Well, it has been quite a season for the red and blue of South London. One that has been turbulant rather than the suggested transition but we managed to get through it. Thankfully we can now look back and breath a collective sigh of relief.
For our awards this season we decided to take full advantage of the power of social media and allow you, the fans, to decide the winners and losers in The Eagles Beak Awards 2016/17. All the team here at TEB had to do was put their heads together and decide the four nominations for each award.
Before the results are revealed, we have to mention one award we had planned to include was cut from the list late on. However, following the recent horrific events in London and Manchester we would like to honour the bravery and excellence of our amazing emergency services in this country by awarding them our HERO OF THE SEASON award.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of those that lost their lives at London Bridge on Saturday evening that leaves yet another scar on our wonderful city.
Here are the results of each award as voted for by our valued following on social media.
AWAY DAY OF THE SEASON
- Chelsea 70%
- Liverpool 18%
- West Bromwich Albion 8%
- Sunderland 4%
We thought this one would be closer than it ended up being but it is hard to argue the win at the home of the eventual Premier League champions didn’t deserve to scoop the award. It was a game that many fans thought there would be little chance for the Eagles particularly when Cesc Fabregas put the Blues into an early lead. There was no need to panic however as within minutes Palace had the lead courtesy of goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke and while there were plenty of close calls, the South London side held on to take all three points.
BEST MOMENT OF THE SEASON
- Securing safety 57%
- Captain Punch 9%
- Appointing Big Sam 24%
- Sunderland loss 10%
This award was a little closer but not by much as fans chose Palace securing safety as the winner which was only to be expected as the club achieved their aim of a fifth successive season in the Premier League for the first time in their history.
WORST MOMENT OF THE SEASON
- Sunderland loss 55%
- Sakho injury 12%
- Swansea’s fifth goal 21%
- Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak leaving 12%
There had been much debate between the team at TEB about the defeat at home to Sunderland with some campaigning for it to be a nomination for every one of our awards. Needless to say the awful loss was voted as the worst moment of the season and would have likely taken over our awards for this season if some of the team had their way!
COMEDY MOMENT OF THE SEASON
- Sakho chopping down ref 24%
- Sunderland loss 7%
- Palace ball boy 26%
- Pulis ‘house’ chant 43%
With the manner in which Tony Pulis left the club rumbling on, a court decision ordering the former Palace boss to pay the club back money was met with much hilarity by Eagles fans. They needed no better opportunity to share their thoughts with a trip to The Hawthorns. Not only did Palace put in an excellent performance that day to secure all three points, but the fans chants of ‘We’re Having Your House’ rightly takes the award.
VILLAIN OF THE SEASON
- Robert Snodgrass 19%
- Mark Clattenburg 43%
- Alan Pardew 24%
- Harry the Hornet 13%
There was a feeling that the diving Robert Snodgrass would walk this one but memories of the FA Cup Final and what had gone on before clearly had an influence as the referee that chose to leave the Premier League took the honours. Take a bow Mr Clattenburg.
SIGNING OF THE SEASON
- The Two Sams 29%
- Luka Milijovevic 20%
- Mamadou Sakho 43%
- Christian Benteke 9%
Has one player had such a huge influence in such a short space of time? It is highly unlikely as the loan signing from Liverpool only made eight appearances but left a lasting legacy and played a huge part of Palace staying up. It would be great to see Mamadou in the red and blue next season but if not, we wish him well for the future and thank him for the memories.
GAME OF THE SEASON
- Arsenal at home 59%
- Chelsea away 29%
- Liverpool away 5%
- Hull City home 6%
While there were struggles through the season there were several highs too. The wins away at Chelsea and Liverpool were superb but the demolition of the Gunners at Selhurst Park will live long in the memory and rightly takes this award.
GOAL OF THE SEASON
- Andros Townsend v West Brom away 29%
- Wilfried Zaha v Hull away 38%
- Christian Benteke v Chelsea away 14%
- Yohan Cabaye v Arsenal away 20%
The terrific solo goal by Andros Townsend at West Bromwich Albion was nominated for several goal of the season competitions but he was pipped by fellow wingman Wilfried Zaha in our award. The former academy product scored at Hull to put Palace into a 2-1 lead after going a goal down with a sublime effort full of skill, pace and power.
PALACE LADIES PLAYER OF THE SEASON
- Sarah Jones 17%
- Ellie Bailes 25%
- Pammy McRoberts 20%
- Gemma Bryan 38%
Our first award for the Palace Ladies has been a real success with plenty of votes in our Twitter poll. In their first season in the Women’s Premier League, the ladies more than held their own thanks to valuable contributions from several players but the goals from Gemma Bryan saw her take the award.
PLAYER OF THE SEASON
- Wilfried Zaha 92%
- Joel Ward 6%
- Yohan Cabaye 2%
- Andros Townsend 0%
Not even sure why we had nominations to choose from in this category which probably had a lot to do with the inclusion of Joel Ward instead of Christian Benteke. Who knows? But what we do know is that Wilfried Zaha has been the stand out performer this season and is our player of the season.
Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to the losers. A huge thank you to everyone that voted in our awards for this season and for your valuable support throughout another Premier League campaign.