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Better late than never! The results of this years ‘Ali’s’ are in.

Given the short notice the response was fantastic and it serves as a good reminder about how good a season Saints had that there were so many varied answers for each award and a couple of the result ran very close.

This is what everyone associated with Saints dreams of getting their hands on at the end of a season:-



So without further ado, here are YOUR winners…

Player of the Year

This was calculated like so:- Each player got 2 points for a vote as winner and one point for a vote as runner up. Here are all those that received votes and their points percentage.

Scored points:- James Ward-Prowse (<1%), Sam Gallagher (<1%),  Saphir Taider (<1%), Dani Osvaldo (<1%), Artur Boruc (<1%), Steven Davis (1%), Dusan Tadic (1%), Nathaniel Clyne (1%),  Fraser Forster (2%), Graziano Pelle (4%), Toby Alderweireld (5%),  Victor Wanyama (8%), Ryan Bertrand (10%).

3rd Place:- Morgan Schneiderlin (12%)

2nd Place:- Sadio Mane (13%)

And the winner is……with a huge 43% of the points, proving that some people are born to be leaders…..Jose Fonte!

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Young Player of the Year

An award of particular interest given the reputation the club has built for producing talent. A strong field would have to produce a strong winner!

Received Votes:- Sam Gallagher (1%), Paulo Gazzaniga (1%), Saphir Taider (1%), Ryan Seager (4%), Sadio Mane (6%).

3rd Place:- Matthew Targett (18%)

2nd Place:- James Ward-Prowse (21%)

And the winner is……with 47% of the votes a player who truly made the jump from backup to regular first team squad member…..Harrison Reed!

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Unsung Hero

Received Votes:- Kelvin Davis (1%), Sammy Saint (1%), Morgan Schneiderlin (1%), Erwin Koeman (1%), Paulo Gazzaniga (1%), Jack Cork (1%), Sapher Taider (1%), Sadio Mane (2%), Jose Fonte (2%), Les Reed (2%), Graziano Pelle (3%), Frazer Forster (7%),  Steven Davis (10%), Shane Long (12%).

3rd Place:- Maya Yoshida (13%)

2nd Place:- Victor Wanyama (20%)

And the winner is….with 21% of the votes, breaking back into the England squad after an impressive debut season on the South Coast….Ryan Bertrand!


Signing of the Season

Received Votes:- Saphir Taider (1%), Dusan Tadic (1%), Toby Alderweireld (8%).

Joint 3rd Place:- Frazer Forster & Graziano Pelle (12%)

2nd Place:- Ryan Bertrand (24%)

And the winner is….with 41% of the votes the World Record breaking Senegalese…..Sadio Mane!

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Performance of the Season (Team or Individual)

Received Votes:- Fonte at Old Trafford (1%), Team v Newcastle at St. Mary’s (1%),  Taider v Bayer Leverkusen (1%), Long v Leicester at St. Mary’s (1%), Team v Everton at St. Mary’s (1%),  Team at Stamford Bridge (2%), Long v Villa at St. Mary’s (3%), Forster at the Emirates (4%), Team v Arsenal at St. Mary’s (5%), Tadic v Sunderland at St. Mary’s (7%), Mane v Villa at St. Mary’s (13%).

3rd Place:- Team v Villa at St. Mary’s (14%)

2nd Place:- Team at Old Trafford (22%)

And the winner is…..with 24% of the vote I’m not sure it could really have been anything else but…..Team v Sunderland at St. Mary’s!

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The Ali Dia Award for Comedy Moment

It says everything about the gallows humour of being a Saints fan that this award always comes with most varied answers. Brace yourselves…

Received Votes:- Villa’s Defence, ‘Fucking Weather’, Long’s ‘dummy’ cross, Pompey’s season, Mane falling over, Any of Alex Crook’s articles, Lovren & Lallana’s agent’s work, Steward’s ‘Rock Bottom’ on a Liverpool fan, Goal conceded at Newcastle, Tadic assist past Lovren, Pelle’s anger when others score, Saphir Taider, Long pole axing Leicester player during goal celebration, Fonte constantly getting away with stonewall penalties, Swansea at home, Kevin Friend, Gus Poyet, Wanyama’s goal at Hull, Mane’s 3 minute hat trick ignored by the press, Dr. Barry Gale, Relegation predictions of the collective media, #GoodLuckTim, MELTDOWN, Sunderland fans celebrating a corner, Wanyama’s skill against Arsenal, Dejan Lovren’s fall from grace.

