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EPL Talk Announces Winners of 2012 EPL Awards

2012 epl awards large EPL Talk Announces Winners of 2012 EPL Awards

More than 61,000 votes cast by soccer fans worldwide to recognize the best of the 2011-12 English Premier League (EPL) season

We’re proud to announce today the winners of our 4th annual EPL Awards, sponsored by Football Media. The 2012 winners are chosen by the readers and editors of EPL Talk, and honor the best soccer content and performances of the 2011-12 Premier League season.

“We rely on the EPL Talk readers to drive our annual readers choice awards, because they are among the most demanding and knowledgeable soccer fans on the planet,” said EPL Talk Editor and Publisher Christopher Harris. “Websites, podcasts and blogs are critical to keeping soccer fans constantly updated throughout the season, so when a nominee earns recognition in our awards, it really means something.”

The EPL Awards are based on the responses of thousands of EPL Talk readers, who voted from May 2 to May 13, 2012. The online ballot, which was compiled by the editors of EPL Talk, included more than 400 nominees. In addition to the readers choice awards, the editors of EPL Talk selected an Editor’s Choice Winner for each category.

Here’s the list of winners for each individual category:

Best EPL Blogs, Websites and Books

Best EPL Blog

  • Dirty Tackle (Yahoo), Readers Choice and Editors Choice Winners

Best EPL Blogger

  • Brooks Peck (Dirty Tackle), Readers Choice Winner
  • Kieron O’Connor (The Swiss Ramble), Editors Choice Winner

Best EPL Club Blog

  • ToffeeWeb (Everton), Readers Choice Winner
  • ArseBlog (Arsenal), Editors Choice Winner

Best EPL Coverage Online

  • The Guardian, Readers Choice Winner and Editors Choice Winners

Best EPL Writer

  • Jonathan Wilson (The Guardian), Readers Choice Winner
  • David Conn (The Guardian), Editors Choice Winner

Best EPL Forum

  • Grand Old Team (Everton), Readers Choice and Editors Choice Winners

Best EPL Tweeter

  • ArseBlogger (ArseBlog), Readers Choice and Editors Choice Winners

Best New Football Book

  • The Smell Of Football (Mick Rathbone), Readers Choice Winner
  • Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You (Jonathan Wilson), Editors Choice Winner

Best Online Football Game

  • Top Eleven, Readers Choice Winner
  • I AM PLAYR, Editors Choice Winner

Best EPL TV, Radio and Podcast Coverage

Best EPL TV Feature Show

  • Fox Soccer Report (FOX Soccer), Readers Choice and Editors Choice Winners

Best EPL Goal Highlights Show

  • Match Of The Day (BBC), Readers Choice and Editors Choice Winners

Best EPL TV Commentator

  • Martin Tyler (Sky Sports), Readers Choice and Editors Choice Winners

Best EPL TV Co-Commentator

  • Gary Neville (Sky Sports), Readers Choice and Editors Choice Winners

Best EPL Video Site

  • 101 Great Goals, Readers Choice and Editors Choice Winners

Best EPL Podcast

  • Men In Blazers, Readers Choice and Editors Choice Winners

Best EPL Podcast Presenter

  • Alan Davies (Tuesday Club), Readers Choice Winner
  • James Richardson (The Guardian), Editors Choice Winner

Best EPL Podcast Pundit

  • Keith Dover (Tuesday Club), Readers Choice Winner
  • Roger Bennett (Men In Blazers), Editors Choice Winners

Best EPL Club Podcast

  • The Anfield Wrap (Liverpool), Readers Choice Winner
  • The Spurs Show (Tottenham), Editors Choice Winner

Best EPL Radio Show

  • 606 Football Phone-In (BBC), Readers Choice Winner
  • World Football Phone-In (BBC), Editors Choice Winner

Best EPL Players and Managers

EPL Player of the Year

  • Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Readers Choice and Editors Choice Winners

Best EPL Manager

  • Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United), Readers Choice Winner
  • Roberto Mancini (Manchester City), Editors Choice Winner

Most Improved EPL Manager

  • Alan Pardew (Newcastle United), Readers Choice and Editors Choice Winners

Best EPL Striker

  • Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Readers Choice and Editors Choice Winners

