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Jagielka named Player of the Season

by | 21/05/2015  Comments (45)  jump
Phil Jagielka was the big winner at Everton's end of season awards gala last night, taking home three awards including Player of the Season.

The skipper also picked up the Players' Player of the Year award and the title of Goal of the Season for his stunning strike in the Anfield debry.

"It's been a great night for me," Jagielka said after the celebration at St George's Hall. "Coming to the Awards, I fancied my chances of potentially picking up the Goal of the Season award with the one that I scored at Anfield but to get the Players' Player Award and the Player of the Season was extra special.

"I didn't expect to win three awards, and to know two were voted by the fans and one by my teammates makes it a night I'll remember for a long, long time."

His central-defensive partner, John Stones, was named Young Player of the Year and recent debutant Brendan Galloway was Under-21 Player of the Year.

Meanwhile, an emotional Duncan Ferguson was awarded the Chairman's Blueblood Award by Bill Kenwright by video from London.

"It's absolutely fantastic," the Scot beamed. "I am still in a bit of shock. I was listening to the chairman's speech and it was very emotional.

"The chairman has been a fan of this Club since day one. When you have a man like that running the Club, it is great for everyone. He always shows his passion and love for Everton and we love him. He is one of us, the man, and it is very touching to have that man supporting you."  

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Chris Regan
1 Posted 21/05/2015 at 08:26:48
Seen the photos, it looked like a good night. Is there a definitive list of who won what?

Glad to see Duncan getting an award too.

And does anyone know whatÂ’s wrong with Bill Kenwright (no nasty comments please)?

Darren Bailey
2 Posted 21/05/2015 at 08:27:57
Congratulations Jags. A very good second half of the season matched probably by only James McCarthy. JagÂ’s only got better with the return of Stones so I think a mention to him is also needed. Nobody covered themselves in glory this season so IÂ’m happy our captain is seen as leading by example especially as he also got playerÂ’s player of the year so he still has the respect of his fellow proÂ’s. Great goal as well so a good night for our skipper.

IÂ’m a massive fan of Big Dunc and IÂ’m especially pleased for him to get the BlueBlood award. Future Everton manager and I for one canÂ’t wait to see him in the dugout as gaffer.

Andy Meighan
4 Posted 21/05/2015 at 09:08:04
A season like we’ve had to endure and they roll the red carpet out like it's Oscars Night. The cold harsh truth is we haven’t had a player of the season – it's been a disaster from the minute we capitulated at Swansea in the League Cup. And to see these failures lauded just makes my blood boil.

Yes, great goal from Jagielka in the derby and perfect timing but did it yield us a win? Did it fuck. It just glossed over another shit performance. They should be apologising to the fans who spent fortunes on them going away and all over Europe. I wonÂ’t hang around for that though... unbelievable. Roll on 4:55 on Sunday.

Brent Stephens
5 Posted 21/05/2015 at 10:33:26
Chris, I heard that a family member has cancer. DonÂ’t know how reliable that is.
Joe Foster
6 Posted 21/05/2015 at 10:55:51
Glad Dunc got an award.
Liam Reilly
7 Posted 21/05/2015 at 10:51:34
Not really sure you can have a Player of the Season after this one - glad itÂ’s over.

Made up for Big Dunc though and especially for Mick Lyons. Many younger blues wonÂ’t remember him but was one of my favorite players growing up along with the Latch and Andy King.

Erik Dols
8 Posted 21/05/2015 at 11:08:43
Liam, if you ask me Jags basically deserved both awards for that goal against the RS. WouldnÂ’t know who to choose otherwise, all players have had great games and poor games, no one that had a allround good season.
Phil Walling
9 Posted 21/05/2015 at 11:08:33
Above this thread there is reference to PellegriniÂ’s inspiring speech at CityÂ’s EoS event. ItÂ’s clear from this account that Martinez is not alone in spouting irrelevant nonsense for not even he would come out with Â’If results had been different, the league table would look different!Â’ Or would he?

Manc mates tell me their manager was taking the piss and mimicking his Everton counterpart. (As if!) Good reading all the same!

Tony J Williams
10 Posted 21/05/2015 at 11:42:03
Definite goal of the season, the timing, the venue and the opponents. Nothing sweeter (apart from a winner)
Trevor Lynes
11 Posted 21/05/2015 at 11:40:01
Jags has been our most consistent defender for years and unfortunately none of the attacking players are anywhere near the standard of the defence as a whole. This has been the case for quite some time and it is about time that this deficiency was addressed.We have not developed a really top attacking player since Rooney and no replacements for Osman or Pienaar are on the horizon internally. All the decent talent we have coming through are defenders.

Unsworth has been congratulated and praised but again it is only the defensive side who are really developing. Is this a lack of talent or is the coaching amiss in not developing attacking midfielders and strikers. These sort of players are the most valuable and costly in the transfer market so if we are to progress then coaching systems need to be shaken up IMO.

So-called lesser clubs than ours have players like Delph and Puncheon in their ranks who are amongst the best midfielders in the league. We are still hugely reliant on Osman and really miss Pienaar as a foil for Baines. These players are all we have in the creative side of our game. It is no good buying new strikers if we cannot supply ammunition for them.

