Southampton F.C. Player of the Season

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Former Saints team captain, English midfielder Adam Lallana, is the current holder of the Player of the Season award.

Southampton Football Club is an English association football club based in Southampton, Hampshire. Founded in 1885 as St Mary's YMA,[1] they became a professional club in 1891,[2] and co-founded the Southern League in 1894.[3][4] Southampton won the Southern League championship six times between 1896 and 1904,[5][4][6] and were later elected to the Football League in 1920 as co-founders of the Third Division.[7][6] The Saints finished as runners-up in their first Football League season,[8] and the following year received promotion to the Second Division as Third Division South champions.[9][6] The club first entered the First Division in 1966,[10] and currently play in its modern-day counterpart, the Premier League.[6] Southampton won the FA Cup in 1976,[11] reached the final of the League Cup in 1979,[12] and won the League Trophy in 2010.[6][13]

The Southampton Player of the Season (sometimes referred to as Player of the Year) award is voted for annually by the club's supporters, and recognises "the player who they feel has particularly excelled for Saints across the season".[14] Initially supporters voted by sending their choice of player to the Southern Daily Echo,[15][16] although later the process was taken over by the club.[14] Since its inception in 1973, 35 different players have won the award.[17][18] Five of these players have received the accolade for a second time, the most recent being striker Rickie Lambert, and as of the 2011–12 season, only Matthew Le Tissier has won the award for a third time.[17][18] Three players have claimed the trophy in consecutive seasons, 24 winners of the award have represented their country at international level, and one winner, Alan Ball, has gone on to become the club's manager.

The most recent winner of the Player of the Season award is former team captain Adam Lallana, who in 2013–14 scored and assisted a number of goals to help Southampton finish eighth in the Premier League, as well as making his international debut.[19] In addition to the fan-voted Player of the Season award, the club also presents a number of other accolades – at the 2014 ceremony, Lallana also won the Players' Player of the Season, Away Player of the Season and Goal of the Season awards, Jake Hesketh won Scholar of the Season, and Jack Cork was presented the President's Choice Award by Terry Paine.[19]

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Winners[edit]

After winning in 1978, Alan Ball later went on to manage the club.
1981–82 winner Kevin Keegan was also named PFA Players' Player of the Year in the same season.
Peter Shilton was the first goalkeeper to win the award, the first player to win the award twice, and the first to win the award in consecutive seasons.
As of 26 June 2014
Season Level[A] Player Position[B] Nationality Apps Goals Caps Notes
1973–74 Div 1 Channon, MickMick Channon Forward  England 607 228 46 [C]
1974–75 Div 2¤ Blyth, MelMel Blyth Defender  England 136 7 0
1975–76 Div 2 Peach, DavidDavid Peach Defender  England 282 44 0 [D]
1976–77 Div 2 Williams, SteveSteve Williams Midfielder  England 349 27 6
1977–78 Div 2 Ball, AlanAlan Ball Midfielder  England 234 13 72 [E]
1978–79 Div 1¤ Waldron, MalcolmMalcolm Waldron Defender  England 218 11 0 [F]
1979–80 Div 1 Boyer, PhilPhil Boyer Forward  England 162 61 1
1980–81 Div 1 Golac, IvanIvan Golac Defender  Yugoslavia 197 4 1 [G]
1981–82 Div 1 Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan Forward  England 80 42 63
1982–83 Div 1 Wright, MarkMark Wright Defender  England 222 11 45
1983–84 Div 1 Armstrong, DavidDavid Armstrong Midfielder  England 272 71 3
1984–85 Div 1 Shilton, PeterPeter Shilton Goalkeeper  England 242 0 125
1985–86 Div 1 Shilton, PeterPeter Shilton (2) Goalkeeper  England 242 0 125 [H][I]
1986–87 Div 1 Cockerill, GlennGlenn Cockerill Midfielder  England 358 39 0
1987–88 Div 1 Statham, DerekDerek Statham Defender  England 78 4 3
1988–89 Div 1 Case, JimmyJimmy Case Midfielder  England 272 14 0 [J]
1989–90 Div 1 Le Tissier, MatthewMatthew Le Tissier Midfielder  England 540 210 8
1990–91 Div 1 Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer Forward  England 158 43 63
1991–92 Div 1 Flowers, TimTim Flowers Goalkeeper  England 251 0 11
1992–93 Div 1 Flowers, TimTim Flowers (2) Goalkeeper  England 251 0 11 [I]
1993–94 Div 1 Le Tissier, MatthewMatthew Le Tissier (2) Midfielder  England 540 210 8 [I]
1994–95 Div 1 Le Tissier, MatthewMatthew Le Tissier (3) Midfielder  England 540 210 8 [K]
1995–96 Div 1 Beasant, DaveDave Beasant Goalkeeper  England 105 0 2
1996–97 Div 1 Østenstad, EgilEgil Østenstad Forward  Norway 109 33 18
1997–98 Div 1 Jones, PaulPaul Jones Goalkeeper  Wales 223 0 50
1998–99 Div 1 Beattie, JamesJames Beattie Forward  England 235 76 5
1999–2000 Div 1 Richards, DeanDean Richards Defender  England 79 7 0 [L]
2000–01 Div 1 Bridge, WayneWayne Bridge Defender  England 174 2 36
2001–02 Div 1 Marsden, ChrisChris Marsden Midfielder  England 152 8 0
2002–03 Div 1 Beattie, JamesJames Beattie (2) Forward  England 235 76 5 [I]
2003–04 Div 1 Niemi, AnttiAntti Niemi Goalkeeper  Finland 123 0 67
2004–05 Div 1 Crouch, PeterPeter Crouch Forward  England 33 16 42
2005–06 Div 2¤ Lundekvam, ClausClaus Lundekvam Defender  Norway 413 2 40
2006–07 Div 2 Baird, ChrisChris Baird Defender  Northern Ireland 79 3 61
2007–08 Div 2 Davies, AndrewAndrew Davies Defender  England 25 0 0 [M]
2008–09 Div 2 Davis, KelvinKelvin Davis* Goalkeeper  England 293 0 0
2009–10 Div 3¤ Lambert, RickieRickie Lambert Forward  England 235 117 4
2010–11 Div 3 Fonte, JoséJosé Fonte* Defender  Portugal 182 13 0 [N]
2011–12 Div 2¤ Lambert, RickieRickie Lambert (2) Forward  England 235 117 4 [I]
2012–13 Div 1¤ Schneiderlin, MorganMorgan Schneiderlin* Midfielder  France 231 10 2 [O]
2013–14 Div 1 Lallana, AdamAdam Lallana Midfielder  England 265 60 9

