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CPFC Awards Night 2014: The Nominees

6 May 2014

With the club's annual Awards Night not far away, we can reveal the nominees for three of the top prizes which will be handed out that night.

The event, which takes place on Tuesday 6th May at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon, will be an extra special evening celebrating the Eagles' achievements throughout a season which has brought about Premier League survival for the first time, and award those who have starred for Palace over the past nine months.

So who will be walking away with the silverware this year? Here are the contenders:

Player of the Year – Voted for on the night by those in attendance.

Marouane Chamakh
After signing from Arsenal at the start of the season Chamakh has scored five times and has become a pivotal part of the Palace front line, providing assists for team-mates as well as netting goals himself.

Damien Delaney

A rock at the back for Palace this season, the Irishman has forged strong partnerships with Danny Gabbidon and Scott Dann at the heart of the Palace defence, putting his body on the line and producing many crucial tackles to protect his goal.

Mile Jedinak

Last year's winner has once again led by example. He scored his first Premier League goal against West Ham United in the victory at Upton Park and has been one of the stand-out midfield performers in the division, providing an ever-crucial barrier to the defenders behind him.

Jason Puncheon

The summer arrival from Southampton is the top scorer at Palace this season and when has found the back of the net Palace have never lost. He has got better and better throughout the season and has become one of Tony Pulis' first names on the teamsheet.

Julian Speroni

Looking for his fourth Player of the Year award, Palace’s shot stopper has kept an impressive 12 clean sheets so far in the Premier League, five more than the keepers from the other promoted sides. Speroni has made some brilliant saves at key times in matches to clinch vital points.

Joel Ward

The right back has enjoyed an excellent season and has certainly earned the right to be mentioned for an England call up in the summer. He has performed at the highest level consistently and is one of the main reasons Palace have been strong at the back.

Young Player of the Year – Voted for by Holmesdale Online and BBS message boards.

Yannick Bolasie

The winger has steadily improved throughout the campaign, increasingly showcasing his blistering pace and quick feet to help provide goals for the Eagles as he gets used to life in the Premier League.

Dwight Gayle

Despite starting last season in League 2 Gayle has proved his worth in the top-flight, netting three goals for Palace including crucial goals against Sunderland and Aston Villa to help the Eagles climb out of the relegation zone.

Stuart O’Keefe  

The tough-tackling midfielder has impressed when given game time and played a vital role in Palace picking up their first three points in the Premier League at Sunderland in August, as well as some fine appearances off the bench when Tony Pulis aims to see out games.

Joel Ward

As well as being a contender for the night's main prize, Ward could also scoop the Young Player of the Year thanks to his versatility playing at right-back, left-back and in midfield at times this season.

Goal of the Season – Voted by the Five Year Plan Fanzine - click here to vote

Stuart O’Keefe v Sunderland - 31st August 

O’Keefe rounded off Palace’s first win of the season with a stunning first-time finish, curling the ball first time with his left foot into the top corner to register his first ever senior strike in style.

Marouane Chamakh v Cardiff City - 7th December  

After a long ball into the box, the ball was partially cleared by the Cardiff defence but it fell to the Moroccan striker who chested the ball down before smashing the ball into the bottom corner with the outside of his foot.

Dwight Gayle v Aston Villa -26th December 

With the game looking as if it was heading for a goalless draw, Gayle received the ball about 30 yards out, cut inside his man on the left and curled the ball past Brad Guzan into the top right hand corner to clinch a vital victory.

Jason Puncheon v Cardiff City - 5th April

Puncheon picked up the ball on the right hand side of the Cardiff box, stepped past Steven Caulker before curling a glorious effort into the top corner that left David Marshall helpless to put the gloss on a first-class performance.

Cameron Jerome v Everton - 16th April

Puncheon played the ball to Jerome across the 18 yard line and the striker cushioned the ball with his first touch to take it away from John Stones before coolly curling the ball into the bottom corner with his right foot.

As well as these awards, many more prizes will be handed out including the usual Scholar of the Year, Academy Player of the Year, Fan of the Year and the Vice Presidents' Player and Young Player of the Year, plus a Special Achievement Award which will be given posthumously to former chairman Ron Noades who passed away in December.

Kicking off at 7.30pm, a great evening of entertainment is planned including our very own Crystal Girls, celebrity guests, your chance to put questions to the owners and relive the 2013/14 season through our video diary.

Tickets are priced at just £25 (a booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies, reduced to £1 per ticket if paying in person, in cash) and bookings can be made by calling 020 8688 9291, visiting the Fairfield Halls between 10am and 6pm or online here.

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