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Introducing The Balls.ie Irish Premier League Player Awards

By Mikey Traynor
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Welcome one and all to a fantastic new awards ceremony, where we look to acknowledge the boys in green who currently earn their living in the Barclays Premier League.

Some serious, some ridiculous, all deserved, these awards are the pinnacle for an Irish footballer, aside from actual, legitimate awards.

Let's get on with the show:

Premier League Player Of The Year

Another excellent season for Seamus Coleman at Everton which saw him continue to cement his place as a vital member of the side and one of the first names on the teamsheet for Roberto Martinez. With three goals and four assists from right back, he is by far the standout Irish performer in the league.

Premier League Goal Of The Year

This goal by Shane Long scored just last weekend against Aston Villa is the best Premier League goal scored by an Irishman this season.


Most Minutes Played

Sunderland captain John O'Shea has played 3091 of Premier League football this season.

Most Channels Run


The best metric for measuring the performance of an Irish attacker, Stoke's Jon Walters ran a stunning 372 channels. That's an average of 12 a game.

Most Flick-Ons Won

Another category to determine the effectiveness of an Irish player, Walters again reigns supreme as he won 46,263 flick-ons this season.


Highest 'Getting Stuck In' To Minutes Ratio


Hull City's David Meyler got stuck in once for every three minutes he was on the pitch in the Premier League this season, more than any other Irish player.

Most 'Nearly Great' Free-Kicks


Robbie Brady's total of 27 nearly great free-kicks is actually the most out of everyone in the Premier League this season. Both direct and indirect free-kicks that were nearly really effective were the specialty of Brady this campaign.

Comeback Of The Year

Shay Given's return to the starting spot at Aston Villa in recent weeks has been a welcome return for Irish fans watching the Premier League. It's great to see him back in there, and even back in the Ireland side as well.


Most Give-And-Go's

Coleman's total of 476 give-and-go's is a new Premier League record. He doesn't always receive the return ball, but he makes that surging run more than any other player in Premier League history.

Most Ridiculous Injury


Robbie Brady falling in a hole at Hull City training takes the cake this year.

Scrappy Doo Award For Scrappiest Performer

A tenacious pest in midfield, nobody puts in more niggly challenges and general scrappiness than Stephen Quinn. Just ask Jack Grealish.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Burnley right-back Steven Reid has announced his retirement from football, and he is the recipient of this season's lifetime achievement award for services to Premier League football.

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