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WeAreBrighton.com End of Season Awards 2015/16 - The Polls

It has been quite the season for Brighton and Hove Albion. A record points haul in the Championship, a record low number of defeats in a season and just two goals away from automatic promotion to the Premier League. Not bad for a side who avoided relegation the previous year by one place.

And now is the time to recognise the achievements of this remarkable set of players with the coveted WeAreBrighton.com End of Season Awards 2015-16. There are 11 categories to chose from including the coveted Player of the Season award won by such players as Andrew Crofts, Glenn Murray, Liam Bridcutt and Stephen Ward who all left within six months of taking the crown. Curse, what curse?

One new category has been added this year and that is Celebration of the Season. Having scored the most goals in the division the players have demonstrated some excellent ways of celebrating and their efforts in that department have not gone unnoticed.

Happy voting!

 

WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Season
Previous Winners: Inigo Calderon (2015) Stephen Ward (2014), Liam Bridcutt (2013, 2012), Glenn Murray (2011), Andrew Crofts (2010)
Bruno: Captain for most of January onwards, he started every league game of the campaign and put in some sensational performances bursting forward from right back. His most consistent season yet. Wouldn't know he is in his mid 30s.
Lewis Dunk: Once the will-he-won't-he transfer saga that saw him dropped in the opening weeks was over he battled back to become a regular in one of the meanest defences in the division, forming a superb partnership with Connor Goldson.
Tomer Hemed: A superb debut campaign in England in which he notched 17 goals in all competitions. Remarkable return when you factor in the fact he scored just once between October and February. Netted 11 in 17 in the run in.
Beram Kayal: The midfielder didn't start three league games all season and they ended in a draw with Preston, a hammering at Cardiff and a draw with Sheffield Wednesday. Played through most of it with injury as well.
Anthony Knockaert: His arrival in January was the catalyst for that superb run of form in the second half of the season. He weighed in with a number of goals, assists and was generally unplayable at home. A stunning signing.
Dale Stephens: Another player to have hardly missed a game this season, he popped up with some vital goals and alongside Kayal looked to have built one of the most promising midfield partnerships in the division.
David Stockdale: With so many games won in the first half of the season by one goal, his string of world class saves were not only impressive but point earning. Without them, we'd have been nowhere near the top three.


Goal of the Season
Previous Winners: Rohan Ince (2015), Jake Forster-Caskey (2014), Craig Mackail-Smith (2013), Inigo Calderon (2012), Liam Bridcutt (2011), Gary Dicker (2010)
Solly March v MK Dons home: McDons made a right hash out of clearing a corner after Lewis Dunk caused mayhem in the box with the ball eventually falling to Solly March 25 yards out who smashed it into the top left hand corner.
James Wilson v Charlton home: The Man United loanee marked his first start for the Albion by collecting the ball just inside his own half, dribbling past three players and slotting home under the goalkeeper.
Dale Stephens v QPR away: Rajiv van La Parra's corner was headed back into the danger area by Lewis Dunk where the midfielder was lurking to produce a superb intuitive overhead kick with the ball only a matter of feet off the ground.
Anthony Knockaert v Burnley home: Jamie Murphy feeds his fellow wideman with the French midfielder tricking and turning one way and then the other in the box and with the tackles flying in, he unleashed a drive that not even four goalkeepers could keep out.
Anthony Knockaert v QPR home: We've been particularly rubbish at set pieces in the last few seasons. That all changed with this stunning free kick bent up and around the wall and into the top right hand corner of the goal.
Jiri Skalak v QPR home: A quick counter attack saw the ball bounce off a QPR defender straight into the path of the Czech winger who unleashed an absolute thuderbastard of a volley into the top corner from a full 35 yards.


Last Minute Goal of the Season
Previous Winners: Inigo Calderon (2015), Leonardo Ulloa (2014), David Lopez (2013), Will Buckley (2012)
Tomer Hemed v Fulham away: Jake Forster-Caskey's inch perfect pass set away Kazenga LuaLua who earned the Albion a last minute penalty. Up steps Tomer Hemed with nerves of steel to slot home and give the Albion a 2-1 win.
Bobby Zamora v The Leeds United away: A fairytale first goal of his second spell for the returning legend. Gaetan Bong slipped a clever ball through and the veteran showed all his experience to dink over the onrushing goalkeeper for a 2-1 success.
Steve Sidwell v Nottingham Forest away: Anthony Knockaert came charging in from the right, past five men with the ball eventually bobbling to Steve Sidwell who lashed home a 90th minute winner to keep the promotion dream alive.
Tomer Hemed v Charlton away: Another last minute penalty from the Israeli although with the Albion 2-1 up this lacked the drama of his effort at Fulham. Still, another welcome goal as we tried to haul in Middlesbrough's superior goal difference.
James Wilson v Derby home: The last minute of the last home game of the regular season and David Stockdale is up for the corner, causing chaos in the box. The ball eventually falls to James Wilson who smashes home to secure a 1-1 draw.


