So there we have it, the FourFourTwo Top 50 has been revealed (see full Top 50) and the general consensus on the night was that in Kevin Phillips, Jermaine Beckford and Keith Andrews, we had three very worthy winners.But, like all lists and polls, the results are open to conjecture Ã¢ÂÂ and the debate among many of the 800-strong gathering at LondonÃ¢ÂÂs Park Lane Hilton stretched into the early hours, long after our lauded trio had walked off into the night with their polished trophies.Andy Gray second? Michael Kightly third? We heard cases being argued for James Beattie, Zheng Zhi, Jonathan Greening and the like, but at the end of the day, the results were there in black and white Ã¢ÂÂ the players and managers had their say, so too members of the media, but most importantly this was an awards ceremony for the fans, by the fans. It was your vote that counted most.Granted, Gray hasnÃ¢ÂÂt had the best of times since his switch to the Valley in January, but it would take a brave man to argue against his achievements at Burnley while Wolves Ã¢ÂÂ as Mick McCarthy admitted last night Ã¢ÂÂ look a shadow of their former selves in KightlyÃ¢ÂÂs absence.That there were a number of candidates vying for position among the Championship front runners is a reflection of the league itself this season. Phillips aside, consistency has been a problem for many players as it has many teams. Sorry, all teams.
I was once talking to some sort of delegate of the European Union. He was from Slovenia, I from Britain, so we were discussing how our national characteristics affect our debating skills. "Each country is very different," he said, in English better than mine. "The British are very reserved and would rather not talk about the problem. The Scandinavian countries will sit down for a brief meeting, simple and to the point and get it out of the way. And the Latins... well, they will take to the streets, shake their fists and make a lot of noise."
A couple of weeks ago, La Liga Loca presented the best goal of the season so far and one of its favourite ever - not Alvaro Negredo's brilliant free-kick flick-up volley type thing, although that was bloody good, but Fernando Llorente's stroke of score-from-the-kick-off genius. This week, it proudly (and gigglingly) presents the silliest goal of the season so far and definitely one of it's favourite ever: this one scored by Ikechukwu Uche against Real Madrid at the weekend, complete with Arjen Robben's brilliantly blank expression. (Not to mention some great commentary on the clip, including a bit where he seems to say "no young man, no young man!")