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WeAreBrighton.com End of Season Awards 2009/10 - The Polls

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 season.

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
Elliott Bennett: 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.
Inigo Calderon: 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.
Andrew Crofts: Handed the captains armband as soon as Poyet arrived, he has excelled with a number of vital goals from midfield particularly when the team were struggling.
Gary Dicker: 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 well.
Adam El-Abd: 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 Season
Elliott Bennett v Gillingham home: 24 minutes on the clock and the winger smashes home an unstoppable free kick straight into the top corner.
Glenn Murray v Southampton away: 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 Sky cameras.
Nicky Forster v Walsall away: Another team move that was ended with an incredible bicycle kick from the veteran centre forward.
Gary Dicker 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.
Elliott 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.


Memorable 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 this".
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
Russell Slade: 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 October.
Matin Hinshelwood: The only manager to remain unbeaten, his one game in charge came in the thrilling 4-4 draw at Wycombe in the FA Cup.
Gus Poyet: 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
Michel 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.
Colin Hawkins v Stockport County home: 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
Inigo 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 back.
Inigo Calderon's lime green boots: Nothing says flair like a pairof lime green boots, something that was sorely lacking from Withdean before.
Inigo 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.
Inigo 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
Gus Poyet 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
Nicky Forster: 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.
Dean Hammond: 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.
Scott McGleish: 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.
Steve Tanner: A performance of total refereeing incompetence of the worst possible kind as Southampton snatch a draw from Withdean.
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.


Gully's Girl of the Season
Jo: With her bleached blonde hair and her posting on NSC, Jo is a popular member of the troupe.
Maddy: Long brown hair, long legs. Maddy is one of the more underrated stunners.
Ree: One of our personal favourites, Ree is blonde, tanned and very attractive.


Albion Related Podcast of the Season
Official Albion Podcast: The official podcast with Comedy Steve features interviews with players and staff and is available through the Albion website.
The Albion Roar: Broadcasting to the masses on Radio Reverb, the Roar can be listened to either live on a Saturday morning or in podcast form.
The Albion Moan In: Critically acclaimed show with a wide variety of callers and a number of contrasting views on Brighton and Hove Albion. Not to be missed


Albion Moan In Caller of the Season
Charles: An extremely posh man, Charles is not a fan of Nicky Forster and has no qualms in letting people know that fact.
Gangsta Al: Al has many connections to the underworld and keeps the show updated with the latest happenings at the club.
Kevin Ticehurst: A lifelong Albion fan who often lets his Mum and Dan also join in with his calls.
Lionel: Full of plenty of unique ideas about managers and what should be done with Falmer should it turn out to be a failure.
Rupert: A timid young man, Rupert was devastated to the point of suicide when Russell Slade lost his job.
 

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.

 


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