Brentford-Mad's End of the season awards - Part 1

Last updated : 19 May 2005 By Smallsy
This season Brentford climbed to the heights of fourth in the league and went futher than any other League One club in the FA Cup, although no formal awards will be given we felt that the players should recieve at least some kind of recognition for their hard work this season.

The votes have been counted (or at least the vote of one anyway) in this the first part which is titled more 'sensible' awards...

Top Scorer - No award

It's fair to say that the Bees struggled with goal scoring this season. Not many sides have ever made the playoffs with a negative goal difference in football history. Anyway seeing as two players were tied we had to find a different way to split them so...

Top League Scorer - Deon Burton - 10
Despite a high league finish Burton's total of 10 goals was one of the lowest in the league, however the former Derby man did well bagging all of his goals in the league helping the club into 4th position.

Therefore it's only fair...

Top Cup Scorer - Isaiah Rankin - 2
Despite the Bees extended run in the cup before they finally succumed to the Saints at Griffin Park our top scorer in this competition, Rankin, managed to bag a whole two goals throughout the competition defeating eight other players who scored a mighty one.

Player of the Season Award - Sam Sodje
Without a doubt one of the most popular players at Griffin Park the tall defender has been a rock in the heart of the Brentford team. Weighing in with an impressive seven goals Sodje has been dominating offensively and most notably defensively. Sam also claimed the 'Evening Standard's Player of the Month Award' for his excellent performances throughout March beating off competion from Henry and Lampard and was named in the Football League's team of the week nine times.

'One to watch' next season award - Jay Tabb
Still a relative young player, Tabb came through this season as a real promising football for years to come, since joining the club good things have always been expected from Jay and this season he has not let those predictions down. No finer example than Jay's performance against Hull which saw him become the focal point of the teams attack and a constant threat to their defense.

'Try not to be injured so much next time' award - Jamie Lawrence
When Jamie signed for the Bees big things were expected of the former Bradford City man, however this season the midfielder has been blighted by injury which saw him turn out very few times for the Griffin Park Club. Recovering from injury for the last game of the season against Hull Jamie showed what he could potentially do in a red and white shirt.

Worst Discipline Award- Chris Hargreaves
Brentford play this season has been commented on by every single manager whos players have complained about the rough treatment they have been given by Bees players. Pundits have resorted to using the word 'tough' when describing our play which is like saying that Ronaldiniho is a 'reasonably' skillful player. Essentially we've been dirty! Chris Hargreaves is the finest example of this with a total of two suspensions, one FA warning and eleven yellow cards to his name!

Goal of the season award - Isaiah Rankin
By a country mile this season Rankin's goal was an excellent display of skill, power and controlled running at high speed. 2-1 down against the Saints in the cup Rankin ran from just inside the home sides box, taking on two players and finishing powerfully with a right foot shot in the bottom corner, difficult to match really.

Match of the season award - Brentford 3 - 3 Sheffield Wednesday
Ok, so they beat us in the playoffs but we had at least one 'success' over them this season. 3-1 up and crusing towards three points and 3rd place Sheffield Wednesday switched off allowing an amazing Bees comeback with the scores being leveled on 93 mins with a goal from Hunt which brought the Griffin Park crowd to their feet.

Signing of the season - Darren Pratley
Since signing on loan from Fulham Darren Pratley has been an almost ever present. His top level up brining has been shown throughout his play and has allowed him to express himself more freely than in the Fulham reserves. A composed and confident player Darren has been pivital to the side and has been at the centre of most of the Bees good play this season.

Most influencial factor of the season award - Martin Allen
We felt we needed to include the boss somewhere as he has simply been excellent this season. Dragging the Bees up the table with his revolutionary methods Allen has always upheld the clubs offer and helped us to become a better team. His tactics have constantly been spot on and his ideas have been a breath of fresh air, roll on next season.

Remember to check back tomorrow for Part Two of the awards...