Vote for the Best of the 2011-12 English Premier League Season

It’s not only on the football pitch where there’s a race to the finish for the clubs in the 2011-12 Premier League season. Sunday also represents the final day of voting for the prestigious fourth annual EPL Awards, which recognize the best of the EPL season — everything from footballers to blogs to podcasts, video games and more.

Take a look at many of the closes races to decide who’s the best of the best of the 11-12 season:

Best EPL Players, Teams and Managers

In the Best Goalkeeper of 2011-12 category, Manchester United’s David de Gea is currently in first place with Manchester City’s Joe Hart in second.

In the race for Best Defender of 2011-12, Jonny Evans of Manchester United is currently in the lead with Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany and Everton’s Leighton Baines not far behind.

Best midfielder? According to the voters, so far, it’s Antonio Valencia while Clint Dempsey and Marouane Felliani aren’t far behind.

Who’s been the Best EPL Striker this season? Wayne Rooney is in the lead, but Robin van Persie and Nikica Jelavic aren’t far behind.

If voting ended today, the Best EPL Manager would be awarded to Alex Ferguson. But Alan Pardew and David Moyes are battling for second place, and there’s always a chance that any of the managers could finish in first.

Who would you say has been the Most Improved EPL Manager of the season? So far, the leader is Newcastle United’s Alan Pardew, while Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo and Everton manager David Moyes aren’t far behind.

Best EPL TV, Radio and Podcast Coverage

An upset is on the cards. For the past three years, Martin Tyler has won the Best TV Commentator award. But currently he’s in second place while Ian Darke is in the lead.

The race for Best TV Co-Commentator is a close one between Gary Neville and Steve McManaman.

The award for Best EPL Podcast is usually a neck-and-neck race between The Football Ramble and The Guardian’s Football Weekly, but so far, the incumbent Men In Blazers podcast is leaving both Football Weekly and The Football Ramble in the dust.

What has been the Best EPL TV Feature Show of 2011-12? So far, according to the majority of viewers, it’s Fox Soccer Report, but there’s plenty of competition that could pip it at the post.

Football Weekly’s James Richardson is a dead ringer for the Best EPL Podcast Presenter award, right? Not this year, so far. Instead incumbent Michael Davies of Men In Blazers is leading the pack with Alan Davies (The Tuesday Club) and Martin Rodgers (World Football Daily) closing in.

The same applies to Best EPL Podcast Pundit, where Roger Bennett (Men In Blazers) is leaving usual winners Barry Glendenning (Football Weekly) and Keith Dover (Tuesday Club) in the dust.

Best EPL Blogs, Websites and Books

Who has the Best EPL Coverage Online for 2011-12? According to the readers who have voted so far, it’s neck-and-neck between The Guardian and Bleacher Report.

What about the Best EPL Forum for 2011-12? Last year’s winner, Grand Old Team (Everton), is in the lead with RTG Sunderland coming up fast.

Do you prefer 101 Great Goals or Footy Tube as your Best EPL Video Site for 2011-12? The latest poll has 101GG in the lead with Footy Tube closing the gap.

Jonathan Wilson is leading the race as the Best EPL Writer of 2011-12. Can David Conn, Daniel Taylor, Henry Winter or others catch up with him?

The race for Best EPL Blogger of 2011-12 is heating up. Michael Cox of Zonal Marking is in the lead, but Brooks Peck (Dirty Tackle), Arseblogger (ArseBlog) and Kieron O’Connor (The Swiss Ramble) are hot on his heels.

Which club has the Best EPL Club Blog of 2011-12? The race is incredibly close between The Anfield Wrap (Liverpool), ToffeeWeb (Everton) and Republik of Mancunia (Manchester United), while there’s still a chance for other club blogs to sprint out front.

Just as the race for Best EPL Club Blog is a close one, so too is the award for Best EPL Club Podcast where The Anfield Wrap (Liverpool) leads the way, followed closely by The Tuesday Club (Arsenal) and Chelsea Football Fancast.

