WeAreBrighton.com End of Season Awards 2013/14 - The
had a great idea for this seasons WeAreBrighton.com
Awards. Why not name them The Oscars? Photoshop Oscar's
head onto a trophy, build them up as the Accademy Awards
of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club.
And then he resigned. So for
the second year running we've reached the top six, lost in
the play off semi finals and then waved goodbye to the
manager. Albeit in a far more dignified manner than last
Still, the show most go on as
far as the End of Season Awards are concerned. As well as
all the normal suspects, there is one new coveted award for
the best themed day to be
voted on as well which you can find further down the lists.
Reaching the play offs has to
be considered a decent season for the Albion in 2013-14. But
who has shone the brightest for you? Happy voting!
WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Season
Holder: Liam Bridcutt
Injury against Birmingham in January wrecked his
season but the midfielder was on absolute fire
before that. Despite missing half the season, he
still managed to end up joint second scorer on
six and was sorely missed once out.
Liam Bridcutt's injury woes followed by
departure could have been a disaster for the
Albion. But the emergence of the gangly holding
midfielder meant they weren't, with a run of
collosus appearances particularly in the opening
One of the main reasons why the record for most
clean sheets in the division went to The Amex.
Match winning performances away at Wigan and
home to Blackburn stick in the mind and you can
count the mistakes on one hand.
Struggled with injuries in the first half of the
season but a return of 16 goals in a side that
hardly set the world alight going forward was
frankly a brilliant return on his first full
season in England.
A towering figure of consistency, his arrival
from Stoke in Janaury 2013 coincided with the
beginning of the Albion's remarkable defensive
record. Lynchpin at the back, he has barely put
a foot wrong all season.
How do you replace a man like Wayne Bridge? Why,
with an even more reliable left back of course.
Arrived on loan from Wolves and improved the
defence instantly while weighing in with four
goals. A brilliant contribution.
Goal of the
Holder: Craig Mackail-Smith v Burnley away
Forster-Caskey v Doncaster away:
Eight minutes into the game at the Keepmoat
Stadium and the England under 21 midfielder
lets go a rocket of a shot from 35 yards
into the top corner to give the visitors the
v Doncaster away:
That Doncaster game wasn't a bad one for
stunners, Spanish Dave rounding off the 3-1
win with a 90th minute free kick from 25
yards curled over the wall and crashing into
the back of the net in trademark fashion.
Barnes v AFC Bournemouth away:
You'll struggle to find anything better
technique wise than this one. The striker
collects a chest down, plays a bit of keepy
up and then smashes a volley from the edge
of the box into the far corner.
Leicester home: David Lopez breaks down
the middle before floating a wonderful ball
forward onto the chest of the Scotish winger
who brings it down, cuts inside his man and
fires home low and hard into the corner.
v Port Vale
away: Short corners never work. Oh yes
they do. The winger picks up the ball
unmarked and with everyone expecting a
cross, drinks the ball with a ridiculous
amount of curl and backspin over the
Stephens v Charlton home:
What a way to open your home account against
your former side. Cutting inside from the
right hand side, the midfielder curls a
scrumptious shot from the edge of the D into
the stanchion of the goal.
Last Minute Goal of the
David Lopez v Blackburn away
Leonardo Ulloa v Millwall home:
Steve Lomas' Millllllllllllllll arrived at The
Amex winless on the last day of August. It was
only that man from Argentina's far post tap in
from Kazenga LuaLua's cross that denied the ten
man Lions their first three points.
v Sheffield Wednesday home:
Another home game against a struggling side,
another last minute goal to rescue a point - the
on-loan Irishman volleying home from a Stephen
Stephen Ward v Bournemouth home:
To say the New Years Day game with Bournemouth
had been ruined by the referee would be an
understatement. Thank Christ then for the left
back handing home in an almighty goal mouth
Dale Stephens v Blackburn away:
Jordan Rhode's 86th minute penalty looked like
it had given Rovers the three points. That was
without reckoning with the former Charlton
midfielders first Albion goal, a glancing header
from a Jesse Lingard cross.
Leonardo Ulloa v Nottingham Forest away:
Last minute of the season, Reading are in the
play offs. That is until Craig Mackail-Smith
crosses and the man from Argentina heads home to
spark mental scenes in the away end of the City
Own Goal of the
Dean Hammond v Blackpool home
David Lopez v
Spanish Dave gives Bolton the lead at The Amex
as his tame flick on Chung-Young Lee's cross
somehow ends up evading Tomasz Kuszczak and
trickling into the back of the net.
Kuszczak v Derby home:
Dominating a home play off semi final against a
stronger side, the last thing you want to see
then is the ball strike the cross bar, rebound
into your goalkeepers back and into the back of
Memorable Moment of the Season
Crystal Palace Home
It hadn't of been the smoothest of starts for
Oscar in the job as Albion manager so there was
great relief all around when he finally got his
first win at the fourth attempt away at
in five minutes v Bolton:
After David Lopez's own goal gave Bolton the
lead, the Albion turn the game completely on
it's head with three goals in four second half
minutes of stunning attacking play.
buys everyone a pint:
A five hour train journey is more than enough
time to have a few beers. So God bless Paul
Barber who decided to top up the alcohol levels
of every fan who went to Middlesbrough by buying
them a pint.
One game earlier The Foxes confirmed their
promotion to the Premier League. Brighton were
in no mood to celebrate though, smashing the
Champions elect 4-1 on their home turf.
3000 Albion fans make the journey to the City
Ground in hope more than expectation. And then
Leonardo Ulloa scores THAT last minute goal to
secure a play off spot right at the death.
On the same day, Reading fans mistakenly
believe Forest have grabbed a 90th minute winner
and begin invading the Madjeski Stadium pitch to
celebrate making the play offs. Only for the bad
news to filter through. Don't laugh now.