This is nothing new to our club and most of what we have gained in recent years has been through stopping opposition sides from playing by sheer effort. It is about time we had a Â’properÂ’ attack-minded midfielder who could pick a pass and score a few goals himself. That is where our transfer kitty should be aimed.

Paul Smith
12 Posted 21/05/2015 at 11:58:15
Jags was my player of the year given there wasnÂ’t much of a threat from anyone else apart from McCarthy. Still a very disappointing season and a big summer for the manager. I for one will not be staying behind for the so-called lap of honour on Sunday. Glad the season is over to be honest and hope new signings build up excitement for next season but not sure of that either.
Chris Regan
13 Posted 21/05/2015 at 12:23:25
Surely Raheem Sterling deserves an award for sending the RS into meltdown! It's all over the Echo, great panto, as Carra Lad and SterlingÂ’s agent square up to each other in the media.

I truly enjoyed waving goodbye to Gerrard over the weekend and now Sterling. ShouldnÂ’t gloat though, we still have Alcaraz.

Sam Morrison
14 Posted 21/05/2015 at 12:29:00
Worthy winner. Whilst it’s hardly a crowded field after a rocky start – no thanks to World Cup – he has been solid and leading by example. God knows where we’d be without him and Stones this season (previous defences of Alcaraz by me have now expired!)
Andrew Ellams
15 Posted 21/05/2015 at 12:53:03
Not many players in the Premier League could have started their season the way he did and then cleared up at the end of season awards.
Thomas Surgenor
16 Posted 21/05/2015 at 13:43:08
No matter what our personal opinions are of towards his leadership of the club, I think we can all agree that we wish the Kenwright family no ill health and a speedy recovery from whatever situation they find themselves in.

Ernie Baywood
17 Posted 21/05/2015 at 14:09:41
Fair play to Jags; heÂ’s been very good over the last few months. Baines might have run him pretty close. Not at his usual level but but not deserving of the stick he takes on here.

Stones was a no-brainer for young player. He was only really competing with Ross wasnÂ’t he? Or would Rom qualify?

Hopefully next year thereÂ’s a bit more disagreement with the awards on here due to plenty of good performances.

Phil Walling
18 Posted 21/05/2015 at 14:17:57
...... and they will still finish half-a-dozen places above us, Chris @13. What the fuck is there to gloat about?
Dan Parker
19 Posted 21/05/2015 at 14:23:57
Jags unfairly took a beating for EnglandÂ’s World Cup performance and the start to our season with shocking defending alongside Distin but IÂ’m glad he came back out on top. A true Blue and worthy winner. Get in Big Dunc!
Harold Matthews
20 Posted 21/05/2015 at 14:19:45
Well done Jags. Great stuff.
Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 21/05/2015 at 14:37:45
Made up Mick Lyons got an award, now he was a really genuine Evertonian.

Can anyone put Kenwright's speech to Ferguson down on here, IÂ’m feeling a bit low and could do with a laugh.

Chris Regan
22 Posted 21/05/2015 at 14:39:01
Phil Walling, without getting into an argument. I had so many kopites gloating to me over Rooney leaving because Â’we werenÂ’t big enoughÂ’ that I really do get satisfaction when they have these public spats.

If I introduced you to Stephen Tyler, who I used to work with, you would become much more bitter as well. Up to 6 years ago, LFC never ever bothered me but, sitting opposite him, listening to him eulogise over everything red and then spit feathers and pour scorn and vitriol over anything Everton-related changed my outlook.

Tony J Williams
23 Posted 21/05/2015 at 15:05:30
Phil, they may finish above us but itÂ’s fucking hilarious.

Every redshite forum is going into melt down and Carragher getting called knob by the agent is priceless.

Nice end to a shite season.

Denis Richardson
24 Posted 21/05/2015 at 15:13:59
I guess he was the least bad out of the bunch over the course of the season although IÂ’d have given it to McCarthy or Stones.

Hollow award given how bad the season has been but I guess someone had to win it.

I agree with the Goal of the Season award though.

Phil Walling
25 Posted 21/05/2015 at 15:27:19
Hey, Tony, how can you be hooked on RS sites? Surely there’s enough shite on here – but it is OUR shite!
Tony J Williams
26 Posted 21/05/2015 at 15:37:40
Nah Phil, I followed a link on another Everton site and read some post, which linked to others and it was the best 30 minutes read about those bellends for a long while.
John Daley
27 Posted 21/05/2015 at 15:40:44

You know those RS sites work like the video in Ringu, right? Once youÂ’ve witnessed it, you have to pass the link (and curse) onto someone else, otherwise Jan Molby will slither out your computer screen like Sadaku and smother you to death. Then again, unless youÂ’ve got a 60 inch widescreen, I wouldnÂ’t worry too much.

Eddie Dunn
28 Posted 21/05/2015 at 15:35:44
Good for Mick Lyons, a wonderful Evertonian.