3rd Place:- ‘Chips without mayonnaise is not chips’ (12%)

2nd Place:- Smug Ronald after the Sunderland game (14%)

And the winner is…..with 31% of the vote, the more you watch it, the more hapless it gets….Santiago Vergini’s own goal!

Best Opposition Team

Received Votes:- Manchester United, Sunderland, Leicester City, Swansea City.

3rd Place:- Arsenal (4%)

2nd Place:- Chelsea (35%)

And the winner is…..with 54% of the vote, they may not have won the title but they were comprehensive in their victory at St. Mary’s…..Manchester City!

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Best Opposition Player

Received Votes:- Oscar (Chelsea), Ashley Williams (Swansea), Guly, Christian Eriksen (Spurs), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Nabil Bentaleb (Spurs), David Silva (Man City), Ron Vlaar (Villa), Frank Lampard (Man City),  Yaya Toure (Man City), Coutinho (Liverpool).

3rd Place:- Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) (8%)

2nd Place:- Sergio Aguero (Man City) (13%)

And the winner is…with 59% of the vote without doubt the standout player in the Premier League over the last 12 months….Eden Hazard!


Best Opposition Fans

Received Votes:- West Brom, Newcastle, Sheffield United, Spurs, West Ham, Swansea, Liverpool, Man City, Ipswich, Burnley, Sunderland, Villa.

3rd Place:- Leicester City (11%)

2nd Place:- Manchester United (15%)

And the winner is….with 35% of the vote and retaining their title from last season….Crystal Palace!


Best Saints related Tweeter

Just a bit of fun as always, and pleasing to see so many people vote for themselves again!

Received Votes:- DeppoInExile, KitmanForbsey, JoeBlakey9, mattsmirk, Saint_Alpine, Matt Le Tiss, YoshidaPics, jayrodfan2, Graziano Pelle, leesfcmyers, SamDobson1, nathizzle, uniquesaints, EthanESFC, Ugly Inside, Jim Lucas, L1Minus10, gwcdotcom, GGalpin95, Images of Ronald, Alex Crook, RupertAspden, Benstanners, TalkSaints, Official Club Account, Ronald Koeman.

3rd Place:- Simon Peach (8%)

And the joint winners are….with 17% of the vote each, retaining from last year……Connor Armstrong! and embarrasingly…..crstig!

So that concludes this season’s Ali’s! Congratulations and thanks to everyone who voted. A big thank you to Kristian Oake for the Photoshop wizardry! It was another great season, and we are on the verge of another one! Keep the faith!

For previous years awards results see here:- http://georgeweahscousin.com/awards-history/


An offer too good to turn down?

Another great season for Southampton can only end with one inevitable summer of events.

The vultures that are the ‘bigger’ clubs are already circling as much like last year they look to patch up their own failings by trying to be a little more ‘Southampton’.

The two major focal points of that speculation so far have been Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne. Both have been linked to the usual suspects, Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs in the main, but the most recent rumour regarding Clyne can only be too good to be true.

There is a suggestion that Manchester United would be prepared to offer cash and Javier Hernandez to tempt Saints into a deal. Now, Nathaniel Clyne has been consistently superb in a Southampton shirt, let’s make no mistake about that, but is there a Saints fan around that would…

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Why Saints fan should be backing Premier League Rivals in the FA Cup…

Now, I appreciate that this blog is going to paint me as somewhat of a hypocrite, but as someone who still believes in the ‘romance’ of the FA Cup I have to fall on my sword and accept that the best possible outcome of this year’s competition now is that one of Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool lift the famous trophy – and better still, two of them contest the final.

While, under normal circumstances I would love to see a club like West Brom or Aston Villa upset the status quo, my only real concern is that of Southampton and a more ‘regular’ winner would keep the European dream alive.

The situation is this: Chelsea’s League Cup win was of great benefit to Saints (cheers Jose!) as it meant the Europa League spot allocated to the winners is passed back…

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Schneiderlin could owe Saints a debt of gratitude for blocking his move to Spurs!

Let me take you back if you will to the heady summer of 2014.

Some bands I’ve never heard of were producing some mediocre dreary dross that may as well all be by Ed Sheeran and Southampton Football Club were clearing out their deadwood.

Embarking on an exciting new journey under Ronald Koeman, chairman Ralph Kreuger and director of football Les Reed were slowly but surely ridding the squad of those without the desire to work hard for their dreams, those in search of short-cuts

One of those identified as not being surplus to requirements was French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. With his heart set on following departed Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino to White Hart Lane, Schneiderlin did what every level headed professional does in a situation of vocational disappointment; had a twitter tantrum.

‘6 years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour!!’ read the public outburst, proving that when they…

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Are Officials starting to treat Saints like a ‘big’ club?

