After an emotional and exciting final season at Upton Park, here are the fanzine’s awards to celebrate what was also a great season for me putting out 4 outstanding issues. Thanks to everyone who bought and supported 5M, including the contributors – Liam Tyrell, Essex Tom, Chip Hamer, Andy Halford, Chas Baxter, Andy Hall, Dave Harvey, David Johnstone and Bobby Ward. 5M Volume 2 will launch in September next season. Putting this ‘best of the season selection’ together was extremely difficult as there were so many highlights on the pitch and in the fanzine. But I think I have got it right.
5M West Ham Man of the Year
1. Mark Phillips
2. Mark Noble
3. Slaven Bilic
Mark Phillips has gone from the terraces to working his way up on the coaching staff at West Ham for the past 10 years. The spirit of 5MANAGERS has been about an era up until the sacking of John Lyall, the old ground as it once was back then and the connection between fans and the club and even though it would seem obvious to pick Mark Noble or Slaven Bilic, to me Mark is the worthy winner. A West Ham man through and through, one of us, and who knows, he may one day soon move from U18s coach alongside Steve Potts to working with the first team.
5M Interview of the Season
1. Frank Lampard Senior (issue 1)
2. Mark Ward (issue 2)
3. Frank McAvennie (issue 4)
This was the hardest selection. As in my opinion every interview was superb. So I would also like to thank the following as they were all as good as any of the top 3: Irvine Welsh (issue 4), Grant Fleming (issue 2), Jeff Turner (issue 1), Johnny Sissons (issue 4), Jah Wobble (issue 3), John King (issue 2), Kenny Brown & Mark Phillips (issue 3).
5M Player of the Season
1. Dimitri Payet
2. Mark Noble
3. Michail Antonio
5M Goal of the Season
1. Dimitri Payet free kick v Crystal Palace Home 02/04/16
2. Dimitri Payet free kick v Man Utd Away FA Cup 13/04/16
3. Dimitri Payet free kick v Bournemouth Away 12/01/16
5M Home Game of the Season
1. Liverpool FA Cup replay 09/02/16
2. Chelsea 24/10/16
3. Spurs 02/03/16
You’ll note that I haven’t included the final home game. That’s because I criminally didn’t get a ticket despite not missing a previous home game all season.
5M Away Game of the Season
1. Liverpool 29/08/15
2. Man City 19/09/15
3. Arsenal 09/08/15
Thanks again to everyone involved with the fanzine this season. There are still a few reprints of all 4 issues. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more info. Other than that. See you all in Stratford.