three own goals on their
way to a 6-1 defeat.
Dismissal of the Season
Mauricio Taricco v Woking
v Doncaster home: Telling his players
not to be overcome with the emotion of the
day, Gus fails to practice what he preached
as he gets sent from the dugout in the first
Leicester away: The left back goes for a
second yellow card for a deliberate hand
ball with the Albion losing 1-0 and just 11
minutes left on the clock.
v Southampton away: Last seasons winner
repeated his trick as he was shown red again
for telling the referee exactly what he
thought after he awarded the Saints a
Burnley home: The Frenchman took
exception to an arm in the face by
shoving his attacker - in full view of the
fourth official who informed the ref for red
Barnes v Burnley home:
And red card two happened as the striker
failed to control his temper, stamping on
Chris McCann as the Burnley player made a
Greer v Southampton home:
The captain repeated his party trick that
saw him claim two reds last season by
smashing Jonathan Forte in the face with his
Sparrow v Leicester home:
A studs up challenge on the ankle of a
Leicester player right in front of the
referee saw the midfielder receive his first
red of the season.
Jara Reyes v Blackpool away:
Another delightful two footed, studs up
challenge in front of a referee saw the Chilean dismissed in the first
league defeat of 2012 at Blackpool.
Sparrow v Nottingham Forest away:
His second red of the season was the result
of two yellows for a ludicrous
challenge and then a totally unnecessary
manhandling of a Forest player.
Penalty Miss of the Season
Holder: Elliott Bennett v FC United of
v Millwall away: More like a back pass
than a penalty as the midfielders claims that he
doesn't feel the need to practice set pieces are
made to look a little silly at The Den.
Barnes v Reading home: A weak penalty from
the striker allows Adam Federici to add it to
his list of impressive saves on the evening the
Royals won 1-0 at The Amex.
Moment of the Season
Cristian Baz penalty v Woking
Taricco stretchered off v Barnsley:
stretchered off like a man with a serious
injury, only to run back on completely fine two
wades into racism row
: A racism row
between the two biggest clubs in the country -
so what was the Albion manager doing wading in
and sticking up for Luis the Racist?!
storms off v Burnley home
: Incensed by the
referee, Gus throws down his coat and storms
down the tunnel with the first half still in
progress, before returning ten minutes later.
the entire Derby team:
The Spanish wizard dribbles round the entire
Derby team before hitting the bar from 30 yards.
Shades of Maradona.
storms off v Burnley away:
Five minutes to go in a vital clash if the
Albion are to realise a play-off dream - and Gus
has seen enough to walk off.
Gonzalez's South American Goalkeeping:
South America is not known for it's production
of good goalkeepers, and the Columbian lived up to it with a
performance of sheer flair.
Villain of the Season
Holder: Nigel Adkins
Walked out on a free transfer for
Crystal Palace after firing the Albion to
promotion. And then scored on his return to The
Amex in the first league defeat at the new
As if scoring at The Amex wasn't enough, he
decided to rub it in with that stupid chicken
dance in front of both the North and West Stands.
Two questionable red cards within 12 minutes
of the start of the Burnley game from Mr Pawson
effectively killed off any chance the Albion had
of taking anything from the match.
didn’t hoof it. We sat in and played on the
break, won 1-0, did them tactically. So when Gus
Poyet criticises us, he’s done well. Fabulous.
Let’s see him in 20 years."
Sexiest Player of the Season
Holder: New Category
Uncle Dennis was a good looking man, but
Roland takes things to a new level as he makes
the shortlist without actually having taken to
the pitch this season.
There is a reason the big Slovak is named Sexy
Pete, with the many
female fans of the club delighted with his shock
recall for the second half of the season
The clubs official player-of-the-season has
not just impressed in the football side of
things, becoming a key man in terms of the good
looks portrayed by the Albion.
At 22, he's got youth on his side and his mop
of dark hair made him an instant hit following
his summer arrival from Watford.
That Latino flavour often gets the pulses
flowing, and when you combine being a passable
look-a-like of Jesus it's a sure fire winner
with the women.
He may have missed half the season with a
broken leg, but everybody likes an Irishman and
he is known to be popular among some of the
He maybe going bald (see below), but the
captain has that Scotish rogue appeal and with
his disciplinary record will no doubt attract
the votes of those who look a bad boy.
The signing from Bristol Rovers hasn't had
much game time this season, but in the short
spell he had in the team he did enough to make
an impression on the eye.
His blonde locks and blue eyes certainly added
to the overall good looking-ness of the Albion
team when he arrived from Peterborough in the
Another of the Spanish contingent, the wait to
see him lace up his boots was well worth it. As
was the yellow card he received for removing his
goal celebration against Pompey.
One reason to hope that the strikers loan move
from Wolves is turned permanent in the summer is
because he is a bloody good looking man.
Receding Hair of the Season
Holder: New Category
He may have long hair that looks particularly
good, but a closer inspection of his crown
indicates that a minisule bald patch is
definitely starting to creep in.
Rumours persist that the reason that Adam El-Abd
shaves his head is because he is covering up the
fact he is going bald. You'll need to be your
own judges of that...
Around Christmas time those in the West Upper
began to notice a 50p sized bald patch in the
captains hairline, which since then has begun
growing at an alarming rate.
Ever since joining the club, the midfielder
has had a questionable hairline, but this season
in particular an impressive bald patch has
developed on the top of his head.
Polls close at 8pm on
Sunday 29th April. You can tell us who you want to win using
the comments form below. Thanks for voting.