The Blowing Bubbles team pick out their winners for our annual end of season awards
Player of the Season
Mark Noble, nominated by Emily Pulham.
What can I say, I’m a big fan, and this was his season. He was inspired, passionate and a tremendous leader
Dimitri Payet, nominated by James Jones. The impact Payet had over the entire season was incredible, and some of his free-kicks were just ridiculous.
Michail Antonio, nominated by David Bowden. Antonio was forced to wait around for his chance, but when it came the winger shone. His his goals against Spurs and Manchester United will go down in West Ham folklaw.
Our winner: Dimitri Payet
Young Player of the Season
Djair Parfitt-Williams, nominated by David Bowden. Every time I have seen the youth team this season the Bermudan has impressed. He’s a great finisher and has scored some crucial goals in the development squad’s cup win.
Reece Oxford, nominated by Geoff Hillyer. To be honest, I’d pretty much made this decision at the end of matchday one v Arsenal. A 16-year old marshalling Mesuit Ozil out of the game? Demonstrates a maturity beyond his years and a bright future is ahead. Our winner: Reece Oxford
Goal of the Season
Aaron Cresswell v Leicester City (Away), nominated by Emily Pulham.
What an absolute screamer. It came out of nowhere and was so well-taken.
Dimitri Payet against Crystal Palace (Home), nominated by Lucy Woolford.
The goal I still watch back in astonishment is Payet’s free kick against Crystal Palace. The pure precision on that was a sight for sore eyes.
Dimitri Payet v Manchester United (Away), nominated by Kiran Moddley.
I still remember watching it at home with my housemate and saying, ‘He’s going to pass it, that’s too far out.’ The rest is history. Our winner: Dimitri Payet v Manchester United (Away)
Best Team Performance of the Season
Arsenal (Won 2-0 Away), nominated by Emily Pulham.
What a statement of intent. We made it look so seamless and easy. Angelo Ogbonna was immense and yet, to this day, he still has no idea what ground he actually played in.
Manchester United (Won 3-2 Home), nominated by James Jones. There were so many superb team performances but that final game at Upton Park pips the lot. To go 2-1 down in the second half but still come back to win 3-2 in a game fuelled by emotions and passion says a lot about the character the squad has.
Liverpool (Won 3-0 Away) nominated by Geoff Hillyer
I thought I would never see such a complete West Ham performance against Liverpool in my lifetime. I was tempted to put the Manchester United home league game here, but a win at Anfield for the first time in over 50 years pips it.
Spurs (Won 1-0 Home), nominated by Kiran Moodley.
It wasn’t a memorable game – bar the result – but I feel the Tottenham home game was a phenomenal performance. They were on the up and could have gone top. Yet they hardly threatened, they were completely subdued but Slaven Bilic’s tactics. Glorious. Our winner: Against Manchester United (3-2 Home)
Best Individual Performance of the Season
Mark Noble v Manchester United (Home), nominated by Emily Pulham.
In our final home game of the season, he was everything a captain and a West Ham legend should be and made absolutely sure we left that ground on a win.
Michail Antonio v Spurs (Home), nominated by James Jones.
Not just because he scored the winner but because he just didn’t stop running and caused Spurs so many problems throughout. Antonio could’ve beaten Payet to player of the season as he always managed to provide when we needed him most.
Andy Carroll v Arsenal (Home), nominated by David Bowden.
It was obvious how important the big number nine would be for the Hammers against the Gunners feeble backline and Carroll performed out of his skin to strike his first hat-trick for the club. He won every header, pressurised the back four at every opportunity. It was just a magnificent performance from the big man.
Michail Antonio v Spurs (Home), nominated by Danny Rust.
He had to bide his time before Slaven Bilic gave him a chance but he proved his quality in the 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. He scored the winning goal and was excellent at right back. Our winner: Mark Noble v Manchester United (Home)