Jason Koumas wins Player of the Year Award

Last updated : 24 April 2006 By Michael Morris
Jason Koumas was voted Cardiff City Supporters Club Player of the Year at the annual awards dinner in Cardiff on Saturday night. The event took place at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay and was attended by some 350 guests as well as the full City playing squad, club directors, Sam Hammam and Dave Jones.

I wonder how many other top 10 Championship clubs or Premiership clubs have such occasions. Well done to the club for allowing the participation of the players and to the Supporters Clubs for organising the event.

All told there were 12 awards. First up was the www.cardiffcity.com Internet Mailing List award. Thanks again to the CCSC for allowing us to have the chance to present an award. I am grateful.

I'll list the awrds and winners and then a selection of photgraphs below.

1. CardiffCity.com Mailing List – Moment of the Season

The www.cardiffcity.com "Magic Moment" award was presented to Jason Koumas for his debut and goal against Leeds Utd on August 9th, 2005. Thanks to everyone that gave me a cheer when I went up to present the award

2. Cardiff City Supporters Club 1927 Club – Goal of the Season

The 1927 Club awarded Jason Koumas for his first goal away at Luton.

3. Cardiff City Bluebirds DownUnder – Best New Signing

Bluebirds DownUnder, the Australian supporters organisation chose Jason Koumas as their winner.

4. Cardiff & Valley RAMS – Rams Bollocks

The first of the Rams awards went to Darren Purse.

5. Cardiff & Valley RAMS – Mr Consistancy

Neil Alexander took the Rams second award.

6. Cardiff & Valley RAMS – Fan Award

Roger & Bev Jenkins picked up the fans award from the Rams. Roger and Bev run the Lansdowne in Canton. Just a few mins from Ninian Park and a pub that welcomes away supporters.

7. Cardiff & Valley RAMS – Player of the Year

Jason Koumas picked up his 4th trophy of the evening.

8. Redrow Homes – Player of the Year

Club sponsors Redrow Homes chose skipper Darren Purse as their player of the year.

9. Cardiff City Supporters Club – Hall of Fame

This season, the Supporters Club have decided to honour a local lad, whose career was sadly cut short through injury just a couple of season's ago. However, despite being forced to quit whilst still in his 20's, his commanding displays at the centre of the Bluebirds defence and of course his match winning goal at home to Leeds in the FA Cup, made him a Cardiff City legend – Scott Young. Award collected by Chris Barker in Scott's absence.

10. Cardiff City Supporters Club – Most Improved Player of the Year

There was one outstanding candidate for this award, who re-established himself as Cardiff City's number one during the season, whilst also picking up his first international cap for Scotland. A key part of the Bluebirds defence which has helped the team challenge for a play off place throughout the season, his displays during the year have been at a consistently high standard. The winner, Neil Alexander.

11. Cardiff City Supporters Club – Young Player of the Year

This season has seen two outstanding young players become firmly established first team regulars, both gaining recognition with international honours and attracting interests from many top clubs. The fans found it very difficult to choose between the goal scoring exploits of Cameron Jerome and the energetic midfield skills of Joe Ledley. Finally, they plumped for the teenager who has played in central and wide roles in the middle of the park and finishing the season on the left side of defence. The winner, Joe Ledley. Runner up Cameron Jerome.

and finally the main award.

12. Cardiff City Supporters Club – Player of the Year

The beginning of 2005/06 season, fans feared the worst for the year ahead, with the bookmakers tipping the Bluebirds for the drop. In the end, Dave Jones and his squad proved to be the surprise team of the division, competing in the top half of the table throughout the campaign. The season saw a number of new signings become fans favourites, but one particular player caught the eye. With breathtaking runs from midfield and fabulous free kicks. Possibly the finest midfield player many of us have had the pleasure of watching in a Cardiff City shirt, the fans were almost unanimous in their choice for the main award of the evening. Jason Koumas. Runner up Darren Purse.

Comments for awards 9 - 12 are courtesy of the Cardiff City Supporters Club.

Photo's from the award presentations.