Pickford wins Save of the Season award

Saturday, 28 May, 2022 21comments  |  Jump to last

Pickford has won the Premier League's Save of the Season award, sponsored by Castrol.

The award was given to Pickford for his stunning goalline stop from Cesar Azpilicueta in the win against Chelsea on 1 May 2022.

After a shot from Mason Mount had hit both posts and bounced back into play, Pickford raced across his line and then dived in the opposite direction to keep out Azpilicueta's fierce strike of the rebound as Everton beat Chelsea 1-0.

It was a save of added significance as it moved the 18th-placed Toffees two points from safety as they ultimately went on to avoid relegation.


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Jack Convery
1 Posted 28/05/2022 at 16:30:52
We won something !!!!! Great save and well deserved. He had a really good season and in my opinion is getting better with age. Unless someone comes in with a stupid offer Pickford's going nowhere.
Tony Everan
2 Posted 28/05/2022 at 16:34:58
Well deserved for his peerless finish to he season.

A stunning save, and a massively important one too. I thought it was curtains when that shot was fired in, superhero stuff from Jordan to keep it out.

Allen Rodgers
3 Posted 28/05/2022 at 16:37:36
Pleased for the lad who had an outstanding season and proved he's England's No 1. Yet some people are still not satisfied with him.
Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 28/05/2022 at 16:46:03
Massive save, and one that probably kept Everton in the EPL.
Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 28/05/2022 at 16:47:56
The best thing about that save is that he made it with those short arms.

Peter Carpenter
7 Posted 28/05/2022 at 20:21:10
Easiest decision ever.
Michael Kenrick
8 Posted 28/05/2022 at 21:08:43
Shurely shome mishtake...?

I've been reading on here all season that the Premier League don't want Everton in the Premier League, and would do everything they could to get us relegated.

And yet here they are, rewarding the remarkable save that arguably kept us in the Premier League... for another season!!!

They could easily have found a Big Club save to celebrate if there was even a scintilla of truth in what so many have claimed.

Derek Thomas
9 Posted 28/05/2022 at 22:49:59
Or maybe it was just a very good save!
Stu Darlington
10 Posted 29/05/2022 at 10:09:11
Very pleased for the lad. Just one save amongst many superb saves in the last 6 or 7 games.

Somewhat eccentric at times but I can't think of another keeper in the league who would have done better.

Lynn Maher
11 Posted 29/05/2022 at 11:33:48
Hi Michael @8.
I’m not sure if this was the one voted for by all fans. I know when I went on Everton website recently, I pressed a link to vote for save of season and I think this was it. I vaguely remember seeing Castrol on webpage.
Paul Birmingham
12 Posted 29/05/2022 at 23:53:07
That save at the time of the season, was decisive for the fortunes of Evertons survival, last season.

It was the massive tonic needed when the Media Hounds and the rest, were praying for Everton to get beat and leave the EPL.

It didn’t happen, and Thursday 19/05 2022, will be as close to anEverton Holy Day, in any century, of Everton playing English top flight football.

Made up for EFC, Pickford and all Evertonians.

That save and the desire to make that save, should be the minimum, every game for the Everton squad next season.

Nothing more and nothing less, “Whats Our Name?”

Mark Ryan
13 Posted 30/05/2022 at 13:54:10
As good as Banks / Pele. Superb save!
Danny O’Neill
14 Posted 30/05/2022 at 13:59:29
I'm still not sure how he managed it. Pure instinct, positioning and putting his body on the line as they say.
Allen Rodgers
15 Posted 30/05/2022 at 14:04:43
Has it even been mentioned on Sky Sports News?
Jamie Crowley
16 Posted 30/05/2022 at 14:07:39
This save was simply sublime. I still can't work our how Jordan ended up outside the goal frame to his right, then sprung up to dive across the entire goal frame to his left quick enough to stop that shot. It was insane.

Pickford's save.
Iwobi's 10-man goal.
Richarlison's 92nd-minute against Leicester that had eyes.
Calvert-Lewin's diving header.

Without this save, as well as the events above, I think we go down. Thank God this miraculous save was made.

Andrew Keatley
17 Posted 30/05/2022 at 15:28:02
Mark (13) - Sorry but no. Pickford's save was fantastic, and of huge importance, and is rightly recognised for what it was – the Save of the Season. But the Gordon Banks save from Pele is probably the chief contender for Save of the Century, if not all-time.

The Banks save was in a game that England eventually lost, and was therefore of limited importance to the outcome of the game – and yet it is so revered because it was a moment of extraordinary excellence by one of the world's great goalkeepers against arguably the greatest player of all-time.

It was not bound up in emotion or framed by its importance to the result – as the Pickford save was – it was just pure out-and-out brilliance that almost seemed to defy the laws of physics.

There is a tendency for the best of the current era to equal or even leapfrog the best of all-time, presumably due to the power of immediacy. Pickford's save will be remembered by Evertonians for many many years, but I do not think that makes it comparable with the Banks save.

Will Mabon
18 Posted 30/05/2022 at 15:52:30
Fantastic. I worked it out from a replay behind the goal, Jamie.

From down on the ground to back across the goal to the save, accelerated to average 8 mph, including getting up off the grass.

Jamie Crowley
19 Posted 30/05/2022 at 18:32:33
Will -

Exactly. Just amazing. I still can't get over how it even was possible, never mind actually happened.

Filthy. Sick. Sublime.

Eddie Dunn
20 Posted 31/05/2022 at 15:52:52
Michael, perhaps the marvellous spectacle of our fans and the gutsy fight against the drop has reminded the powers-that-be that we have a certain amount of entertainment value.

We have England's goalie, a smattering of Internationals, a famous ex-player at our helm, and the best fans in the Premier League. All good reasons to keep us in the top flight and add value to the Premier League brand.

Tamhas Woods
21 Posted 02/06/2022 at 17:26:14
Allen (15) not that I recall, though it would go something like this:

David Jones: What a top save from Pickford

Carra: Erm, yeah, great save. He's come into his own since that clanger against Liverpool in December 2018, here it is and again from another angle...

David Jones: His decision making has also improved over the last couple of years as well

Carra: Yeah, erm, I mean just look at this tackle on Van Dijk in the derby, dreadful, should've been banned for life, compare that to Gerrard on Naysmith, which was just purely accidental but Pickford's come good and kept a clean sheet against a very weak and unmotivated Chelsea side probably reserving their best for the FA Cup final against Liverpool.

David Jones: Everton just two points from safety now, what about neighbours Liverpool? They played yesterday and had a day off today, Sky's viewership went down 3,750% in the process... can they do the quadruple?

Carra: No doubt abar it. They're doin the quad, Mane and Salah staying until at least 2026, dynasty, blah blah blah. Can we have a graphic of their run in? Do it or I'll spit on yer!

Paul Kossoff
22 Posted 08/06/2022 at 17:20:31
Tamhas 21, Brill. 😉😉😉😉😉

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