In the category of Best EPL Blog, there’s a close race between Caught Offside, The Swiss Ramble and Zonal Marking for second place, while Dirty Tackle is in first. Kckrs, as of press time, is in last place.

In the category of Best Football Book for 2011-12, Jonathan Wilson’s book about Brian Clough is in second place, while Mick Rathbone’s book, “The Smell Of Football,” is in first.

Last year’s winner of the Best Online Football GameI AM PLAYR, is currently in the lead.

ArseBlog is beating out the likes of Robbie Savage, Henry Winter, Joey Barton, Rio Ferdinand for Best EPL Tweeter at

Vote for any or all of the categories today!

Voting closes at midnight ET on Sunday, May 13.

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21 thoughts on “Vote for the Best of the 2011-12 English Premier League Season”

  1. The United front go marching along. The steady stream of United articles on this site make more and more sense. Jonny Evans is the best defender in the league? Valencia is the best midfielder? Rooney the best striker? That one I can see but the other ones? Wow.

    1. Christian, Manchester United supporters are better organized in getting out the vote. There’s still plenty of time to get your City supporters voting to change the results. And don’t forget that there will be editor’s choice awards, too, so I’ll be picking out the winners for each category to balance the results against the popular vote.

      The “steady” stream of Man United articles? Since the Manchester derby, we’ve had a whopping total of one Man United article! Check it out at

      If you’d like to write for the site about your favorite team, find out more info at It’s an equal opportunity blog.

      The Gaffer

      1. It’s surely not about putting a vote in for your own team as that’s just childish and pathetic! You should vote for the best not who plays for your team and if you really think Utd players have been the best on any level them maybe you should go back to watching what ever sport you did before football. Would you really give a Utd player a vote? I don’t think so the nearest would be Rooney who is easily bettered by RVP.

    2. I think its the blind loyalty with lack of discernment that seems to be prevalent with Utd and arse Fans. I could have voted for just spurs players, but I didnt, the question isn’t who is the best x on YOUR team. Thats why people leave comments disrespecting Man Utd Fans.

      I can’t believe epl talk put arse face whingy wenger as an option on the most improved manager option and Harry wasn’t. Here is my thinking behind my statement. The arse have sucked all season bar a 7 game stretch and if it wasn’t for 1 player Van Dirty they would be sitting only 12, even the whinger himself admitted without that player they would be far lower add the arsenal fans booing and singing “you don’t know what your doing”, sure I guess he has improved after the last 7 winless seasons.

      On the contrary Harry had spurs playing so well up until Capello quitting, in a poll by epl managers spurs were voted as playing the most attractive football, this is coupled with being in third and 10 points clear of the apparently much improved arse face whinger, until march where the England speculation took its toll. lets see what else Harry has had to deal with. Oh yeah the witch hunt of a court case, the very public spat of Luka handing in a transfer request to go to chelski but being denied, the tottenham riots at the beginning of the season, the player that died for 78 minutes on the pitch in front of the spurs players. Add to the fact that we have been in the top four for 95% of the season without spending anything like those around us and playing great football to the point where he was over 70% of English peoples choice to take over as england manager. Plus he destroyed the beloved Pardew 5-0 but anyways.

      I voted for Mancini because with all the drama he has been dealing with as well as the expectation and pressure he has taken man city to the title (hopefully). I would have voted for Mancini even if harry was on the list, I guess harry not being on the list just added more evidence to the notion that the powers that be at epl talk have issues with spurs and lack the level of discernment i believed they had.

  2. Evans shouldn’t even be eligible for the award, much less leading the vote. Gaffer, it’s obviously nothing more than a popularity contest. What value is there in that?

    1. Jonny Evans should absolutely be included as a choice for voting. Yes, it ends up being more of a popularity contest for some people, not all. But it’s a chance for people to vote. Like I said earlier, though, I will be choosing an editor’s choice award winner for each category, to balance things out a bit. Either way, there’s tremendous value.