For years Southampton have been the victims of terrible refereeing decisions.

Whether it was in terms of clear penalties being denied us, and being punished for those that clearly weren’t or hideous offside calls and a plethora of other injustices,  I was told by those that support the traditional ‘big’ clubs that ‘it all evens itself out at the end of the season’.

My stock response to this was always the same. Nonsense. It might do for you, it certainly doesn’t for us; but recent events have made me ponder whether Saints elevated position this season is starting to make that suggestion a reality.

Are the officials now treating us like one of the big boys? We’ve been in and around the top four now since early September and it suddenly feels like we are getting the odd rub…

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Why the great surprise? Saints victory over United was long overdue!

The last time Southampton won at Old Trafford, lone goalscorer Dusan Tadic’s native Serbia didn’t exist. Neither did Slovakia, Kosovo, Montenegro or the Czech Republic.

Five of the players involved in Sunday’s game weren’t born and Louis van Gaal was yet to win a trophy as a manager. It’s been a while and Saints fans had every right to revel in every minute of it.

The fact is, United’s recent form has had more than a hint of luck about it and right now their league position is false. Apart from a star studded forward line, you would have to go back further than that 1992 Saints win to find a more ordinary Manchester United squad.

When that forward line is expertly marshalled by the Premier League’s best defence, and fails to register a single shot on…

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Manchester United v Saints: Player Ratings

I’ve decided to use a trial feature to pick GWC.com’s player of the season this year.

Please submit your player ratings for the Manchester United game here:-

It’s about time Saints won at Old Trafford…

The last time Southampton won at Old Trafford, the famous old stadium had a capacity of 44,000 and Alan Shearer was just 22 years old.

Burnley were in the fourth division, while Luton Town, Notts County and Wimbledon were plying their trade in the top flight. In the same year, Barcelona won the European Cup, beating Sampdoria at Wembley. The solitary goalscorer was one Ronald Koeman.

They only won that 1992 match on penalties, you have to go back another four years for their last win in 90 minutes, and Saints’ forwards must channel Colin Clarkes’ efforts that day and take their chances.

Southampton were the better side in the reverse fixture, even Louis van Gaal was happy to concede that, but the notable difference was that United put away two of their three shots on goal, Saints…

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Manchester United v Southampton – Sunday 11th January 16:00

Manchester United have been on a great run of form that has seen them go undefeated in their last 10 games, winning seven of those in the process. United will go in to this game with confidence given their form, especially considering that this run has already included a 2-1 victory over Southampton.

Manchester United’s new captain this season Wayne Rooney is really starting to fire on all cylinders, and now holds eight goals to his name. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that Rooney has actually converted 61.5% of his shots on target, and that he is equally capable of creating goals for others as well having grabbed four assists and a squad best 475 completed passes in the opposition half. He is 33/20 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

Whilst Rooney has dropped slightly deeper for United this season, Robin van Persie still has nothing but goals on his mind, and also has eight to his name. His work rate has been crucial to his success this year, as highlighted by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, which has revealed that he has covered a squad best 187.07km so far this campaign.

Arguably United’s player of the season so far, David de Gea has continued his outstanding form. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that the Spain international has upheld this form all season, making 58 saves at an average of 2.9 saves per goal conceded. He has kept four clean sheets in his last 10 Premier League appearances and will hope to add another one to the collection.


This weekend’s visitors Southampton will be anything but a walkover and will fancy their chances on Sunday. Southampton lie in fourth in the league and can leapfrog their hosts with a victory. They have conceded just twice in their last four outings where they have also remained unbeaten, winning three games against Arsenal, Everton and Crystal Palace, and picking up a point against league leaders Chelsea.

One man who has been in inspired form is England squad member Fraser Forster. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that the Saints’ shot stopper has made 42 saves already this season at an average of 2.8 saves per goal conceded. He has been instrumental in Southampton maintaining the best defensive record in the league.

In front of Forster, Ryan Bertrand has been Southampton’s outstanding performer at the back, as highlighted by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The left back has covered 198.84km already this season, and will pass the 200km mark this weekend. He has also hit a searing top speed of 34.1km/h this term and his combination of fitness and frightening pace will pose a major threat to United going forward, and a challenge in breaking his defensive resolve.

The main man up top for Southampton this season has undoubtedly been Graziano Pelle, as revealed by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. His hard work is key to his eight goals this season, having covered a squad best 199.83km so far. He has also assisted a further four goals this term and will prove a threat either scoring himself or bringing team mates into play. He is 47/20 to score anytime with 888sport.com.



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