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Your Alternative End Of Season Awards
Daniel Alston, 17th May 2014 - 14:55
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The curtain may well have fallen on the 2013/14 campaign, but Evertonians have been left with no shortage of memorable highs on which to reflect.
Great wins, great goals, great moments – Roberto Martinez's first campaign in charge had them all.
And while Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley were the big winners at the Club's annual End of Season Awards last week, there were many more deserving heroes who went uncrowned.
As such, we took to Twitter to gather your nominations for 'alternative' honours of varying stature. Here's what you gave us…
Goalscorers always get the headlines. Net a precious winner and you're the centre of celebrations and well on your way to the Man of the Match champagne.
But what about the crucial pass to create the opportunity itself?
Mulling over which was the best of the 76 Everton managed, @EFC_Tom put forward Kevin Mirallas' overhead kick for John Heitinga to head home against Stevenage. Flamboyant, to say the least.
@ChrisJ_92 went for Romelu Lukaku's pass to slip in Ross Barkley at home against Newcastle, while @FrancisRiozzi opted for Gareth Barry's headed knockdown for Seamus Coleman to shank home that late winner against Cardiff.
James McCarthy's through ball with his outstep for Lukaku to net against Southampton was @grongy's shout, but @ViewFromGwladys put forward Aiden McGeady's 'eye-of-the-needle' pass to Mirallas against Fulham. For us, a deserving winner.
Winner: McGeady (v Fulham).
Tim Howard has been in excellent form all season and delighted Evertonians by signing a two-year contract extension in April.
Amassing 15 clean sheets in the Premier League, the American was only one behind Petr Cech and Wojech Szczesny for the 'Golden Glove' award.
And while the Blues' backline have been a big factor in those shutouts, Howard has been called upon to make a succession of magnificent stops this term.
For example, @murphefc recalled Tim tipping an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shot onto the crossbar, whereas @Evertonfcpics picked out a one-on-one save against Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.
Denying Lukas Podolski at Goodison got @craigpowe_92's vote, but @Clemo89efc and @thebesthobbit were among those to single out his vital early penalty save to thwart Christian Benteke in an eventual 2-0 win at Villa Park in October. Stunning.
Winner: Howard (v Benteke).
BEST AWAY DAY
Not a player award, but one to celebrate the atmosphere created by Blues on the road.
We make noise wherever we go and in selling over 60,000 away tickets in the league this term, the Everton end was almost always at maximum capacity.
West Ham is always a popular away day and the 3-2 thriller at Upton Park was suggested by both @ShaunPinner and @JoeyBennett96. Swansea was the scene of another dramatic comeback and @FootballMan_ is one Toffee who remembers it particularly fondly.
@WD1878 tipped a nod to the final day of the season when Evertonians sang relentlessly throughout the 2-0 win at Hull, while @toffeetom says Stevenage was his best day out.
But @Sizey9, @Birks1878 and countless others made sure there was one clear choice in the end - Manchester United in December, when 3,000 Toffees and a diminutive Costa Rican combined to bring the house down in quite some fashion.
Winner: Manchester United, 4 December 2013.
BEST FAN PHOTO
It was an iconic year both on and off the pitch.
We've all seen the images of Bryan Oviedo on Sylvain Distin's shoulders, Martinez lighting up the Everton Lock-Up and Bainesy queuing for an ice cream.
However, the smartphone is everywhere in the modern era - and Blues have been snapping some unforgettable moments up and down the country.
@_4thOfficial put forward the much-loved sight of a young fan shouting from the sidelines, while @butters1878 nominated a nonchalent pose of Mirallas at a corner flag.
@ric_wee's 'selfie' on his first arrival at an Everton game went viral and @richie_h7's shout for an image of four young Blues typifies the season in many ways.
But for us, two stick out - both captured at times when it would have been all too easy to forget yourself in seconds of delirium.
One saw @ready1878 take the perfect shot of the team celebrating Steven Naismith's strike at Fulham, yet @mrkjms' effort just edges it - having captured a true 'limbs' moment as Baines' curled home his second free-kick at West Ham in September.
There's nothing quite like celebrating a goal at Goodison. Those are the words of Ross Barkley.
And this season we've seen dancing, air-punching and many a kneeslide. But whose reaction was best?
@bimaprawira opted for Lukaku's sprint and bearhug with the manager after scoring against Arsenal, while @IndoEvertonian went for Steven Pienaar's adjustment of the South Africa flag in the Park End.
Many gave shout-outs to Gerard Deulofeu, but we reckon @Johnny_EFC called it right when he went for Martinez's now-trademark fingerpoint as executed at Old Trafford and against Arsenal at Goodison.
Winner: Roberto Martinez.
We love a good showboat, whether it be during a kickabout on the park or in front of 40,000 Evertonians.