      The Gaffer

    2. Obviously im no different but I also want the best young taltened combined with established players im praying we sell Nasri and bring in Mata then focus on getting a top class CB. The sale of Nasri+Fabregas will be around 60m so there can be no excuses Wenger has the money there to spend personally I would love Yann M’Vila but maybe that can happen next summer.

  3. You can’t just SAY there is value. WHAT is the value?

    When people come to your site and see that Jonny Evans has been named Defender of the Year, will they take the time to read the post all the way through and interpret the data? If they do, they will simply write it off as the popularity contest that it is. If they don’t, you will get some users who think EPL Talk agrees that Evans was this year’s best defender. Either way, I don’t see how endorsing a contest or vote that places someone who should not even be listed in the top 10 at their position at the top is beneficial for EPL Talk’s credibility. But maybe the damage is worth when you post the link on Twitter stating “Evans wins ‘Defender of the Year'” and get a ton of morbidly curious page views.

    I appreciate that you will write an editor’s choice as we can attribute that to one person and argue the merits and hopefully have a spirited debate in the comments section to actually get feedback from the source. There is no such mechanism to question the Jonny Evans voters in the poles you have posted.

    1. There’s value in having thousands of people voting from around the world in one of the very few award competitions where readers get a chance to vote.

      There’s value in an awards competition that is now in its fourth year.

      If you think someone worthier than Jonny Evans should win, tell your friends, family and your fellow supporters to vote for him and explain why. Just because Manchester United fans have mobilized and voted for Evans doesn’t mean there’s no value in it.

      The Gaffer

      1. Having thousands of people be wrong has value? By encouraging me to rally friends and associates to vote for someone of MY choosing, you admit to the farcical nature of the contest. Shouldn’t they be voting for THEIR choice?

        Actually, because Manchester United fans have mobilized and voted for Evans DOES mean there is no value in it, precisely because you link their vote to their being United supporters. If thousands of Jonny Evans supporters had mobilized and voted for him, then fair play to them. Again, it’s nothing more than a popularity contest, and as United are the most popular, those associated with the club will win on popularity and not on merit. When you know the result before the voting opens, that is proof that there is little to no value in the exercise.

        Citing that the competition has been in place for 4 years does nothing to validate it. Lots of things go on for a long while despite being deeply flawed.

        1. It’s only wrong in your eyes. Just because you don’t agree with it doesn’t mean it has no value. Manchester United supporters could have voted for any defender. They voted for Evans.

          On a different note, how would you recommend we do a a people’s choice vote next year? As you can see at, we asked readers to nominate the players who they thought should be included. I’m open to hearing suggestions on how to improve it.

          The Gaffer

  4. Once I saw Johnny Evans leading the defender of the year, I stopped voting. This is stupid. You guys should just do Editor/Writer picks…

    You know people that actually watch more than one team.

    It’s so obvious that this is an American-based blog (I know it is supposed to be, but it’s just so typical).

    1. They do, and look at the diversity of suggestions, Rooney didn’t even make the shortlist, Clint Dempsey did, in-fact no Man u, liverpool or Spurs player made it to the short list, look at the responses in the comments. On here when people see the “man u fans mobilizing better” (as it has been put), then people don’t vote and it does influence and distort the voting, which sucks.

      1. Dust, I’ll be posting my editor’s choice winners for each category early next week.

        The Gaffer

        1. Great, if I may offer a suggestion, perhaps the epl team looks at the entire season and picks players with a short synopsis / season highlights as to why they were selected and then get people’s votes. Just an idea that may sidestep some issues that result from what is human nature, blind loyalty and people not voting because of it…just a thought.

      2. If I understand the story, the short list they provide is just for starters. They are going to add reader suggested nominees then open the whole thing up for fan voting. It will be interesting to compare the results of the two polls.

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