The final ball has been kicked, and the final tackle has been made at Selhurst Park while legendary commentator John Motson uttered his last words before hanging up his microphone.
It has been quite a season for the Eagles, one of stress and frustration that has ended in a manner that has left us all thinking what were we worried about!
We have once again called on the power of social media along with our debut live radio show to allow our followers on Twitter to decide the winners and losers in this seasons TEB Awards. The team here at TEB got together to agree on nominations which for took longer to agree for some categories than others.
Here are the results of each award as voted for by our valued following on social media.
AWAY DAY OF THE SEASON
2016/17 winner – Chelsea
- Leicester City 52%
- Stoke City 23%
- Huddersfield Town 16%
- Southampton 9%
It’s not all about winning when you are away from home, but it is really! Our nominations this year were perhaps coincidence that they were all wins, and fine ones at that. The result at Stoke is a late addition to the list and while worthy nominations for Huddersfield and Southampton, the fantastic win at Leicester that came completely out of the blue rightly too the award.
BEST MOMENT OF THE SEASON
2016/17 winner – Securing safety
- James McArthur winner against Watford 45%
- Christian Benteke penalty against Leicester 34%
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka debut 14%
- Pape Souare return 7%
There have been a number of moments this season that the team considered and while there were plenty of sentimental votes for the handing of penalty duties against Leicester to Benteke, the late winner against Watford by our midfield machine was the winner.
WORST MOMENT OF THE SEASON
2016/17 winner – Loss at home to Sunderland
- Christian Benteke penalty miss against Bournemouth 45%
- Nemanja Matic winner for Manchester United 29%
- Opening game loss 14%
- Luka Milivojevic penalty miss against Manchester City 12%
Again, there were several nominations for this category but we think it was clear from the outset which one would be the winner and our Twitter followers did not disappoint us.
COMEDY MOMENT OF THE SEASON
2016/17 winner – Sakho chopping down referee
- Spurs’ Serge Aurier throw-ins 32%
- Glenn Murray miss for Brighton 29%
- Pitch invader against Newcastle United 25%
- Troy Deeney miss for Watford 14%
Nice to see that none of the comedy moments did not feature any Palace players and while it was a close run thing that’s to the glaring miss in front of goal by Murray in the derby game, a Spurs player who could not throw a ball on more than one occasion took the plaudits in this category.
VILLAIN OF THE SEASON
2016/17 winner – Mark Clattenburg
- Sussex Police 67%
- Frank de Boer 20%
- Chris Kavanagh 10%
- Shane Duffy 3%
No contest. The failings of a certain police force walked this category, so much so that we are considering renaming this category the ‘Sussex Police Award’ for next season.
SIGNING OF THE SEASON
2016/17 winner – The two Sam’s
- Roy Hodgson 78%
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek 14%
- Mamadou Sakho 7%
- Timothy Fosu-Mensah 1%
Even less of a contest this one which perhaps suggests the lack of signings that could be included in this category, but the appointment of Hodgson is clearly the best decision of the season.
GAME OF THE SEASON
2016/17 winner – Arsenal (h)
- Brighton (h) 39%
- Leicester City (h) 35%
- Chelsea (h) 14%
- Leicester City (a) 12%
In the end it was between two home wins but a thrashing of a side sitting higher in the table could not beat the derby win which fell at a point in the season that the win was a must, more than the bragging rights.
GOAL OF THE SEASON
2016/17 winner – Wilfried Zaha v Hull (a)
- Wilfried Zaha v Leicester City (h) 49%
- Luka Milivojevic v Southampton (a) 31%
- Bakary Sako v Brighton (a) 13%
- Wilfried Zaha v Chelsea (h) 7%
Wilf is the holder of this award and he retained it by holding off a quite excellent effort by our favourite Serbian. It had to be something special and it was, the real team effort of a goal finished off by Zaha takes this award.
PALACE LADIES PLAYER OF THE SEASON
2016/17 winner – Gemma Bryan
- Gemma Bryan 58%
- Ellie Bailes 22%
- Megan Lynch 12%
- Freya Holdaway 8%
Two years in a row for the Palace Ladies striker who passed a hundred goals for the club which is a quite fantastic achievement. So is the hundred goals ….
PLAYER OF THE SEASON
2016/17 winner – Wilfried Zaha
- Wilfried Zaha 49%
- Luka Milivojevic 37%
- James Tomkins 12%
- Patrick van Aanholt 2%
Wilf walked this last season and while he had competition from Luka this season, he walks off with the trophy for the second season in succession.
Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to the losers. A huge thank you to everyone that voted in our awards this season and for your valuable support throughout another Premier League campaign.