Dismissal of the Season
Ashley Barnes v Bolton Wanderers away
Calderon v Newport County home:
A no nonsense flying lunge on Byron Anthony
results in a double leg fracture for the
Newport County captain and an early bath for
the right back. Incredibly, the red card was
Ulloa v Reading away: With Pavel
Pogrebnyak receiving two yellows within half
an hour, the Albion had a chance to claim a
big three points. Until eight minutes later
when their star striker saw red for a
near-decapitating kung fu kick.
v Nottingham Forest home: Nathan
Chalobah's dismissal for two bookings
sparked a furious set of technical area
handbags between the Albion and Forest with
goalkeeper coach Ruben Martinez being shown
a red as a result.
Greer v Reading home:
It wouldn't be a Dismissal of the Season
poll without the Albion captain. His first
booking comes from hauling Adam Le Fondre to
the ground and then a cynical second half
body check on the same man seals his fate.
Moment of the Season
Liam Bridcutt spins out of trouble v Derby
outfit v Leeds United away:
Want to make a good impression on your new
fans? Wear a black blazer, light blue shirt (no
tie), grey trousers and a pair of chinos for
your first game in the dugout.
Obika overhead kick v Wigan home:
A vital game in the race for the play offs with
the Albion attempting to battle back from 2-0
down. And Jonathan Obika decides it's the
perfect time to send an overhead kick into the
roof of the North Stand.
wanders around West Lower:
Being despised by most Albion fans clearly
doesn't bother Nigel, as he somehow found
himself wandering casually around the West Lower
concourse among Albion fans after the game with
Ulloa penalty v Middlesbrough home:
With Middlesbrough leading 1-0 at The Amex, the
Albion are handed a golden opportunity to
equalise from the penalty spot. But the top
scorer sends his effort into orbit as Boro end
up winning 2-0.
v Blackburn away:
He rarely scores so you can imagine how happy
the captain was after his 79th minute equaliser
at Ewood Park. Joy however turned to confusion
five minutes later as he gave away a penalty to
put Rovers back in the lead.
Orlandi celebrating v Forest:
In the mental scenes that followed that last
minute goal at Forest, the midfielder ran a full
70 yards from the dugout to join in the
celebrations and then walked slowly off across
the pitch, earning a booking for time wasting.
Villain of the Season
Holder: El Hadji Diouf
He is only on the list half heartedly for
being his normal smug self through the campaign.
Most of that was wiped away after the events of
the final day. Are we keeping up now Nigel?
It was an absolute delight to see the
poisoned dwarf sacked after failing with a huge
budget at Forest. The definition of little runt
during the Tricky Tree's victory at The Amex
including that brawl between the dugouts.
The Newport County manager didn't exactly
cover himself in glory in the aftermath of his
sides win at The Amex with his part in the
sending off of Inigo Calderon being particularly
What would the result of the home game
against AFC Bournemouth been had a competent
referee been in charge rather than Mr Hooper?
Missed several Albion penalty appeals and gave
the softest one you are likely to see to the
This should've been the year Palace came
down with a record low points total, completely
embarrassed. Their baseball capped manager not
only kept them up but did it in style and won
Premier League manager of the season as well to
He may well yet get the Brighton job, but
that doesn't excuse him nicking Jonathan Obika's
only ever contribution to football - the goal
celebration salute as seen at Port Vale - and
claiming it for himself.
Game of the Season
Holder: New Category!
Spanish Day v
With such a Spanish theme to the Albion
squad and management, a Spanish Day was held
against Bolton. Which naturally meant we nearly
had as many Scots playing as we did men from
A Brighton game billed Fright Night was
always asking for trouble. But the Haloween game
against Watford passed off without too much of a
horror performance as the sides drew 1-1.
White Day v Doncaster:
Doncaster visited for the first time since
that unforgettable opening of The Amex. To
recreate the magic, the club asked fans to turn
up in blue and white - with items available
discounted from the club shop obviously.
Sexiest Player of the Season
Holder: Andrea Orlandi
Oscar was clearly a fan of the Slovakian's
sexiness as well, using him eight times over the
course of the season until a somewhat woeful
performance away at Hull.
Another injury hit year for the gruff
Lancashireman but he remains a hit with the
ladies for his dark and mysterious complexion.
The hair may once again be thinning, but that
hasn't stopped the captain remaining a popular
figure even more enhanced by his new found
status as a full international.
His new hair style gives him a more
sophisticated look that will appeal to the older
ladies having battled back to fitness. An
absolute gent into the bargain.
The new kid on the block has made enough of a
name for himself to have got into England under
21 reckoning and he does so looking very good.
Popular with the younger crowd.
Orlandi: Last years winner may have spent a
lot of this season in the treatment table but
that hasn't made any difference to his
absolutely stunning looks.
Hair of the Season
The Dutch midfielder isn't just bald - he also
has a beard to go with it, creating the illusion
that his head is on upside down. If only we'd
seen more of this unique combo on the pitch.
Las years winner has continued in similar vein
this time around, refusing to allow his hair to
grow back and continuing to shave it in a Matt
The right back seems to have decided that the
best way to combat his thinning hair line is by
growing it even longer. He isn't falling us
The captain appears to have won the battle
with his crown but will almost certainly lose
the war as receding begins to take place at the
front with potentially disastrous consequences.
He was only at The Amex briefly but despite
that he must rank as the player with the
shiniest head ever to pull on the stripes with
some West Upper fans complaining of being
A definite thinning of his hair this season
coincided with a worrying loss of form. Perhaps
he is in fact the Samson of the footballing
Polls close at 10pm on
Friday 30th May. Let us know who you've voted for, who you
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