Performances[edit]

Players[edit]

Matthew Le Tissier is currently the only player to have won the award three times, in 1990, 1994 and 1995.
Player Total Season
England Le Tissier, MatthewMatthew Le Tissier 3 1989–90, 1993–94, 1994–95
England Shilton, PeterPeter Shilton 2 1984–85, 1985–86
England Flowers, TimTim Flowers 2 1991–92, 1992–93
England Beattie, JamesJames Beattie 2 1998–99, 2002–03
England Lambert, RickieRickie Lambert 2 2009–10, 2011–12

Countries[edit]

Country Players Total
 England 27 33
 Norway 2 2
 Yugoslavia 1 1
 Wales 1 1
 Finland 1 1
 Northern Ireland 1 1
 Portugal 1 1
 France 1 1

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References[edit]

General
  • Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987), Saints: A Complete Record of Southampton Football Club 1885–1987, Breedon Books, ISBN 0-907969-22-4 
  • Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (2003), In That Number: A Post-War Chronicle of Southampton FC, Hagiology Publishing, ISBN 0-953447-43-X 
  • Illingsworth, Nick (2007), Saints Preserved: An A-Z of Southampton Football Club, Elephant Books, ISBN 0-9552642-1-9 
Specific
  1. ^ Chalk & Holley 1987, p. 9
  2. ^ Chalk & Holley 1987, p. 13
  3. ^ Chalk & Holley 1987, p. 16
  4. ^ a b "Southampton St Mary's". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Chalk & Holley 1987, p. 21–35
  6. ^ a b c d e "Southampton". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Chalk & Holley 1987, p. 64
  8. ^ Chalk & Holley 1987, p. 5
  9. ^ Chalk & Holley 1987, p. 67
  10. ^ Chalk & Holley 2003, p. 86
  11. ^ Chalk & Holley 2003, p. 361–363
  12. ^ Chalk & Holley 2003, p. 286–287
  13. ^ Shemilt, Stephan (28 March 2010). "Carlisle 1 - 4 Southampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Vote for Your Player of the Season". Southampton F.C. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Daily Echo launches this year's Southampton Player of the Season vote". Southern Daily Echo. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  16. ^ Leitch, Adam (3 May 2011). "Daily Echo Southampton Player of the Season Award 2010/11". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  17. ^ a b Illingsworth 2007, p. 71
  18. ^ a b Kelly, Christian (11 May 2002). "Player of the Year - Southampton FC". Saints Mad. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "2013/14 Player Awards – The winners". Southampton F.C. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "National League System". The Football Association. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "Position guide: who is in a team?". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 

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