Celebration of the Season
Previous Winners: New category!
Sam Baldock forward roll v Fulham away: With an Olympics to come in 2016, Sam Baldock and Kazenga LuaLua stake their claim for a synchronised gymnastics spot with a perfect demonstration of a forward roll.
Hemed climbs the hoardings v Fulham away: The striker celebrates his last minute penalty winner at sunny Craven Cottage by climbing onto the advertising hoarding at the front of a packed away end to be mobbed by team mates and fans.
LuaLua's backflips v Ipswich away: Kazenga LuaLua opens the scoring at Ipswich and follows it with a cartwheel and four back flips, after which he falls over. The celebration took a lot out of him as he didn't score again all season.
Knoackert & Hemed salute v The Leeds United: Tomer Hemed nets his second of the game and is joined in celebration by Anthony Knockaert which involved some weird high five thing and then a military style salute.
The players pile v QPR home: After Jiri Skalak's stunning 35 yarder against QPR, every player in blue and white bar David Stockdale rushes forward for a classic old-school style bundle in front of the North Stand.


Memorable Moment of the Season
Previous Winners: Fulham away (2015), Forest away (2014), Palace home (2013), Doncaster home (2012), Charlton away (2011), Southampton away (2010)
Ipswich away: A tough away game against one of the divisions better sides, the Albion put on a stunning performance to win 3-2. It was the moment that made many of us realise we had something special.
Together v Hull City: In the aftermath of the Shoreham Airshow Disaster, the club came together to pay tribute in a moving ceremony before the visit of Hull. It was everything that makes you proud to be a Brighton fan.
Zamora scores in front of the North Stand: Arguably the greatest striker the club has ever had finally did what most of us thought he would never get the chance to do - scoring in front of the North Stand with a great finish v Bristol City.
Comeback from 2-0 down v Charlton: The unbeaten start to the season looked like it was all but over as relegation threatened Charlton stormed into a 2-0 lead at The Amex. Cue a stunning comeback as the Albion rallied to win 3-2.
MK Dons away: Some incredibly sensible pricing from McDons saw 7,000 fans head to stadium:mk where the Albion secured another three points in the promotion charge as the hosts missed a last minute penalty. What a rollercoaster.
Home playoff atmosphere: The best atmosphere at The Amex? Easily. A sea of blue and white roared the Albion on to a dominant first half display but they couldn't quite get the job done to overcome the odds and make Wembley.


Dismissal of the Season
Previous Winners: Adrian Colunga (2015), Leonardo Ulloa (2014), Ashley Barnes (2013), Mauricio Taricco (2012, 2011), Colin Hawkins (2010)
Jamie Murphy v Bolton away: A loose bit of control saw the ball run away from the winger and as he attempted to retrieve it, he slipped over with the result being a quite unlucky two footed lunge that resulted in a red card.
Lewis Dunk v QPR away: 2-1 up away from home against a recently relegated Premier League side and already on a booking? One thing not to do is fly into a totally unneeded challenge to secure yourself a second yellow and with it a red.
Lewis Dunk v Derby home: He doesn't learn does he? A must win game in which you are trailing 1-0 is not the time to make an unnecessarily tackle to take your second yellow of the game, second red of the season and a two game ban.
Dale Stephens v Middlesbrough away: The tackle that some of our support will be talking about in 10 years time. The midfielder wins the ball but in the aftermath leaves a bullet hole wound in Gaston Ramirez's leg. Straight red from Mike Dean.


Flair Moment of the Season
Previous Winners: Chris O'Grady (2015), Andrea Orlandi (2014), Liam Bridcutt (2013), Vicente (2012), Cristian Baz (2011), Inigo Calderon (2010)
Uwe Hunemeier's use of English: It is always good when we sign a player from foreign lands and his English produces great phrases. Take the BFG for example who described the gluing together of his head after a nasty whack as "my bonce is locked"
James Wilson is sick: Plenty of people were struggling with New Years Days hangovers, James Wilson included seemingly as he was caught by the Sky camera being sick on the pitch before kick off against Wolves. (Yes, we know he was ill)
Hemed's penalty v The Leeds United: Shades of Cristian Baz this one as the striker stepped up to take a penalty at home to The Leeds United and coolly scooped the ball into the corner of the goal.
Skalak uploads a photo of himself in a call centre: Jiri Skalak is an absolute joy on social media. His finest work uploading a picture to Instagram of himself as a call centre worker with the phrase "Hello this is Skalak. How may I assist you?"
Uwe Hunemeier & Solly March in the away end: Chairman and former chairman we are used to in the away end. Players? Not so much. There were wild scenes on the concourse at the Riverside as Uwe Hunemeier & Solly March joined the party.
Colin Calderwood knocks over Aitor Karanka: A scuffle erupts on the touchline at the Riverside. As Boro boss Aitor Karanka tries to settle things down, Colin Calderwood comes from nowhere to knock him flying. Totally unnecessarily but totally brilliant.