Best EPL Midfielder

  • Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Readers Choice Winner
  • Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Editors Choice Winner

Best EPL Defender

  • Jonny Evans (Manchester United), Readers Choice Winner
  • Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Editors Choice Winner

Best EPL Goalkeeper

  • David De Gea (Manchester United), Readers Choice Winner
  • Joe Hart (Manchester City), Editors Choice Winner

A complete list of nominees and winners can be found at epltalk.com/awards
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About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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78 Responses to EPL Talk Announces Winners of 2012 EPL Awards

  1. BuckNasty says:

    lol DeGea. C’mon guys.

    • Ben says:

      that was the “man united fans mobilizing better than other fans”..nothing more than a popularity contest. there was no thought aside from man u fans voting for their players. no objective decision making there. thank goodness for the editor’s picks to make this worthwhile.

      • Slugs says:

        I have been a United supporter for the last 15+ years and even I voted for Hart, Dempsey, and Kompany in ther respective categories.

        I’m sure plenty of people voted for who the liked and not who was actually the best.

  2. Alex Wolcott says:

    De Gea is not bad by any stretch, and seems to have some real potential but WTF!?!?

    Of course I am going to be biased toward Joe Hart anyway, But even if not that, I’d have to agree that this is an example of the ManUbots distorting the voting. Best keeper? This guy at one point lost his starting job and only got it back when Lindegaard got hurt.

    I’d think that “lost starting job” or “got lit up for most goals in a match allowed in history of Old Trafford” should be disqualifiers as far as award eligibility goes.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Congratulations to Joe Hart for getting the Editors Choice Award, as well as De Gea for Readers Choice.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  3. Carmello says:

    Johnny Evans? DeGea? You serious? I love the United Community and everything, but let’s be realistic here.

  4. T* says:

    de gea best goalkeeper? really

  5. The Gaffer says:

    To recap, here are the clubs who won the most number of awards:

    Arsenal 4 awards,
    Manchester United 4 awards,
    Manchester City 3 awards,
    Newcastle 1 award,
    Fulham 1 award.

    And here are the winners of the other awards:

    The Guardian 5 awards,
    Dirty Tackle 3 awards,
    ArseBlog 3 awards,
    Men In Blazers 3 awards,
    Grand Old Team 2 awards,
    101 Great Goals 2 awards,
    Tuesday Club 2 awards,
    The Swiss Ramble 1 award,
    ToffeeWeb 1 award,
    The Anfield Wrap 1 award, and
    The Spurs Show 1 award.

    Congratulations to all of the deserved winners!

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  6. arsengal says:

    Hahahahahahaha De Gea? Hahahahahahahaha

  7. CB says:

    The Tuesday Club and Arseblog (together 5 awards) are both Arsenal. So 9 awards in total.

    I think we have broken the 7 year wait!!! Oh – and we did get Groundsman of the Year.

    No desperation at all.

  8. Thomas says:

    What rubbish? It doesn’t take a United fan to tell you that De Gea besides his slip at the start, has been consistently great for the vast majority of the year. De Gea is absolutely world class, and he’ll show it again next season.

  9. dust says:

    The much lauded Guardian newspaper have released their team of the season. And, its far more subjective, take note epltalk readers (and editors.)

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2012/may/15/guardian-readers-premier-league-team

  10. dust says:

    not sure where to put this, thought gaffer may be interested http://www.adweek.com/news/television/fox-sports-scores-soccer-140334

  11. Keith Dover says:

    Well that’s another pint of lager and lime your be sending me then

  12. Thomas says:

    Antonio Valencia is a far, far, far better player than Dempsey. Valencia kept United in the title race.

  13. Sqn Ldr Jock Jockius RAF DFC KNOB says:

    Jolly spiffing good to see Gran Old Team win the two forum awards for the second year running.

    My chums and I from the 81st Popcorn Squadron are positively giddy with delight.

    Tally ho and chocks away old bean.

    Zooooooooooooooom

  14. Matt Damon says:

    Well done GOT

    At least we’re not Villa!!

  15. Stallone says:

    De Gea was better than Hart by miles.

