Southampton F.C. Player of the Season

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Oriol Romeu is the current holder of both the Southern Daily Echo and the club's Southampton F.C. Player of the Season awards for the 2016–17 season.

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 award is voted for annually by the club's supporters, who send their choice of player to the Southern Daily Echo, a local newspaper.[14] Since its inception in 1973, 36 different players have won the award.[15][16][17] Six of these players have received the accolade for a second time, and as of 2016 only Matt Le Tissier has won the award for a third time.[16][17] Three players have won in consecutive seasons, 28 winners have represented their country at international level, and one winner (Alan Ball) has gone on to become the club's manager.[15] The most recent winner of the award is Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu for the 2016–17 season.[18]

In recent years, the club has also presented its own Player of the Season award, alongside other end-of-season accolades.[19] The most recent winner of the club-run Fans' Player of the Season award is Southern Daily Echo Player of the Season winner Romeu, who was also named Players' Player of the Season.[20] Japanese defender Maya Yoshida was presented the President's Choice Award by Honorary President Terry Paine, Sofiane Boufal won the award for Goal of the Season for his strike against Sunderland in the EFL Cup, Jake Vokins won the Scholar of the Season award, and Phoebe Williams was named the inaugural Girls' Regional Talent Club Player of the Season.[20]

Table key[edit]

Winners[edit]

As of 13 May 2017
1978 winner Alan Ball is the only player to have won the award and gone on to manage the club (from 1994 to 1995).
Kevin Keegan won the award in 1981–82, the same year he won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.
Peter Shilton was the first goalkeeper to win the award, the first player to win it twice, and the first player to win it in two consecutive seasons.
To date, Matt Le Tissier is the only player to receive the accolade on three occasions (in 1990, 1994 and 1995).

Southern Daily Echo award[edit]

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, MattMatt 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, MattMatt Le Tissier (2) Midfielder  England 540 210 8 [I]
1994–95 Div 1 Le Tissier, MattMatt 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 Ostenstad, 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 301 0 0
2009–10 Div 3¤ Lambert, RickieRickie Lambert Forward  England 235 117 11
2010–11 Div 3 Fonte, JoséJosé Fonte Defender  Portugal 288 15 20
2011–12 Div 2¤ Lambert, RickieRickie Lambert (2) Forward  England 235 117 11 [I]
2012–13 Div 1¤ Schneiderlin, MorganMorgan Schneiderlin Midfielder  France 261 15 13
2013–14 Div 1 Lallana, AdamAdam Lallana Midfielder  England 265 60 21
2014–15 Div 1 Fonte, JoséJosé Fonte (2) Defender  Portugal 288 15 20 [I]
2015–16 Div 1 Long, ShaneShane Long* Forward  Ireland 116 24 71
2016–17 Div 1 Romeu, OriolOriol Romeu* Midfielder  Spain 78 4 0

Southampton F.C. award[edit]

Season Level[A] Player Position[B] Nationality Apps Goals Caps Notes
2012–13 Div 1¤ Schneiderlin, MorganMorgan Schneiderlin Midfielder  France 261 15 13
2013–14 Div 1 Lallana, AdamAdam Lallana Midfielder  England 265 60 21
2014–15 Div 1 Fonte, JoséJosé Fonte Defender  Portugal 288 15 20
2015–16 Div 1 van Dijk, VirgilVirgil van Dijk* Defender  Netherlands 68 7 12
2016–17 Div 1 Romeu, OriolOriol Romeu* Midfielder  Spain 78 4 0

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The official level of competition in the structure of the English football league system.
  2. ^ a b For a detailed description of playing positions, see association football positions.
  3. ^ Inaugural winner of the award.
  4. ^ Received eight caps for the England under-21 team.
  5. ^ Went on to manage the club between 1994 and 1995.
  6. ^ Received one cap for the England B team.
  7. ^ The first non-English and non-British winner of the award.
  8. ^ The first player to win the award twice, and in consecutive seasons.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Won the award on two occasions.
  10. ^ Received one cap for the England under-23 team.
  11. ^ Le Tissier was the first player to win the award three times.
  12. ^ Received four caps for the England under-21 team
  13. ^ Davies received one cap for the England under-21 team

References[edit]

  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. ^ Leitch, Adam (12 May 2016). "Last chance to vote for your Southampton FC Player of the Season Award 2015/16". Southern Daily Echo. Newsquest. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  15. ^ a b Kerins, Dan (12 May 2016). "Previous winners of the Daily Echo Southampton FC Player of the Season Award". Southern Daily Echo. Newsquest. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  16. ^ a b Illingsworth 2007, p. 71
  17. ^ a b Kelly, Christian (11 May 2002). "Player of the Year - Southampton FC". Saints Mad. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Vote for your Southampton FC player of the season 2016/17". Southern Daily Echo. Newsquest. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  19. ^ "Van Dijk the big winner at Saints' Player Awards". Southampton F.C. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  20. ^ a b "Double award for Romeu at Player Awards". Southampton F.C. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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 

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