Vital Football

Latest BHA FC News

Upson Claims Player Of The Year Award

Upson Claims Player Of The Year Award

As expected Matt Upson was named as the Brighton Player of the Year at Tuesday's awards evening.

Now very much in the twilight of his career, but still going strong, the 35 year old former England international was rightly crowned our best player meaning he wins such an award for the first time in his career.

Talking to BBC Sussex Upson expressed his delight at winning the award, which means so much more owning that is comes from those that have watched you throughout the season and appreciated your consistency.

'I'm 35 and haven't won it before. I'm very pleased.

'To get that kind of recognition of what you've done over a season is important and it's very rewarding that people have appreciated what you've done and that you've worked hard to try and maintain a level of performance over quite a long period.'

A big question now is will Upson be around to defend his award? If he is will that be with us as a Premier League side or still a Championship one? This latter of these questions could be answered this weekend if Reading match, or better, our result.

Upson's experience and composure should come in handy for us this weekend.

Composure is something that he knows we've got to show plenty of if we're to have a chance of making the play offs, even if it's out of our hands at the moment with Reading know that as long as they matched our result against Nottingham Forest when they play Burnley it'll be enough.

'We have to play with intensity but composure and not get flustered. We've just got to go out and leave everything on the pitch and what will be will be.

''We've got to have a real bite about our play, which at this stage of the season is quite difficult as there are some tired legs and we've played a lot of games.

'You have to really maintain that focus. We've got to be really focused and make good decisions.'

Well played to Upson, he's won the Player of the Year award and definitely deserved too but I'm certain he would trade that for promotion given the choice.

Hopefully we'll be left with an 'ideal world' situation where both come off!

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:VitalSeagull
Date:Wednesday April 30 2014
Time: 2:17PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Brighton & Hove Albion Articles

Stats: Brighton v Reading

All the stats from Brighton (3) vs (0) Reading, Amex Stadium, 25/2/17 Att: 29,613

Brighton v Reading - Team Sheets

Brighton are at the Amex Stadium with Reading the visitors for the latest Championship game.

Brighton v Reading - Follow Live On Twitter

Brighton are at the Amex Stadium with Reading the visitors today, this will be a 5:30pm kick-off.

Brighton Confirm Forest Beamback

Brighton have tonight confirmed that the game against Nottingham Forest in early March will be beamed back to the Amex for fans to enjoy.

Archived Vital BHA Articles

Vital BHA articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital BHA
Write For Vital BHA
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Reading MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Stockdale0%
Bruno0%
Duffy0%
Dunk0%
Pocognoli0%
Knockaert0%
Stephens0%
Sidwell0%
Murphy0%
Murray0%
Baldock100%
Sub - Hemed0%
Sub - Akpom0%
Sub - Tomori0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 33 21 8 4 71 31
2 Newcastle 33 22 4 7 70 37
3 Huddersfield 33 20 5 8 65 8
4 Leeds Utd 34 19 4 11 61 12
5 Reading 34 18 6 10 60 2
6 Sheff Wed 34 17 7 10 58 9
7 Fulham 33 14 11 8 53 17
8 Preston 34 14 10 10 52 5
9 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
10 Barnsley 34 14 8 12 50 4
11 Derby County 33 13 9 11 48 6
12 Cardiff 34 13 7 14 46 -2
13 Brentford 33 12 7 14 43 2
14 Birmingham 34 11 10 13 43 -13
15 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
16 Q.P.R. 34 11 7 16 40 -11
17 Aston Villa 33 9 12 12 39 -7
18 Forest 34 10 7 17 37 -12
19 Burton 34 9 9 16 36 -13
20 Wolves 32 9 8 15 35 -5
21 Bristol City 33 9 6 18 33 -6
22 Wigan 34 7 10 17 31 -10
23 Blackburn 32 7 9 16 30 -13
24 Rotherham 34 4 5 25 17 -45
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Brighton & Hove Albion Results (view all)

Brighton & Hove Albion Fixtures (view all)

Feb 28 2017 7:45PM : Newcastle United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 10 2017 7:45PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 5:30PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Andy Horton1
The Vital Football Members League