    Yer mars miles.

  16. Sniderman says:

    It ain’t over ’til I say it’s over

    *spins web and flies over Anfield and does a spidey poo

  17. Carlos21 says:

    Juice FM

  18. Grant Ouldteem says:

    Damned jolly good show to Mr. G Neville for his best pundit award.

    It would’ve been a crying shame for any of those godawful ex Liverpool players to win it.

    What do Messrs Hansen, Lawrenson and Thompson know about football anyway?

  19. Uriah Rennie says:

    I reckon Jonny Evans is the best player in this league, and in any league for that matter.

  20. Keep King Kenny says:

    DEEZ AWARDS ARE JUST ANOTHER MAN CONSPIRACEE AGAINST DER REDMEN. EVERYONE KNOWS WHEN DER KING GETS A REAL TRANSFER KITTY CAT DAT DER TITLE WILL BE COMING HOME EVEN ALDO SAYS SO NEXT YEAR WILL BE ARE YEAR YWAN

  21. Oh it’s a grand old team to play for, its a grand old team to support

    All of yer Ma’s!

  22. no1_evertonian says:

    I’ll rip youse all on Fifa yer bad teds

  23. Jordan Henderson says:

    Where’s my award like!

  24. Azzurri says:

    Dafuq was I banned? Nik was talking about going to Wetherspoons for the Fulham game in the same thread, my off topic discussion was with MoutsGoat who didn’t even get a warning and Caveo posted about 10 pictures of groundhog day in one thread without punishment.

    GOT IS FULL OF MELTS.

  25. Homeless says:

    GOT ruined my life. My wife left me, she was given full custody of at least half of our children and the dog. I’m now currently in the priory (Manchester) to alleviate my woes. The day I decided to join and do heroin really was the worst of my life.

  26. Chico says:

    I’m a kopite

  27. softlad says:

    Where’s the award for James McFadden ? He’s been as boss as everyones mar since going back to Everton, like

  28. Zombie says:

    Zombie eat brains.

    Zombie think Lucas best midfielder in world.

    Uuuuuurrrrggghhhh

  29. nevthebest says:

    Stunned

    No flabbergasted that Phil Neville didn’t win anything

  30. Groundskeeper Massive Willy says:

    Ach, yeez are all talking pish. Nae votes fir Aberdeen? Hoots min, fits that all aboot? Jings.

  31. Bluejock says:

    I think England will win the Euros.

  32. NiksMar says:

    Anyone want a reach around?

  33. NiksDad says:

    NiksMar stop offering out reach arounds you dirty slut bag

  34. ROZ LAD says:

    LONG LIVE KING KENNY

  35. MoutsGoat says:

    Anything to eat around here? It’s half an hour since dinner and I’m bloody ravenous.

  36. NiksMar says:

    I love me some big sausage though

  37. ROZ LAD says:

    Viva GOT!

    RAWK: All of yer ma’s on toast lads.

  38. Deranged says:

    NO ANDY CARROLL AWARD ? THIS IS AN FA CONSPIRACY,LAA. BET FERGIES HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THIS . DE GEA ? WTF..EVEN ANDY CARROLL IS A BETTER GOALIE THEN HIM FFS. SEE HIS DIVE AGAINST THE TOON? PROPER CLASS DIVE THERE. BETTER THAN ANY DIVE A GOALIE COULD DO. ANYWAY, CARROLl:S AS GOOD AS THAT DUNCAN FERGUSON FELLA. ALDO SAID SO AND HE@S ALWAYS RIGHT YA KNOW..

  39. NiksMar says:

    Anyone wanna see me rat for a fiver

  40. RadioFriendlyUnitShifter says:

    Anyone wanna come round mines and listen to some mainstream pop music?

