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WeAreBrighton.com End of Season Awards 2012/13 - The Polls

Aside from the final week of our intended season which has been messier (in more ways than one) than any of us could ever have imagined, it has been another relatively successful season for Brighton and Hove Albion.

Despite Gus Poyet's complaints about his poor budget, we've got to see two former England international defenders show their class, two more Spaniards who have played European football in the last few seasons at right back and right midfield and a goalkeeper with a Champions League winners medal. Oh, and another 2m striker. Who would have thought that would be the case a few years ago?

We've also had the best season in the clubs history for 30 years and no matter who is in charge next year, the club could be all set up for another promotion push. It's just a shame those scummers from up the road ended things on the sourest note possible.

Now it's time for you to cast your votes for the winners in our prestigious annual End of Season awards as the polls open - happy voting!

 

WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Season
Holder: Liam Bridcutt
Liam Bridcutt: Has been even better than he was when taking this award last season. Now a full Scottish international, Rio Ferdinand has Tweeted to say how he good he is and Gus reckons he could play for Real Madrid.
Wayne Bridge: Many wondered whether he was just coming to The Amex for a final swansong but he proved them all wrong by being named in the PFA team of the year. One of the main reasons the Albion had the best defence in the division.
Bruno: The cavaliering right back instantly became a fans favourite after his summer move from Valencia. Another who played a key role in our defensive record despite missing chunks of the second half of the campaign injured
Will Buckley: Despite another injury hit campaign he peaked around November time with claims being banded about he was better than the 15m man Wilfried Zaha. Still young with time on his side, on his day one of the best wide men in the league.
Gordon Greer: The captain had a fair few people write him off in pre-season, with some suggesting he should have been sold to Barnsley! Has been superb again however and that is recognised with a belated call up to the Scotland squad.
Tomasz Kuszczak: The reason that the Albion had the best defence in the league this season. He has easily won the side more points than anyone else. Without him, the play offs just wouldn't have happened.
David Lopez: Took some time to settle in following his arrival from Bilbao but since November he hasn't looked back. Scored regularly from midfield, mainly as a set piece expert he was in the top three for every player of the month for a record five months.
Craig Mackail-Smith: Finished the season top scorer despite his own campaign ending in March with a nasty injury that will keep him out into 2013-14. Was in red hot form at the start with that double at Burnley in particular sticking long in the memory
Andrea Orlandi: Another revelation since arriving from Swansea at the close of the summer transfer window. Like Spanish Dave, he has chipped in with a number of goals and is recognised as the Albion's creator in chief.
Leonard Ulloa: Where would we have finished if the man from Argentina had been here from the start? After 18 months, a replacement for Glenn Murray was finally found and his record since January and that of the teams was absolutely superb.
Matt Upson: If Ulloa was the man who turned us around attack wise from January, then the former England defender was the one who did the same defensively. A rock at the back, keeping him will massively improve Brighton's chances of another promotion push.


Goal of the Season
Holder: Inigo Calderon v Bristol City
Craig Mackail-Smith v Burnley away: Having already scored a screamer in the match, the Albion's record signing went a step further and completed his brace with a stunning overhead kick from a Bruno cross
Craig Mackail-Smith v Wolves away: Another ball in from Bruno leading to another goal of the season contender for CMS, this time with the Spaniard winning possession, crossing and the striker whipping into the top corner from 12 yards.
Will Buckley v Wolves away: Another one for the "good goals v Wolves" record. Liam Bridcutt won the ball in midfield, charge forward 50 yards and then played it to the wideman who drilled it into the bottom corner first time from 18 yards out.
Bruno v Bolton home: A set piece delivery isn't convincingly cleared by Bolton with the ball falling to Bruno around 25 yards out and after bringing it down on his chest, he lets a dipping volley fly into the top corner.
Craig Mackail-Smith v Charlton away: Another worldie from the top scorer, this time as he equalised at The Valley, bringing down a poor headed clearance on his chest at full pace before firing home a volley.
David Lopez v Crystal Palace home: The Spaniard writes his name into Albion legend as, right on the stroke of half time with Gus Poyet's side already 1-0 up, he bends in a free kick via the bar that left Julian Speroni with no chance.
Leonard Ulloa v Crystal Palace home: The team goal of the season. Clever passing down the right leads to Liam Bridcutt chipping the ball into the box and with Andrea Orlandi nodding into the middle, the Argentina fired home a volley for 3-0.
David Lopez v Middlesbrough away: Yet another goal in which Liam Bridcutt was involved, this time sending in Spanish Dave one-on-one and with Boro keeper Jason Steele undecided on whether to come, the ball is calmly scooped over the top of him.