In the late seventies, I would get in the ground really early and watch the players arrive, and marvel at just how green that pitch was. I loved his warm-up knocking long balls across the Goodison turf to Mark Higgins.

I can still hear the hollow thud as they belted it to and fro... It all seemed more innocent back then.

Peter Mills
29 Posted 21/05/2015 at 17:25:43
What an appropriate ending to this season - Mick Lyons, an Everton giant.
Colin Glassar
30 Posted 21/05/2015 at 18:03:27
Phil, thereÂ’s nothing wrong having a look into Mordor to see whatÂ’s going on. Merry did it, or was it Pip?, and it didnÂ’t do him too much harm did it?
Murdo Laing
31 Posted 21/05/2015 at 18:08:58
Great professionalism from Jags, troublesome start to the season but his performances have probably been the most consistent all told, certainly of the "back seven" of the team, and heÂ’s very rarely injured.

HeÂ’s also had to cope with the loss of "ying to his yang" in Sylvain Distin, and cope with RMÂ’s insistence on playing out from the CB position, which is not PJÂ’s strongest point. The vote is by the fans and that says it all, well done skipper, hereÂ’s to bigger things next season.

Eddie Dunn
32 Posted 21/05/2015 at 19:33:53
Jags is a humble man, he leads by example, but contrary to many posters on here previously, he does talk to his team. He isnÂ’t the most demonstrative, but I think that the others listen to him, and obviously respect him. He is real "Old School", and is as good a role-model, as anyone could wish for (never mind Stevie me).
Graham Mockford
33 Posted 21/05/2015 at 19:40:17
Andy Meighan

Just a question, how much have you spent this year on going away and in Europe? IÂ’m at about ٠k I reckon and IÂ’m not looking for an apology.

James Stewart
34 Posted 21/05/2015 at 19:52:33
Not for me. He has recovered well but he had a rotten spell where he was a liability. Probably says a lot about our season that he still won.
Graham Mockford
35 Posted 21/05/2015 at 19:51:57
Mick Lyons,

A proper Everton player who played nearly 400 times. I remember him playing both centre half and centre forward.

And of course the diving header against Leeds for a 3-2 win.

Ross Edwards
36 Posted 21/05/2015 at 20:01:42
Chris, Greg OÂ’Keefe was live tweeting during the event and he said that BK explained in his introduction that his brother Tom was in a coma and that our winning form gave him a lift as at the time his brother was severely ill.

HeÂ’s definitely had a hard time of it in recent weeks.

Chris Regan
38 Posted 22/05/2015 at 07:33:49
Thanks Ross, puts things into perspective. Football's only a game after all.
Pete Edwards
39 Posted 22/05/2015 at 12:56:03
What I think needs to be mentioned is that when Distin was dropped and Stones came in, Jags moved to the left centre back position so feel to get back to playing at a decent level after a dodgy start is even more commendable. Well done Jags, deserved
Patrick Murphy
40 Posted 22/05/2015 at 13:13:52
How many partnerships has Jags been involved in at Goodison? quite a few and that is why he remains a key part of the Everton team. When he is in form, the team does well, if he's below par then so are the rest of the defence.

Similar to Dave Watson and others before and since, he knows his position and even if his footballing skills are below the level of some others his positional sense and ability to form partnerships makes him a better player than many seem to believe.

A captain doesn't have to rant and rave to get the best out of his team-mates so long as the other players have respect for him, and when Jags leaves Goodison he will be missed a lot more than any other of our most recent players.

Ratcliffe and Jags have scored at Anfield, how many other Everton captains have done that? - I haven't researched the answer but I reckon there aren't too many.

Graham Mockford
41 Posted 22/05/2015 at 13:33:50

Dave Watson, Kevin Campbell, Roy Vernon, Peter Farrell, Dixie Dean, Harry Makepeace and Jack Taylor.

There have been others who have gone on to be captain who have scored namely Alan Ball and Gary Speed.

Mind you Rats's goal was a huge rick by Grobelaar who could have thrown his cap on it to save the shot.

Patrick Murphy
43 Posted 22/05/2015 at 14:27:06
Thanks Graham - I was being lazy and I knew somebody would do the donkey work for me - There are quite a few in that list - I'd forgotten that Watson had scored but the Campbell goal should have been in my list as he was the last Everton player to score a winner at the other place, let's hope that at least changes next season.
Graham Mockford
44 Posted 22/05/2015 at 14:42:10
Actually I think I'm wrong about Campbell, he's in the list of goal scorers who would go on to be club captain, which means I only got three under my own steam.

Let's hope so it's only happened 5 times in the last 50 years.

Anthony Hawkins
45 Posted 22/05/2015 at 17:04:49
Well done Jags. Think others deserved it more.
James Hughes
46 Posted 22/05/2015 at 17:06:34
Really Anthony? Name them, please.
Anthony Hawkins
47 Posted 23/05/2015 at 08:17:10
Stones and McCarthy.
Matthew Williams
48 Posted 26/05/2015 at 13:18:49
For me Young Stones has been our best player, Jags 2nd and Garbutt 3rd, as for the rest?... Jesus wept, time for a mass cull methinks.

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