So that's it then. The season ends with a good performance if not a disappointing 3-2 loss to Arsenal, who secured 3rd place with the victory. The atmosphere around the ground was fantastic, the fans showed their appreciation for the players and most of all for the departing Roy Hodgson, who of course has taken the England Job. I've already had my say on Roy, but I'd like to reiterate my thanks to him for a fantastic job and taking Albion to where we are at the moment.
The upcoming summer is certainly a big one for West Brom, the first port of call being a new manager, trying to keep hold of key players such as Jonas Olsson and Ben Foster, bringing in new signings to keep the squad fresh and prepared for a 3rd consecutive season in the Premier League.
But I'm not going to worry about that now, I'd like to look back on this season.
There have been plenty of historic results for West Brom this season, but is there any other choice than the Molineux Massacre, Albion's 5-1 victory over Wolves that started Albion's run to safety and Wolves' demise. It wasn't just the result but the performance particularly in a high-pressure scenario, Wolves barely had a look in throughout the whole match as The Baggies pummelled the Wolves goal the whole game, Peter Odemwingie scoring a hat trick and instantly enhancing his already considerable standing amonst the West Brom faithful.
Best Individual moment
It is very tempting to pick a moment from the Wolves match, Odemwingie's 3rd goal and taking the match ball, Keith Andrews' celebration following his goal. But in the end, I have plumped for Paul Scharner's winning goal against Aston Villa and more tellingly, his celebration when he revealed the shirt he had worn in the previous match against Wolves. It was a great moment for Albion fans, and I am delighted that it was Scharner who scored the goal such was his relationship with the fans.
Albion haven't had that many bad moments this season. The 1-0 loss at home to Stoke with the last minute goal from Ryan Shotton was massively disappointing, but the late win at the Britannia Stadium more than made up for that. Overall I have gone for the run of home-form that took in losses to Swansea, Wigan, Everton and Norwich(x2). The performances were poor yet Albion still could have won all of these matches, and it did look as if we were on a downward slope for the season.
Goal of the Season
There was some great contenders for this accolade, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to be boring and go with the same goal that won the Club's official prize, James Morrison's strike against Blackburn. It was pure technique and class in a game that was crying out for some inspiration.
Most improved player
This award normally goes to a player who was terrible the season before and got slightly better the next, but that isn't the case with this one. The ability of James Morrison has never been doubted, on occassions he had shown he was a Premier League player of the highest quality but it was inconsistent. He'd score a world class goal then be anonymous for 10 games subsequently. This season, in his favoured central midfield role, Morrison has stepped up to the plate and produced fantastic performances on a consistent basis.
This was a very tough choice between two defensive additions, Ben Foster and Gareth McAuley. These two were also my main contenders, along with James Morrison, for player of the season. In the end, I have gone for Gareth McAuley purely because of the low level of expectations many West Brom fans, including myself, had over his signing. He's certainly proved me wrong, a fantastic addition especially on a free transfer!
Player of the season
Ben Foster won the Players' player and supporters player of the season, and there is a very compelling argument for him. I've already discussed Gareth McAuley and James Morrison, this one was a tough choice. But in the end I've decided to go with McAuley, who's beaten Foster on two occassions in my end of season awards!
I hope everyone has a good summer, and thanks for reading this blog! Boing Boing, good luck Roy at the Euro's.