Us merry band of writers over at Lion of Vienna Suite are in the middle of planning a special end of season award show podcast. Initially we were just going to vote the winners of each of the ten categories between our selves, which no doubt would have led to a long laborious ordeal of squabbling over who deserves to win what. So we thought why not ask you, our dear readers, what you think the winner of each award is?
Over the coming weeks we will be publishing nine articles detailing each category, running through all the nominations and then asking for your vote. I'll then tally up the votes, keeping it secret, so it's a bit of a surprise when we reveal the winners on the award show, which will be recorded the weekend after the season has come to a conclusion.
Well then, here's your first award to vote on: The goal of the season. The nominees are:
1) Saidy Janko vs. Fulham
The first nomination is Saidy Janko's long range effort in the 3-1 win over Fulham, at the Macron back in February. The game looked as if it was going to result in another drab home draw for the Trotters, that was until debutant Janko received the ball on the edge of the box, slightly wide of the goal. He took one touch to steady himself and then blasted the ball into the near post top corner, steering Bolton on the way to victory.
2) Zach Clough free kick vs. Wolves
Young prodigy Zach Clough has been a revelation in the white jersey this season, he scored six goals for the club until a cruel shoulder injury ruled him out for the remainder of the season. All six of his goals were excellent in their own way, but perhaps the pick of the bunch was his stunning free kick against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The ball was placed in a similar position to Janko's aforementioned drive, but instead of going near post, Clough went across the goalkeeper with his free kick, and Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal didn't even move.
3) Eidur Gudjohnsen vs. Cardiff
The legend that is Eidur Gudjohnsen made a fabled return to the club this season, and he's contributed the cause with a surprisingly high amount of goals. Easily the best out of all of them was the opener in the recent 3-0 demolition of Cardiff City, in Wales. Dorian Dervite swept a ball into the box, which was knocked down by the chest of Emile Heskey into the direction of Gudjohnsen. The Iceman controlled the ball on his chest, then unleashed a fantastic left footed volley into the top left corner.
Neil Danns vs. Brentford
The first of two goals nominated from Neil Lennon's first game at the Macron Stadium, Neil Danns' screamer seems to have gone under the radar a bit. He picked the ball up in the middle of the park, from a Tim Ream pass. He made a quick change of direction, which made him a few yards of space, then fired the ball into the bottom corner, with his weaker foot, from thirty yards out.
Mark Davies vs. Brentford
The second goal from Bolton's 3-1 victory over Brentford has also earned a nomination, and it was a beautiful goal from Mark Davies. He brought the ball down on his chest, a burst of speed took him past two challengers, he dummied past another defender with a quick manoeuvre of the ball, held off another and slotted the ball past the hapless goalkeeper.
Darren Pratley vs. Millwall
The final goal you can vote for is Darren Pratley's sensational winner against Millwall. His lung busting run was spotted by Chung-yong Lee, who expertly picked him out. Yaya Pratley then latched onto the ball, put big Danny Shittu on his arse with a slight feint on the ball, then smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
So there are your options, cast your vote now!