Last Minute Goal of the Season
Holder: Will Buckley v Doncaster
Stephen Dobbie v Peterborough home: Proof that the striker actually did something other than collect a wage before buggering off to Palace with a late winner against the Posh. Unfortunately, it's only one of three goals by the Albion that makes the list.
Stephen Dobbie v Wolves away: Given the Albion's problems from the penalty spot, anything could have happened with this 89th minute penalty. What should have been a fine winner against 10 men only earned a point, thanks to our next candidate...
Roger Johnson for Wolves away: Stephen Dobbie's penalty really should have been game, set, match, 3-2 Brighton. But the Albion completely failed to pick up from a 92nd minute corner as Johnson headed an equaliser for Wolves.
David Ngog for Bolton home: Gus likes to think it's the budget that is why we didn't go up, but dropped points in the final minutes were more costly. Two weeks after Wolves' late equaliser, David Ngog repeated the trick as Bolton escaped with a 1-1 draw.
Nicola Zigic for Birmingham away: Tomasz Kuszczak's one and only mistake all season couldn't have come at a worse time as he allowed Zigic's header which was straight at him slip through his hands to earn the Blues a point.
David Lopez v Blackburn away: Bit of a role reversal as after being completely and utterly battered, the Albion steal a point as Spanish Dave is cool, calm and collected under pressure to stroke him a 96th minute penalty.
Henri Lansbury for Forest away: Anything Tomasz can do, Casper can do better. The Danes first league start of the season ends in disaster as he let's the simplest of shots trickle through his legs to give Forest a last minute equaliser


Own Goal of the Season
Holder: Lewis Dunk v Liverpool
Gordon Greer v Burnley away: Burnley had done next to bugger all as an attacking threat at Turf Moor until the captain decided to divert a cross into his own net. He did make up for it by scoring at the other end later in the game.
Dean Hammond v Blackpool home: Many people never thought that Colin Hawkin's classic v Hartlepool would be beaten. It nearly was when a full length diving header from the midfielder with no one around put a cross into the back of the net.

Memorable Moment of the Season
Holder: The first game at The Amex v Doncaster
Frankie in a Brighton shirt: We sign a former England international left back on loan. Just when you think it couldn't get much better than that, his unbelievably fit popstar girlfriend posts a photo of her in a Brighton shirt. Sweet lord.
Blackburn Away Postponement: Memorable for all the wrong reasons as 1000 odd Albion fans either en route to or already at Blackburn find out the game is postponed at 1.30pm. Cue a big boost to Accrington Stanley's attendance.
Newcastle Home: When it comes to Brighton, Alan Pardew has always been a bit of a cock. So it was a fantastic moment when his Newcastle side were, for the second season, embarrassed at The Amex in the FA Cup.
Leonard Ulloa's hat-trick: We'd been waiting 18 months for somebody to convincingly replace Glenn Murray. With his scoring of the first ever Amex hat-trick against Huddersfield, Leonard Ulloa did just that.
Crystal Palace Home: Easily the best day at The Amex so far as Ian Holloway's side were completely and utterly dismantled by the Albion with pace and precision. If only it had happened again two months later.
Blackpool Home: A wonderfully sunny Brighton afternoon was rounded off with the biggest win at the stadium so far as the Albion rampaged through Blackpool to come away with a 6-1 win. It was as close to perfect as we saw.
Atmosphere v Palace play off: Gus may have had a rant about it, but the atmosphere prior to the Palace play off home game was superb as the teams emerged to see of blue and white and a cauldron of noise. The 90 minutes that followed, not so good.


Dismissal of the Season
Holder: Mauricio Taricco v Southampton
Lewis Dunk v Palace home: It's a  rare start at the centre of defence for the Albion in the biggest game of the season so far away at Palace. So you repay the faith by hacking down Yannick Bolasie for a straight red after just seven minutes.
Ashley Barnes v Sheffield Wednesday away: An horrific lunging tackle left the referee with no choice but to dismiss the striker after 30 minutes at Hillsborough. To add salt to the wounds, Wednesday score the resulting free-kick.
Ashley Barnes v Bolton away: His place as the thickest man in professional football is confirmed with a second red card in a month, this time for attempting to trip up a referee. Yes, you have read that correctly.
Inigo Calderon v Leeds away: The right back hacks down El Hadji Diuof in the penalty area at Elland Road and is dismissed. Diuof scores the resulting spot kick, runs to celebrate in front of the away support and is then shown red himself. Brilliant.


Penalty Miss of the Season
Holder: Ryan Harley v Millwall
Ashley Barnes v Leicester away: Despite Craig Mackail-Smith having been successful from 12 yards against Watford, his strike partner grabebd the ball and saw his spot kick saved, which lead to a very angry Tomasz Kusczcak confronting him after the game.
Craig Mackail-Smith v Leeds home: Having already netted twice, this was the golden chance for a first Albion hat-trick and to secure a win over Leeds. Paddy Kenny saved the penalty to ensure he had a good excuse for a party on the way home.
Leonard Ulloa v Barnsley away: The Argentinian was handed a late chance to net his second of the game and ensure a point against relegation threatened Barnsley but his kick was saved by Jason Steele as the Albion left Oakwell empty handed.