And Roberto Martinez appears to have instilled a certain flair among his players who so often expressed themselves in mesmerising fashion in 2013/14.
@JackScott_1998 pointed to McGeady nutmegging Oxlade-Chamberlain, @Clemo89efc recalled Barkley's turn in between Man City duo Gael Clichy and David Silva and @StephenK23_ gave McGeady a second shout for his signature spin against Crystal Palace.
Yet with two moments of magic in one game, the voting could not be split between Coleman's bamboozling of the Arsenal midfield.
@James99Campbell and countless others opted for his 'keepy-up run' out from defence, while @sjv_simon led the calls for his trickery that left Santi Cazorla stunned. Just like watching Brazil.
Winner: Seamus Coleman.
BEST SUB PERFORMANCE
Another notable trait of Martinez's first season is the impact from the bench.
A significant tally of points was recorded just from players coming on in the second-half and finding the net. Not always an easy task.
As a result, there were a few candidates for this accolade - Osman's assist and goal at Aston Villa as noted by @pukkaefc, Pienaar's decisive first-touch against Hull care of @martinez1878 and Lukaku's winning cameo against West Ham (@JayMyers7) all worthy shouts.
But a man who made 19 substitute appearances was always in with a chance - and @paatphelan, @ofiskaa and @SamPolak all championed his game-changing appearance featuring two goals as the key factor in Everton's 3-1 win at Fulham in March.
Winner: Steven Naismith.
This year the Toffees songbook has grown extensively. We'll never tire of hearing the old favourites, but now there are a whole new range of modern classics!
In discussing your favourite additions, @JakeWhite16 put forward the recent 'Roberto Had A Dream', @spuddy1878 mentioned 'Sixty Grand, Sixty Grand, Seamus Coleman' and @Jack_Dawson25 brought up 'Oviedo Baby' which has enjoyed regular outings all season long.
@jasew88, @Jackie_Taylor and @brookecrosbie1 named songs for Stones, McCarthy and McGeady respectively, while @MarkScowen1878 gave a tweeted rendition of the deadline day trio ditty, 'Lukaku, McCarthy too, Gareth Barry!'.
But it is a song that first formed in pre-season that gets the nod; one that is heard loud and proud at every game and has since appeared at other clubs.
We're siding with @Aldo1878 and the immediate backing of Martinez.
Winner: Allez, Allez, Allez Ohhh!
The one that everyone wants to win.
Perhaps not, but no shortage of hair-raising moments have certainly kept the Blues' barbers in business.
@ConnorJPickford asked if Barkley's skinhead counts. It does and credit must go to Ross' mother for that one. @brentshiels opted for Lukaku's dreadlocks pre-chop while @Hazza_warren called for Baines' new style.
But there can only be one winner again and @NeilChallis was on the money when he singled out Tim Howard's winter beard. No contest.
Winner: Tim Howard.
BEST PLAYER TWEET
Evertonians aren't the only vocal ones on Twitter. Around half the first-team squad have a presence and take to the social networking site to celebrate a win, engage with fans or post pictures of their pet dog.
On a day where Sylvain Distin retired from international football with tongue firmly in cheek via a single tweet, it was a fitting time to discuss other notable hashtag-friendly moments.
Deulofeu was prolific online all term and conjured up some lost-in-translation gems such as 'Very, Very Wind' as noticed by @TomFerguson1878. '#ChristmasOviedo' was another favourite from young Gerard.
@Bradley_Cates picked out Lukaku's run-in with Halloween visitors, while @EvertonNewsFeed went with the Belgian announcing he had signed for the Toffees.
But on a night when several thousands of Evertonians left Stevenage saddened by Oviedo's double leg-break, the Costa Rican himself put smiles back on our faces by tweeting a picture of his own.
A thumbs-up from Bryan on a hospital bed with his shirt swapped for a nightgown went viral and straight to our hearts.
Winner: Bryan Oviedo.
And so the big award was perhaps the most open-ended one.
In a season of unforgettable moments on and off the pitch, what ranked as your finest?
@JayMyers7, @evertonfcspain and others opted for the 1-0 at Manchester United to end 21 years without an Old Trafford win, whereas @MaxCarlyle1878 was among those to champion the 3-0 hammering of Arsenal at Goodison.
@Adam_Jones94 recalled the moment Goodison erupted as Lukaku made it 3-2 in the derby and @victoriacarlin plumped for the first of many standing ovations for Naismith.
But those moments may not have happened without one man and so in hindsight, the biggest and most fundamental moment of 2013/14 was, as @Jade1878 put it, 'Getting Roberto Martinez'.
Winner: 5 June 2013.
So a season of truly unforgettable moments is over, one with events and images that will live long in the memories of Blues around the world.
And with Martinez leading our Club into Europe once again, we're sure to have plenty more to treasure in 2014/15.
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