brighton logo End of Season Awards 2014/15 - The Polls

Forget the General Election - the vote that everybody wants to be taking part in is for the coveted End of Season Awards 2014/15.

Generally, we don't like to award mediocrity but at the end of the day such is the prestige of winning one of our gongs is such that we have decided to press ahead with the awards anyway despite the disappointment that this season has held.

That poor form throughout however has yielded a couple of positives - the Manager of the Season category can make it's first appearance since 2010 as we've got through three of them this season and it also has allowed us to introduce a new category - the Exaggerated Attendance of the Season.

There is also the addition for the first time ever of the Look-a-like of the Season. Yes, things really have been that bad that we've had to resort to it.

Happy voting! Player of the Season
Previous Winners: Stephen Ward (2014), Liam Bridcutt (2013, 2012), Glenn Murray (2011), Andrew Crofts (2010)
Inigo Calderon: Played in a variety of different positions throughout the season and enjoyed a purple patch through February in which he turned into a goal machine - by the Albion's standards at least.
Lewis Dunk: Aaron Hughes' arrival in the summer looked like he would spend another season as back up to an experienced defender but he won his place back, put in a string of fine displays at the heart of the defence and ended the season top scorer.
Rohan Ince: A second fine campaign in a row for the young holding midfielder in which he score a couple of absolute peaches. Continues to learn the trade but constantly impresses with his athleticism in the middle of the park.
Beram Kayal: Only arrived in January from Celtic for 325,000 but that is looking like an absolute bargain as he was without a doubt the star player in the second half of the season. Different class to any of his team mates as the Albion survived the drop.
David Stockdale: Divides opinion among the fans as for every three or four top draw saves there seems to be one howler thrown in for good measure. He has certainly earned his fair share of points to ensure the Seagulls remain a Championship club.
Joao Teixeira: Highly rated by Liverpool and it wasn't hard to see why during two blistering spells at the start and middle of the season in which he struck fear into opposition hearts as our only creative player.

Goal of the Season
Previous Winners: Jake Forster-Caskey (2014), Craig Mackail-Smith (2013), Inigo Calderon (2012), Liam Bridcutt (2011), Gary Dicker (2010)
Rohan Ince v Swindon away: A great counter attacking goal saw Adrian Colunga break away, cut back and cross to the edge of the box where Rohan Ince arrived and without breaking stride powered a first time volley into the roof of the net.
Danny Holla v Brentford away: Danny Holla looked quite the player in his opening few games for the club, none more so than when he bent one into the cup corner from 25 yards away at Brentford.
Bruno v Cardiff home: This was the sort of goal that would have made Gus Poyet cry and Albion fans scream "HOOOF" a few years ago. A 50 yard pass from Lewis Dunk is guided over David Marshall on the volley from the advancing right back.
Sam Baldock v Ipswich home: Playing in his new position out on the left, the striker collected the ball out wide, cut inside and unleashed a devastating effort through a crowd of players that flew into the corner of the Tractor Boys goal.
Matt Kilgallon v Blackburn away: Scoring any sort of goal from mid March onwards was a struggle, so praise be to Blackburn captain Matt Kilgallon whose bullet header from a Chris O'Grady cross ensured the Albion left Ewood Park with a vital win.

Last Minute Goal of the Season
Previous Winners: Leonardo Ulloa (2014), David Lopez (2013), Will Buckley (2012)
Lewis Dunk v Charlton home: The centre back was beginning to make a name for himself as a goalscorer having already notched earlier in Charlton's visit to The Amex before adding a 90th minute equaliser for a vital point in a 2-2 draw.
Inigo Calderon v Reading home: Nathan Jones' first game in caretaker charge looked dead and buried after Glenn Murray gave Reading an early 2-0 lead. The Albion showed fight and spirit to battle back and take a point thanks to the right backs late leveller.
Lewis Dunk v Brentford away: An FA Cup replay was the last thing that was needed in the midst of a relegation battle. Step forward then Lewis Dunk whose goal in the 88th minute set the Albion on their way to a rare win at Griffin Park...
Chris O'Grady v Brentford away: And that Dunk effort wasn't the only late goal in west London that day, Chris O'Grady notching his first for the club to secure a glamour tie with Arsenal and cue an emotional post match interview from The Rock look-a-like

Memorable Moment of the Season
Previous Winners: Forest away (2014), Palace home (2013), Doncaster home (2012), Charlton away (2011), Southampton away (2010)
Sami Hyypia resigns: With the Albion in the relegation zone and having recorded one league win in 18, Sami Hyypia finally did the decent thing and resigned to relieve all around that maybe we'd now have a chance of staying up.
Fulham away: A week after the resignation, caretaker boss Nathan Jones took his side to Fulham and in front of over 3000 fans singing their hearts out at Craven Cottage, recorded a 2-0 win that was just like the Brighton of old.
Ipswich home: The Tractor Boys were on an excellent run of form when they arrived at The Amex but they couldn't cope with the best home performance of the season as Chris Hughton recorded his first home win in style.
Scoring a goal at Wigan: Over a month had passed since a Brighton player found the net so Dale Stephens goal at Wigan was extremely memorable. In true Brighton style we of course went and conceded again but at least we had finally managed to score.
Season ends: It's been an absolutely dreadful season so perhaps the greatest moment was when it finally all came to an end with the final whistle at Middlesbrough and the relief that we wouldn't have to watch that rubbish for at least three months.