    I love The Wanted me like

  41. Davek says:

    There should be an award for Kenwright and all of the hard work he has put in to make sure Everton still punch above there weight

    • You’re not a real evertonian otherwise you wouldnt come and stand 10 metres away from me car and lambast me with such stuff and horrible questions. Didn’t you see me (rightfully) pick up the Howard Kendall award the other night – fully deserved i though

  42. LAD, DIS IS A JOKE. HOW DID DA KING NOT WIN DA MANAGER OF DA YEAR. WE BEAT DA SECOND BEST TEAM IN DA WHOLE OF WALES IN DA CARLING CUP FINAL AND WE WAS ROBBED BY CHELSEA IN THE FA CUP FINAL. AND TO MAKE IT WORSE YOU GIVE PURPLENOSE AND THE SCARF WEARING LID MANCINI THE MANAGER OF DA SEASON AWARD. PRETTY CLEAR THIS IS A CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE GREAT LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB SET UP BY SOME MANCS WHO ARE JEALOUS OF OUR GLORIOUS HISTORTY. I HAVE ONE ALSO THING TO SAY, 5 TIMES!!! HOW ON EARTH DID CARROLL AND STEVIE G LAAA NOT WIN AN AWARD DID YOU NOT SEE GERRARDS PERFORMANCE AGAINST DE BITTERS AND CARROLLS AGAINST CHELSEA. BAD JOKE DIS YANO. YNWA 5TIMES GREATEST TEAM IN DEEE WORLD.

    DON’T WORRY LADS, NEXT YEAR IS OUR YEAR AND DA KING WILL LEAD US TO GLORY.

  43. LCAB says:

    Blah blah blah blah

    Blag transfer rumour

    Blah blah blah

  44. D/D says:

    I’m banning you all for this you know.

  45. Deranged says:

    Pineapple on pizza is bloody marvellous. Anyone who disagrees is a kopite, like

  46. Matt Damon says:

    Villa go no awards.

    At least my mum loves me.

  47. EFCNIK says:

    My hair is ridiculous, who am I kidding?

  48. Dylan says:

    Do I have make a thread again about going off topic

  49. NiksMar says:

    Nik get to bed you white belt wearing homo and stop trying to watch me in the shower

  50. Kurt says:

    Im English really.

    Well done GOT.

  51. CALMED DOWN ABIT KNOW AS JUST HEARD FROM ME MAR’S FELLA DAT HOLT AND DAT LITTLE ARGETINIAN LAD WHO PLAYS FOR BARCA ARE GONNA BE SIGNING FOR DA MIGHTY REDS. REMEMBER DIS WHEN WE WIN DA LEAGUE NEXT YEAR. YNWA 5TIMES

    KENNY IS DA KING

  52. Lcab says:

    I told you this would happen

    stand on my toes

    #oracle

  53. LCAB says:

    alright Muuucckaaa ;;;;;

    Pienaar iz comin’ back lads;; YOU were told ;

    #Oracula

    #knowhatimean

  54. RAWK Moderation Team says:

    We were wondering if one of the other forums could take Andy@Allerton for a while?

    We’re getting bored of him the massive jeb-end

  55. Brian Swan says:

    I don’t think GOT were worthy winners in my opinion, I would have only taken NiksMar and NiksDad from their team. SWANSEE 4 DA LEEGGG LID.

  56. Brian Swan says:

    that bloody got has a cheek boyo. . . . . That prat who writes the game previews is a flaming idiot. Hasn’t got a clue the fool. Up the swans!! Top 5 next season!!

  57. shearers boots says:

    Howay canny bollocks. SHEEEEEEEEEEARER!

    Anyways, hows them bloody scouse lot won this, ah divn nah.

    Champs leeeeg man nah what ah mean like?

    Ah bollocks Ashley oooot

  58. Awiight,

    It was us!!!

  59. Davek says:

    Minor goings on over the park that don’ really concern us

    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/LPOOLnew tealady/prentice

  60. Brennan91 says:

    Is right Dave.

    Moyes out. He’s never signed a tealady in 10 years. Everyone’s dyin of thirst and he’s saying he’ll ask Bill every pre-season. Not good enough!!!

  61. Nik's Hot Sister says:

    well done GOT. Party at my house as soon as my drippy brother goes out. Mums here too!!

  62. degsysdidge says:

    g’day cobbers, it’s a bonza day for all the Sheila’s at GOT forum. Best on the net mate! Strewth!! Fair dinkum. Love from Oz x

    soon!!

  63. David Moyes says:

    Sappenin boys.

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