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Federici And Hector Pick Up Awards
25 June 2015
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Adam Federici and Michael Hector are the winners in the annual Hob Nob Anyone? End of Season Awards. The voting, the longest running annual on-line voting for the club, saw some interesting results. Federici was named as 2014/2015 Player of the Season in a category where only two out of the top six players remain at the club. Michael Hector was runner-up in that category but was a clear winner for the Most Improved Player of the Season. Hector won the vote by a massive 57% from runner-up Jake Cooper. Both players enjoyed real break through season's in the centre of the Reading defence.
If you take the FA Cup run out of the 2014/2015 season then you're left with a very forgettable period in Reading's history. Reading's history semi-final appearance against Arsenal at Wembley takes the top spot for the Best Performance of the Season by a clear margin. Our quarter-final win over League One Bradford City at the Madejski is third in the final vote count. League matches made up less than 30% of the total voting.
There was plenty to choose from the the Worst Performance of the Season category! As a result the voting was very widespread with so many disappointing Championship showing to take your pick from. The resounding winner was the game that Nigel Adkins will remember so well. The 1-6 hammering at Birmingham City saw Adkins given his marching orders. Things didn't improve at all in the League under new manager Steve Clarke though. Despite Adkins taking charge of half of the season, Clarke see's three games under his charge in the top four. Those three games were all home defeats to nil. Very poor times at the Madejski Stadium.
If you're a regular reader of the Hob Nob Anyone? forums you'd think all Reading FC supporters expect the worst - but it appears not. Last season 60% of the vote thought we'd be midtable which was roughly right - although only 11% thought we'd be "safe - just". This time around the figures are similar but definitely a shift towards less expectations. However only 7% think we'll go down - while 12% think promotion of play-offs are on the agenda - madness! If the pattern follows through expect Reading to be hovering around that magical 21st in the table position.
Full results of all the categories are now available.
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