Flair Moment of the Season
Holder: Vicente beats the entire Derby County team
Bruno stepover v Barnsley home: He's meant to be a right back, but the former Valencia man shows just how good he is going forward with an outrageous stepover in Barnsley's visit to The Amex.
Buckley and CMS collide v Millwall home: Buckley and Cms show all the grace and poise of the Chuckle Brothers by running into each other to bring an end to an attacking move. Just what we needed when 2-0 down at home to Miiiillllllllllll
Liam Bridcutt spinning v Derby home: Derby can't get close as he spins around in a circle not once, but twice to escape the attention of no less than four players. A YouTube sensation no less.
Gus Poyet wades into biting row: As soon as Luis Suarez bit somebody, most Albion fans were praying Gus didn't get involved to defend his fellow Uruguayan. No prizes for guessing what happened.
Kazenga LuaLua's celebration: He'd be told not to do it anymore by the doctor, but much to the delight of a record Amex crowd his second goal against Wolves saw the return of the backflip.
Will Buckley scoop v Palace home: It was one of the only highlights of the home play off match as the winger scooped the ball over his marker, ran around him and scampered off down the line.


Villain of the Season
Holder: Glenn Murray
Paul Barber: #FansNotCustomers, no more Gully's Girls and the lovely pie boxes are no more. Profit Paul hasn't had the best of starts to his time as CEO at The Amex in terms of popularity with his drive for FFP.
Craig Davies: The original Barn Door celebrated his goal for Barnsley at The Amex like he'd won the lottery in front of the North Stand. Real shame he ended up on the end of a 5-1 defeat wasn't it.
El Hadji Diuof: Running 60 yards to celebrate in front of opposition fans is bad enough. Grabbing your genitals when you to do so is enough to create the excellent sight of Liz Costa "screaming for a police officer".
Stephen Dobbie: Two goals, bugger all effort on a huge wage, leaves after three months and starts scoring for Palace as they make the play off final before declaring he hopes they go up. Nice one.
Glenn Murray: 30 goals thanks a lot - there is one major reason Palace are in the play offs and that is because of the man who left us for Selhurst on a free transfer. Where would we be with him at The Amex? FFSMurray indeed.
Gus Poyet: You know things have gone drastically wrong when your own manager is on this list. Needs more money or he will resign, refusing to deal with players contracts - more maturity in a nursery.
Wilfried Zaha: Before May he was a diving little man who had done nothing against Brighton. We wondered what all the fuss was about. Then he scored twice to send Palace to Wembley. At least they won't have him next season.


Sexiest Player of the Season
Holder: Vicente
Sexy Pete Brezovan: We only saw him briefly away at Huddersfield and warming up on a few occasions, but that's still enough to know that Sexy Pete is a sexy man.
Wayne Bridge: His missus is unbelievably fit and the left back isn't a bad looking chap either so there expected baby should have all the tools to be a looker when he/she grows up.
Will Buckley: 23 years old and with a gruff Lancashire accent, the wideman has proved to be a popular choice with the ladies this season.
Gary Dicker: Has had a decent season after recovering from last years broken leg and has proven to be a popular choice among some of the older ladies.
Gordon Greer: Has addressed his baldness issue that threatened to hamper his fit appeal last season. Must be easily the best looking member of the Scotland squad.
Will Hoskins: Another frustrating season for the forward but he has put in enough appearances to convince people that he is a good looking man.
Tomasz Kuszczak: Not only is he arguably the best player at the club for earning points, he also carries that Eastern European, sophisticated, good looking man look off very convincingly.
Craig Mackail-Smith: It remains to be seen how much being bald affects his sex appeal, but with the flowing blonde locks and deep blue eyes he was popular before that season ending injury.
Andrea Orlandi: Women were instantly swooning over him after his arrival from Swansea. Good looking, a fine body and that accent makes him the full package
Vicente: No shirt removal to celebrate scoring as we were treated to last season this time around, but the Spaniard still has his admirers for his Latino appeal.


Receding Hair of the Season
Holder: Gordon Greer
Bruno: It's very rare that you see a bald Spaniard, yet Bruno is the thankful exception to the rule. His hairline is Matt Prior-esque in that he shaves it to avoid people noticing he is a shiny bonce.
Inigo Calderon: Attempting to grow your hair if you are going bald is the worst thing you can do. In the dry the Spaniard is ok, but when it rains his lack of on the crown is somewhat alarming.
Gordon Greer: From the alarming rate he was losing his hair last season, the captain's bald patch has failed to grow substantially this time around. Which can only mean he has treatment.
David Lopez: Normally we're too busy gushing over his skill and how good he is on the ball, but those in the West and East uppers will have noticed the hair leaving the top of head.