Villain of the Season
Previous Winners: David Burke (2015), Nigel Adkins (2014), El Hadj Diouf (2013), Glenn Murray (2012). Nigel Adkins (2011), Dean Hammond (2010)
Joey Barton: His performance in the home game with Burnley was the that of the ultimate pantomime villain. Constantly chatted up the referee to avoid a card, stamped on Beram Kayal. How he was on the pitch by the end is a mystery.
Mike Dean: Ah, Mike Dean. To all intents and purposes he was going to book Dale Stephens for that tackle away at Middlesbrough. Then he saw a little bit of blood, changed his mind and the rest. as they say, is history.
Derby County fans: Not only have they been an abomination on Twitter all season, but they also showed real class when booing Solly March after he was stretchered off at the iPro with a season ending injury. Nice.
Eddie Howe: So a deal was all to set to be done with Bournemouth to bring Glenn Murray in in January. And then that smug prick Eddie Howe vetoed it at the very last minute. Remember, we were just two goals from promotion...


Look-a-like of the Season
Previous Winners: Neil from The Inbetweeners (2015)
Bruno - Abu Azarel: Can this seasons performances from Bruno be put down to his new beard? Nobody can say for certain. One thing we do know is that he now looks rather like Abu Azarel, the Angel of Death who is fighting against ISIS in Iraq.
Inigo Calderon - Jesus Christ with short hair: It can be no coincidence that one of the biggest heroes in the Albion's club history who is known for his work in the community shares an uncanny resemblance with the late Jesus Christ.
Chris Hughton - Barack Obama: While Barack Obama's message of hope may have failed with the American people, Chris Hughton has done everything in his power to restore it to fans of Brighton and Hove Albion.
Liam Rosenior - Lionel Richie: When Rosenior was at Hull City he even had the Lionel Richie dreadlocks. Even without them, he still cuts a striking similarity to the man who once made a perfect reconstruction of a woman's face out of clay despite being blind.


Sexiest Player of the Season
Previous Winners: Inigo Calderon (2015), Andrea Orlandi (2014, 2013), Vicente (2012)
Inigo Calderon: After the controversy that surrounded his omission in 2014, the Spanish right back took the crown last year. Can he make it a fifth win in a row for Spain to continue the countries dominance over this award?
Gordon Greer: His career may be winding down and his hair may be thinning but if a rugged Scotsman who looks more like a rockstar than a footballer is your thing than Gordo is a damn good looking man.
Tomer Hemed: The striker is married to a former Miss Israel who is absolutely stunning. That alone means he must be good looking enough to become a debutant in the category. The fact he isn't a bad footballer either probably helps.
Solly March: Many of our fans would have dreamed of nursing Solly March back to health after his season-ending injury and it isn't hard to see why with his boyish good looks and the fact he is an England under 21 international.
Dale Stephens: He may have busted open Gaston Ramirez's leg, but don't let that fool you into thinking the man is a fighter rather than a lover. His northern accent is also a big bonus in making people swoon.
James Wilson: Another one who gets in due to his boyish good looks and his youthful enthusiasm. He is also technically a Manchester United player which despite the fact they are now rather crap has a certain allure to it.


Best Bald Head of the Season
Previous Winners: Bruno (2015, 2014, 2013), Gordon Greer (2012)
Bruno: Already a three time winner of having the best bald head at the club, Bruno has gone a step further this season and teemed it delightfully with a hipster beard of the sort you see often in the North Laines but rarely on a football pitch.
Inigo Calderon: His game time has been lacking slightly this season but when he has been on the pitch - particularly in wet weather - you can still make it that shiny bonce that is beginning to grow alarmingly from his crown.
Gordon Greer: The hair loss that has been noticeable at the back for some time has now crept to the front with receding going on at the side of the head, leaving what can only be described as a classic island.
Niki Maenpaa: We were slightly upset when the goalkeeper with the shiniest head in Europe arrived in the summer with a full head of hair and beard. Fear not though, by the time January rolled around normal service was resumed. How is it so shiny?


Polls close at 10pm on Sunday 29th May. Let us know who you've voted for, who you think will be the winners and even who you think should have made the shortlists but hasn't by leaving us a comment.

 



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