As was the case last season, two players have come out with the most man of the match awards, Ade and Wade Elliott both notching seven. Last season we gave it to Gary Cahill ahead of John McGreal because he hadn't been with us for the full season and again we make a similar decision in giving it to Akinbiyi.
The last of his match awards came at Sheffield United back in December, taking his total to seven, but surely the one we will all remember the most was a month earlier at
As well as the seven match awards he has collected more votes than any other player, in a season when over 22,700 votes have been cast in the fifty league and cup games. He is almost 800 votes clear of Micah Hyde who polled the second highest number.
So Ade it is, and it makes you wonder just how many more matches there would have been when he came out on top had he not been sold. He made such an impact in his short time with us and although now a Sheffield United player on his way to the Premiership he very much deserves this award.
Previous winners of our Player of the Year:
2001/02 – Arthur Gnohere
2002/03 – Graham Branch
2003/04 – Robbie Blake
2004/05 – Gary Cahill