Manager of theSeason
Previous Winners: Gus Poyet (2010)
Sami Hyypia: Arrived in the summer amid something of a fanfare after guiding Bayer Leverkusen into the Champions League but never really got to grips with the Championship thanks to his stupid wing backs system and some spectacularly poor signings.
Nathan Jones: The only Albion manager to remain unbeaten, he inspired the side back from 2-0 down at home to Reading as well as that win at Fulham which set the foundations for Chris Hughton to lead us away from relegation.
Chris Hughton: Began life with a bang playing decent football and picking up wins all over the place before a terrible end to the campaign in which only one win was registered from the middle of March - and that came thanks to an own goal.

Dismissal of the Season
Previous Winners: Leonardo Ulloa (2014), Ashley Barnes (2013), Mauricio Taricco (2012, 2011), Colin Hawkins (2010)
Andrew Crofts v Sheffield Wednesay home: The Albion midfielder lasts a grand total of 50 minutes of his first game back after six months out injured before receiving a straight red for a horror tackle on Sam Hutchinson.
Inigo Calderon v Burton Albion away: What do you do when you are 3-0 up against League Two opponents and cruising into the last 16 of the COCup? Why, put in a ridiculous tackle in the 88th minute to get yourself a straight red card, of course.
Kazenga LuaLua v Huddersfield away: The last minute of a tough game away from home when you are holding on for a draw is not the best time to make a rash challenge for your second yellow of the evening and first red card of your career Kazenga.
Adrian Colunga v Fulham home: Another late red card, this time for the striker for a needless foul on Scott Parker. And then to top it off he proceeded to walk as slowly off the pitch as possible with the clock running down and the Albion 2-1 behind.
Bruno v Wolves away: Bruno completely loses his bald head with a ridiculous two footed lunge to earn a straight red with 50 minutes played and the Albion 1-0 up away from home and looking reasonably comfortable chasing only a second win 18 games.
Lewis Dunk v Brentford home: Already on a yellow card after a pretty silly foul in first half stoppage time, Lewis Dunk decides the best course of action in the circumstances is to push an opponent to the ground right in front of the referee to earn a second booking.

Flair Moment of the Season
Previous Winners: Andrea Orlandi (2014), Liam Bridcutt (2013), Vicente (2012), Cristian Baz (2011), Inigo Calderon (2010)
Kemy Agustien's red beard: His contribution on the pitch over two seasons at The Amex amounts to the sum total of bugger all. In fact, the only good thing he has done came at the start of the season when he died his goatee beard bright red.
Paddy McCourt takes on the Middlebsrough team: The Derry Pele glided his way past half of the Middlesbrough team on a solo run from his own half before firing just wide. Like a bearded, alcoholic slower version of Vicente.
Adrian Colunga penalty v Norwich: A15 minutes left at Carrow Road and Brighton are awarded a penalty to take the lead against the promotion chasers. Up steps Adrian Colunga who does a little dance in his run up on the way to rolling it into the corner.
Darren Bent celebration v Fulham: Darren Bent marked his debut for Brighton by scoring against his former club. Not content with that, he sprinted from the North Stand to the South to celebrate in front of the visiting fans, Adebayor style.
Chris O'Grady waves fans onto pitch: "If O'Grady scores, we're on the pitch" was sung loud and proud on the Griffin Park terraces. And the striker duly did, celebrating in front of the away end by waving the fans to come and join him. Nobody did.
David Stockdale's Twitter meltdown: Not content with rowing with the WeAreBrighton team about his weight, the Albion goalkeeper seeks out a month old tweet from Adam Virgo and proceeds to spend the evening arguing with him about it.

Villain of the Season
Previous Winners: Nigel Adkins (2014), El Hadj Diouf (2013), Glenn Murray (2012). Nigel Adkins (2011), Dean Hammond (2010)
David Burke: The Head of Football Operations had an absolute terrible time of it during his spell at The Amex, culminating in the terrible summer transfer business that left Hyypia with a squad ill equipped for the division. Sacked in December, thank Christ.
Schteve McClaren: His Derby County side may have battered us at The Amex when we somehow took the three points, but to say the Albion's goals were lacking in quality was sour grapes at it's absolute worst.
Glenn Murray: It was another case of FFS Murray, this time with the former striker in a Reading shirt rather than that of Palace as he scored twice in the first half to put the Biscuitment into a 2-0 lead on Boxing Day.
Gus Poyet: Not contented with turning Liam Bridcutt's head the previous year, the former Albion manager then took Will Buckley off us in the summer as well. Still, he'd hit that much fabled glass ceiling by the end of the season. Shame.

