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Bainesy's Pride

Bainesy's Pride

Leighton Baines has spoken of his pride after sweeping the board at the Everton End of Season Awards.

The defender was acclaimed Player of the Season by the Club’s supporters, who logged on to evertonfc.com to cast their votes.

He was also named Players’ Player of the Season for the second year in a row, while his stunning free-kick against Chelsea in the FA Cup was named Goal of the Season at the SE Investments sponsored event.

Modest and at times self-depreciating, Baines isn’t always comfortable in the limelight, and he admits it will take a bit of time for the scale of his achievements to register.

“I think it will sink in over the summer when I have idle time to reflect,” the defender told evertontv. “I was taken aback to be honest. It was an amazing night and I was full of pride.

“I said at the time I was a bit embarrassed, I am not sure if that is the right word but I was certainly humbled by it – it was a humbling moment and I would never have imagined it as a young kid.”

Leighton Baines is crowned Everton's 2010/11 Player Of The SeasonLeighton Baines shows off his Player of the Season Award and his Players' Player of the Season Award 

To have his efforts acknowledged by the supporters was special for the Kirkby-born Baines, particularly as many of his friends and family are Everton supporters.

And he says to be voted Players’ Player for the second year in a row was just as validating.

“It is unbelievable to be recognised by the supporters,” he said. “I would never have imagined that one season the Everton fans might pick me as their Player of the Season.

“It is a proud moment for me and my family and friends – especially the ones who are Blues themselves. It shocked me a bit to be honest.”

Baines added:  “I won the players’ award last year and was chuffed to bits with that. It is nice to get that nod from your teammates. It helps a lot when you are able to play the majority of the games which I have been lucky enough to do this season.

“As a player you appreciate that. People don’t often like to hear footballers whinge about being tired but it does happen, it is human nature, it does take its toll, so your fellow players have an appreciation of that and obviously performances get taken into account as well.”

Baines scores free kick against ChelseaLeighton Baines scores his Goal of the Season against Chelsea

Of his Goal of the Season award, Baines said he felt his free-kick at Tottenham earlier in the season was actually a cleaner strike, yet he fully understands the drama of his FA Cup goal at Stamford Bridge and why it was picked.
 
He said: “The free kick at Tottenham was slightly better I think but I definitely appreciate the timing with the Chelsea one made it extra special and it carried a few more memories for the people who saw it. There was a certain drama to it and that is probably why it was picked.

“The key was getting it up and down, but then you have got a 6ft 7ins fella’ stood in the goal waiting to save it. I remember thinking at the time ‘as soon as the ref blows his whistle I am going to hit it’ as it might just buy a few split seconds. In the end he did not even go for it.”

Jamas Toonkeep king bainsey with us.he is a true blue

Monday 23rd May 08:29 Report Comment

Kian Keong YeapHi Mr.Baines, you already become a legend in EFC you are so hard working in your department and make creative changes for your team mate to score.Well done and keep faith in EFC and make us proud as EFC Fans

Monday 23rd May 06:12 Report Comment

Marcus LuntBlue through and through, really hope he doesnt leave us this summer! These are the sort of players that symbolize Everton Football Club!

Sunday 22nd May 20:39 Report Comment

Michael RutherfordThree truly deserved honours, by far the best player to wear the blue shirt this season. I was shocked when Baines wasn't named in the Premier League team of the hear. Forget Cole, Baines is not only the best left back in England, he's the best left back in the world.

Sunday 22nd May 12:27 Report Comment

Charles Bromheadwell done baines. head and shoulders above everyone this season.

Sunday 22nd May 09:52 Report Comment

kenneth heskethfelli must stay if we want to get back into europe

Saturday 21st May 17:09 Report Comment

kenneth heskethwell dones bainsy well deservered just hope you stay as we all love you

Saturday 21st May 17:05 Report Comment

David McDonaldwell done bainsey its well deserved been the best player this season by far and the goal agenst chelski will become a goal that goes down in history

Saturday 21st May 16:59 Report Comment
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