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The Tilehurst End Player Of The Season 2014/15

As the UK heads to the polls to nominate their new Members of Parliament, the dust has settled on a football campaign with amazing highs and desperate lows. On May 7th 2015, we ask you to vote for your Reading FC Player of the Season.

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And just as the politicians do, we've made our pitches, and drawn up our manifestos, to help you decide. Here's who we think should get your votes.

Jonny - Adam Federici

The first half of this season was an ongoing battle in our Player Of The Month ballots between two players - Oliver Norwood and Adam Federici. The latter took two of those wins, in October and January -  and, most importantly, kept his place consistently in 2015. Had this vote taken place in January, it would have been a two horse race. But now we're in May, the Aussie has galloped off into the distance.

Quite simply, without Federici, we would have been in big trouble. He picked up numerous Man Of The Match awards as he kept the Royals in games or, in some cases, just kept the score respectable. It speaks volumes that in a year where the defence has capitulated with alarming regularity, Feds has been the team's most consistent performer across the whole season. Players have had great months, but Adam has had a great year.

Even before Wembley, he deserved the award. It shouldn't make a difference. And to banish some demons, how about the penalty save to deny Darren Bent, who had a 100% strike rate from the spot before then? We've seen this season that emotions run high, especially if that was Feds' last season after nine years at the club. It's not a lifetime achievement award - simply, Adam has had the best season of his career.

Marc - Michael Hector

My thoughts are well known on the lad, and I truly believe him to be the most talented footballer at Reading FC - both in terms of present day and potential ability. I'm voting for him to be my Player of 2014/15 in the same way that Jordan Obita won the accolade last year, because he has stepped up from academy-bred fringe-defender-midfielder to a top-quality Championship centre-half growing into a fully-formed Prem-regular.

If I've over-hyphenated you there, I'll put it this way. This POTS vote won't come down to who delivered wonderful key moments, because there weren't many, it'll be who has been the stand-out player of a bad bunch, on the pitch, for 40+ games. Adam Federici comes close, but to avoid the Britain's Got Talent sympathy-vote, Michael Hector edges ahead to take the trophy.

Steve - Jamie Mackie

Jamie Mackie is the typical ‘fan on the pitch’ player. At the start of the season you could hear many fans say his lack of end product and pace meant he was a player who should be no more than a back-up on the wings. Yet in came Clarke and a swift switch to striker alongside Pogrebnyak and his impact was immediately tangible.

Whilst results didn’t improve much in the second half of the season, Jamie Mackie made his presence felt alongside the Big F****** Russain, with constant harassing, supporting runs and dedication to the cause lifting the entire team from the front. Without him, I’m not sure we’d have finished the season quite as comfortably clear from relegation as we did...

Wimb - Glenn Murray

Can someone who played 18 games really be considered for the POTS award? Well it's not how much you've got but what you do with it that matters and in Murray's case it was being a rare shining light in an awful campaign.

Murray's impact at the Madejski was instant, scoring twice in a 3-0 home win over Fulham that I'd argue was our best performance of the season. While Reading's injury ravaged midfield failed to provide much service, he still managed to find key goals against Wolves and Blackpool as well as giving Reading fans their only joy in a 6-1 thrashing at Birmingham. He then played a key role in getting Steve Clarke his first four points as Reading manager, with two goals at Brighton showing a glimpse of what he was to do upon his return to Palace.

Six Premier League goals later and it's hard to argue against what a fine player Murray is. Couple that with how awful Reading's forwards have been since and you begin to see how vital Murray was to getting points on the board. Reading took just 21 points out of 66 after he left the club scoring a meagre 18 goals. His departure also sent Simon Cox into poor form, with Cox going from 8 goals before he left, to none afterwards.

A consistent performer in an otherwise inconsistent team, Murray deserves some love for helping Reading get enough on the board to stay out of trouble,

Sim - Oliver Norwood

In a pretty drab season for entertainment, creativity stands out. In the first half of the season, when Nigel Adkins was manager, Oliver Norwood was our main creative outlet in a way that no-one else was. With the former gaffer trying to impose a new playing style onto the team, Norwood thrived.

At our attacking best, when Murray and Cox were finding the net, much of it was down to the influence of Oliver Norwood, starting attacks from deep. That's the kind of midfielder we've lacked in recent years - an intelligent, centrally positioned playmaker. The match against Fulham at the Madejski is a perfect example. With Akpan's energy freeing up Norwood, the ex-Terrier pulled the strings in the middle of the park with nous and finesse.

He may not have impressed as much under Steve Clarke, but it's hardly fair to judge him in a playing system he's not used to. Nonetheless, at a reported ~£650k, Norwood was a bargain summer signing that was one of the few to stand out in an otherwise worrying half-season under Nigel Adkins. The early stages of a campaign are easy to forget, but in the season we've just had, Norwood's early performances deserve to be remembered.


There you go - our five nominees. Pick your winner below - and don't worry about any controversies, we're using First Past The Post!