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Posted by Marc Duffy on 05/24/2012

Thanks for all of the feedback on the questions that I posed last week - I received a number of comments here on ESPNsoccernet, Tweets and texts with all of your nominations.

Here are the winners:

Your NUFC player of the year

Tim Krul

Tim beat off tough competition from Captain Colo (2nd) and Cabaye (3rd) in your vote. Well deserved, Tim kept a Newcastle United Premier League record of 15 clean sheets and was an ever-present. Some of his saves this year have been absolutely top class

There were no less than 8 players voted for, which shows how well we have performed as a team this season!


Your most improved NUFC player?

James Perch

Who'd have thought it? James Perch has gone from the least favourite player of most, to 'Perchinho'. His versatility was vital in our late season run - he especially excelled in a holding midfield spot, whilst also looking solid at full-back - most notably in the 2 v 0 win at Stamford Bridge. What a turn around. He was available for transfer at the end of last season and in January, but I have a feeling that he will remain for a while yet.


Most promising NUFC youngster?

Davide Santon

Santon won this one by a mile and who am I to disagree? Davide looked nervous early on in the season and sometimes looked defensively vulnerable, but as the season progressed he really stepped up. By the end of the season, with Santon flying down the left and Jose Enrique playing in goal (when playing at all), it looks like we have another top player on our hands.

There were 7 players nominated in this category - another very encouraging sign. Haris Vuckic received the 2nd most votes, but he was quite a long way behind DS.


Your NUFC goal of the season (and there are PLENTY of candidates!)

Cisse vs Chelsea (A) (2nd goal)

I was lucky enough to be at The Bridge to see this goal. It will stick with me forever, but then again so will Ben Arfa's goal against Bolton at home - possibly the best goal I've ever seen at St James' Park. This season has provided us with wonder goal after wonder goal - I can't wait to get a hold of the end of season DVD and re-live them all again.

Your favourite game of the season?

Newcastle United 3 v Manchester United 0

Our win over Liverpool polled quite a few votes, but the 3 v 0 thrashing of title chasing Man United won. It was a phenomenal all-round performance with some cracking goals. Demba Ba was unplayable, Cabaye at his very best and if any of you have not watched the Cheick Tiote highlights video from this game on YouTube, I urge you to look them up now (World Class)

In response to my question on expectations, these seem to be pretty high amongst many of you who responded - I will offer my thoughts on this in a separate blog sometime soon!


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Comments

Posted by brainiac on 05/24/2012

Your most improved NUFC player - James Perch ??????????????????

Perch's got couple of good games... and thats all. KRUL is the most improved player. He is a wall even that this was his first season as a first choise. After all he was games last season. Even Colo is more improved player than Perch.

MD: It can't be disputed that he improved greatly, but he wouldn't have been my choice....

Posted by NUFC Perth on 06/02/2012

I just looked up the Tiote highlights from the United game.. spot on Marc.. world class display by him!! one of my fave player in the team.

Posted by Keith Soon on 07/26/2012

Cisse is the best player in the newcastle squad. Without him, 5th position is impossible. The rest are good but if you are talking about being the best performance - Cisse.

MD: Cisse is a great player I agree, but we were top 5 several times throughout the season before his arrival

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Marc Duffy Marc Duffy is a National Account Manager in the alcoholic drinks industry - a career in alcohol was obviously the natural step after following Newcastle United for all of his 32 years. Marc blames his father for his obsession with Newcastle United - since attending his first game at the age of 4 Marc has endured many ups and downs, and despite the lack of silverware remains positive that a trophy will be won at some point in his lifetime! (Wait, does the Intertoto cup not count?) Follow Marc on Twitter @MarcSDuffy

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