Exaggerated Attendance of the Season
Previous Winners: New category!
Cardiff City - 23,712 : With Cardiff once again given a Tuesday night game at The Amex, the away end was particularly bare for this one, despite which there was apparently a crowd present of nearly 24,000.
Wigan Athletic - 23,044: It was later confirmed that the actual attendance for Wigan's visit was just over 16,000, with a whopping 7,000 ticket holders therefore deciding not to attend and missing a first league win since August courtesy of Gary Gardner.
Reading - 26,173: Boxing Day represented a bit of a travel nightmare in terms of getting to Falmer given the reliance on public transport. So fair play to the 26,000+ who supposedly were in attendance.
Huddersfield Town - 23,270: Another Tuesday night meeting with opponents from miles away meant a low away attendance. The fact the Albion hadn't scored a goal of their own for a month also meant a low home attendance.

Look-a-like of the Season
Previous Winners: New category!
Sam Baldock - Ed Miliband : It is far too much of a coincidence that the summer signing for Bristol City missed the second half of the season "injured" at just the same time as Labour leader Ed Miliband was hitting the campaign trail.
Inigo Calderon - Fernando Alonso: The double Formula One world champion moved over the winter from Ferrari to the terrible car of McLaren. With less pressure on his grand prix career, the result has been a reinvention as a goal scoring right midfielder.
Lewis Dunk - Neil from The Inbetweeners: If you believe what you read, then The Inbetweeners were done after their second movie which has allowed Dunk to concentrate 100% on his football this season. The result? Top scorer and his best campaign yet.
Chris Hughton - Barack Obama: Both men arrived amongst great hope and initially lived up to the hype. Fingers cross Hughton doesn't go the same way as the President, otherwise in the cut throat world of football he won't be lasting four more years.
Chris O'Grady - The Rock: O'Grady became The Peoples Champion of the Albion when he returned from a loan spell at Sheffield United to score at Brentford and give an uplifting and emotional interval. We certainly smell what he is cooking.

Sexiest Player of the Season
Previous Winners: Andrea Orlandi (2014, 2013), Vicente (2012)
Joe Bennett: The young Aston Villa left back has come in and although not been as good on the pitch as his two predecessors Wayne Bridge and Stephen Ward, he has certainly added to the eye candy factor.
Inigo Calderon: We caused quite the stir last year by leaving out the Basque man from the shortlist but no such mistake has been made this time around with the right back offering a Spanish option following the sad departure of Andrea Orlandi.
Gordon Greer: If designer stubble and an ever growing bald patch that screams "I am a man with experience" are what gets you going, then look no further than the rugged Scotland international and Albion club captain.
Rohan Ince: Those deep eyes, that silky voice and not to mention the rumoured python if you listen to one of the more interesting songs in homage to the midfielder. He could be the full package.
Craig Mackail-Smith: A stylish mop of blonde hair, delightful blue eyes and it is well agreed that he is one of the nicest men in football. Brighton will be a poorer place without the clubs record signing brightening things up.
Solly March: He may not have played much this season owing to a succession of injuries but he has still done enough to make the cut for the sexiest player list. An England under 21 international and a man with youth on his side.
Dale Stephens: Another new addition to the options having controversially missed out on selection last year. Back from injury and now fully operational, the midfielder is bags of fun as his tweeted photo of himself dressed as Harry Potter goes to prove.
Joao Teixeira: His season may have come to a premature end with that broken leg but there should be no shortage of Albion fans wanting to nurse him back to health with his sun kissed Portuguese good looks.

Best Bald Head of the Season
Previous Winners: Bruno (2014, 2013), Gordon Greer (2012)
Kemy Agustien: Given that he is partial to tweeting ridiculous selfies and he died his beard red earlier in the campaign, it is no wonder that rumours that Agustien achieves such a shiny head by polishing it have begun to spread like wildfire.
Ali al-Habsi: He was only here for one game but in it he sported the ultimate bald man approach, going for the bald head with beard combo that forever gives the impression of a man with his head on upside down.
Bruno: The Spanish right back takes the Matt Prior approach to his shiny bonce, shaving it in such away that it appears to be going naturally. That formula has won him this award for the past two seasons so he would be mad to change it now.
Inigo Calderon: Sit in the upper tiers of the West or East stand and it has been noticable for sometime now that despite his Jesus of Nazareth style long locks, the popular Mr Calderon is developing a 50p piece of visible scalp on his crown.
Gordon Greer: Seems to stemmed the loss from back in the last season but is now beginning to go from the front to the point where he can often be seen now leaving games wearing a beanie hat to cover up this disastrous turn of events.