Newcastle United FC v CS Maritimo - Euproa LeagueThe winner of the North East Football Writers’ Association’s 2012 player of the year has just been announced…

Obviously it must have a been a tough choice; whether to go for the prolific Demba Ba, the exceptional Hatem Ben Arfa, excellent Tim Krul, or Fabricio Coloccini who was named by his fellow professionals in the best eleven players of last season?

So we can reveal the winner was…Simon Mignolet.

Yes, the mackem keeper was the local journalists’ choice, the fact they pick the player based on the calendar year rather than the football season does slightly confuse matters but even with that being the case, the brilliance of Hatem Ben Arfa should have seen him easily come out in front having carried his outstanding form in the second half of last season over into this current one.

The full result saw Mignolet finish ahead of Ben Arfa with Tim Krul third.

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6 comments
wivawova
wivawova

A bit unfair to pick on MK Dons, I think.

I've been there twice this season with Chesterfield. It's a nice stadium - better than a lot of Premier League grounds - which now includes my pet hate of Watford, of course.  Better still, MK don't get a lot of support, so prices are cheap (£10 for the first, £6 for the second game), and there is no problem getting a ticket. The ground is black and white, has padded seats - and you'd imagine that it would feel more like a home game but without Ashley getting any of the proceeds.

The worst trip, I imagine, would be Brentford (a) - but that might still be a premier league ground if they make it through the play-offs.

Jimmywayhay
Jimmywayhay

Exactly ,wether they like Ashley ,carver or anybody else involved at the club ,they are picking up their wages week after week and should be going out for the fans and if they want to leave what better place than the pitch to showcase their ability or lack of it !

NottsToon
NottsToon

There is a massive disconnect between everything associated with the club. Fans, players, coaching staff and board are all at odds and it all goes back to the owner and his woeful mismanagement. I honestly believe that he has engineered this situation and we will shortly find out why.

scotty63
scotty63

@NottsToon Events at Rangers are unfolding too and it doesn't look like he's finished there yet either

A lex
A lex

Correct. 9 years of consistent cock-ups by this 'fantastic businessman'? Nah, it's all been a deliberate destruction and wind-down to create benefit solely for SD and MASH.

Don't think relegation was in his plan, though. Even if his gamble pays off this season, it won't work next. Some serious decisions now on Ashley's particularly large dinner plate.

NottsToon
NottsToon

@A lex When I say we will find out why, I believe that Ashleys greatest act of spite for the Toon has yet to be revealed. My bet is that all those bleating apologists who warned against rocking the boat in fear that we might become the next Portsmouth are about to see exactly that happen.