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2013 Barrett Sports Writing End of Season Awards

Posted by Ben Barrett on May 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Barrett Sports Writing End of Season Awards.

The time has come ladies and gentleman for the biggest award ceremony any  Yeovil Town based blog has to offer.
(Until one of you smart arses makes a better one)

That's right, the BSW end of season awards are back and celebrating one of the Glover's most incredible campaigns.

As this goes to print, Yeovil fans are in the process of finalising who is going to Wembley, how they're getting to the home of football and who is paying £52 (plus delivery, card charges and travel) to see the soon-to-be-named 'best team in the west.

It really has been a season to remember for so many reasons, we've got the top scorer in the league and we've had some real fun following our side up and down the country.

So charge your glasses, don your best suit and enjoy the awards.


Match of the season

Previous Winners:  2012 – Tranmere (H) 2-1 Win      2011 – Sheff Weds (A) 2-2 draw.

Nominations: Scunthorpe(a) 4-0, Portsmouth(a) 2-0, West Brom(h) 2-4, Bristol Rovers(a) 3-0, Coventry(a) 1-0.

Runner Up – Sheffield United (h) 2-0 [Play Off Leg Two]

Winner: Sheff Utd (a) 2-0

Back where Gary Johnson began his second stint in charge of the Glovers our season kicked into gear.

Part of the magical 8-in-a-row winning streak that put us right into the promotion hunt, we took on the big boys and what’s more, became one of the big boys. The atmosphere may have been exceptional at the play-off game, but this takes the award due to it's importance in moulding our whole season.


The WATN award for post-Yeovil exellence

Previous Winners: 2012 – Stephen Caulker          2011- N/A

Noms:  Gavin Tomlin (Southend goal hero), Lee Johnson (the league’s youngest Manager)

Runner Up: Andros Townsend (QPR star towards end of the season)

Winner: Steven Caulker


As we predicted last season, a summer at the Olympics was followed by a seasonin the Tottenham first team, but the piece de resistance was his full England debut, complete with a debut goal.

Every Yeovil fan could be proud that an England goal scorer had played such a key part at Huish Park a few years before.


Returning Hero

Previous Winners:  2012 – Gary Johnson     2011 – N/A

R-up:  Joe Edwards

Winner: Marek Stech.

Be honest, who imagined that Marek Stech would be in goal for Yeovil this season? Not me, that’s for sure, I can count the number of errors he has made all season on one hand. Without him, we wouldn’t be in the promotion chase.

The best keeper in the league, they chant. In my opinion no-one else comes close.


Chant of the season

Previous Winners:

2012 – “He Scores when he wants [Andy Williams]"

2011- “Football League is upside Down”

Nominations:  “Byron’s gunna get ya”  “Sam Foley, left a non-league side, to play in green and white”
"We've got the best 'keeper in the league" "You're [Dave Kitson] just a shit Matty Harrold"


Runner Up: “Paddy Madden’s unbelievable, lalalalala.”


“Lukey Ayling, you’re the love of my life, Lukey Ayling, I’d let you shag my wife, Lukey Ayling,  I want long hair too.”

Paddy's song may have been sung more, others may have come and gone, but this little number got everyone chuckling. He will score one of these days.

Image of the season

Previous Winners: 2012 – N/A  2011 – N/A

Due to unforseen circumstances (namley Yeovil's amazing extended season) this award will be awarded after the play-off final. Current nominations include "Super Stech" (Mike Kunz)  "Byron Webster - I'll Be Centre Back" (JRH Media) and "The Three Wise Men" (PA)

Permanent Signing

Previous Winners: 2012 Richard Hinds      2011 Paul Huntington

Nominations: Joe Edwards, Sam Foley, Byron Webster, Marek Stech, Jamie McCallister

R-Up: James Hayter

Winner: Paddy Madden

There comes a point where I feel like I’m sharing these awards out to make it fair, it could easily have gone to any of the players nominated and James Hayter’s position as Runner Up is to highlight his importance to the side.

But Paddy’s impact on this side is massive; before he joined we didn’t have anyone prolific enough to fire us up the table, now we do.

He is, as they say, unbelievable. He's signed up for the next two years and Yeovil fans will be hoping he wins more BSW awards.


Loan Signing

(Paddy Madden and Joe Edwards are excluded as they went on to sign permanent deals)

Previous Winners: 2012 – Jonathan Franks      2011 – Stephen Henderson

Nominations: Matt Dolan, Gozie Ugwu,

R-Up: Korey Smith

Winner: Dan Burn

With more games under his belt, Matty Dolan could have taken second spot and probably got closer to Dan Burn, but Burn’s towering performances at the back, have helped a settled back four become more and more secure over the season.

Maturity beyond his age and experience during a season where his performances got better throughout mean he was the only likely winner for this award.


Lifetime achievement  45-minute award

Previous Winners    2012 Flavien Belson      2011 Craig Calver (Award called “Fringe Player” )

Noms:  Archange Nkumu, Rohan Ince, Ben Gordon, Wes Fletcher, Jordan Cook.

R-Up:  Daniel Johnson

Winner. Dale Bennett

Honestly, what happened there? One second half substitute appearance before returning to Watford because of something or another - we're not sure.


Tweeter of the season

Previous Winners      2012 Paul Huntington    2011 Nathan Smith

Nominations: @KevinDawson10 , @Luke_Ayling8, @edupson,@danburn3, @YTFCOfficial

R-up @Stechy100

Winner: @Sam_foley

He had some fun with #followfoley & gave us all some Cheltenham Festival tips, as well as constant interaction with supporters.


Graham Westley award for Villian of the season

Previous Winners:    2012 – N/A   2011 – N/A

Noms; Trevor Kettle, Karl Robinson, Steve Claridge

R-up: Andy Williams

Winner – Graham Westley

Just, well, because. This new award is named after him, the least we could do was ensure he is the first reciepient, however hard Williams and Robinson tried to take it!

.... now for the big one...


Player of the season

Previous Winners: 2012 Paul Huntington      2011 Paul Huntington

As per previous seasons, the BSW panel of 12 had to name atop three players for the season.

The player voted in third got one point. Second place got three points and each person’s player of the season was awarded five points.

Individual scores can be found below.

Third Place: Sam Foley (14pts)

Second Place: Paddy Madden (38 pts)

Winner: Marek Stech (44 pts)

What can we say? Paddy has cleaned up the club awards and taken the plaudits on a national scale, but for any club to succeed a solid ‘keeper is key.

From last year’s farce of getting through five of them, Stech is our only ever present this campaign and put in some match winning, match saving and all round amazing performances.

It’s not green-tinted propaganda to say that we truly have got the best ‘keeper in the league.

Congratulations to Marek and all the winners of today's Barrett Sports Writing awards.

See you at Wembley!

Player of the Year votes, by person.

Final Scores: Stech: (44)  Madden (38 )   Foley (14)   Webster (6)  Edwards (5)  Hayter (2)   McCallister (1)





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