The dust has barely settled on another Premier League campaign but that has not stopped us from taking a quiet moment to deliver our respective gongs. Office debate has been in full flow as skysports.com's football writers dissect all that has passed since it all kicked off on August 14.
Last Updated: 07/06/11 4:39pm
Mark Buckingham - @skysportsbucko
Best player: Nemanja Vidic. A defender's defender, the Manchester United captain was immense, and his commitment and determination set the tone for his team's Premier League title success.
Best rising star: Charlie Adam. He may be 25, and it may be that he needs a team to be built around him, but in his first year in the Premier League, Adam's range of passing and dead-ball ability has been a joy to watch.
Best match: Blackpool 2 Man City 3. Blackpool were involved in many an entertaining game this season and there was a real end-to-end feel about this game against City at Bloomfield Road back in October (NB - I didn't watch Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4).
Best manager: Sir Alex Ferguson. To get an 'average' team to win a record-breaking 19th top-flight title and reach the final of the UEFA Champions League demonstrated the depth of the Manchester United manager's expertise.
Best signing: Javier Hernandez. At £6m an absolute steal for Man Utd. Excellent movement off the ball and scored a bunch of crucial goals during a stunning debut season. Van der Vaart was just as good a bargain but faded after Christmas.
Biggest flop: Fernando Torres. It does take time to settle when you move clubs mid-season, but for £50million you've got to expect more from a striker than one goal in 18 appearances for Chelsea.
Best goal: Dimitar Berbatov. Always prefer a team goal and Berbatov's third in Man Utd's 7-1 thrashing of Blackburn was a wonderfully crafted goal sweeping the length of the pitch, which just shades Mark Davies' for Bolton v Blackpool scored on the same day.
Best celebration: It's led to a string of copycats, but Sergio Ramos' dropping of the Copa del Rey trophy off the team coach after Real Madrid's win over bitter rivals Barcelona.
Best moment: Michael Jackson statue. For comedy value alone, Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed's decision to erect a statue of Michael Jackson outside Craven Cottage takes some beating, and a fan moonwalking up and down the steps during Fulham's game v Blackpool was merely the icing on the cake.
Biggest bugbear: Fatigue. Managers and players moaning about being 'tired' drive me mad. They should be in peak physical condition and playing two games of football a week should be relished, not feared.
Alex Dunn - @skysportsaldunn
Best player: Luka Modric's sinewy scheming deserves mention, as does Charlie Adam's talismanic promptings for Blackpool but Manchester United's title success has been built on a brilliant backline and no player has been more impressive than Nemanja Vidic.
Best rising star: Jack Wilshere is the first midfielder England has produced in over a decade who looks like he could be Spanish. A fine touch and vision that is matched by a pugnacious appetite for the battle should see him emerge as a talent as important to the national team as Wayne Rooney in the next few years.
Best match: The final ten minutes of Wigan's 3-2 win over West Ham at the DW Stadium in the penultimate game of the season was as compelling as humanly possible. Both teams looked punch drunk, staggering up field to exchange blows in desperation for a winner, before Charles N'Zogbia won it in stoppage time.
Best manager: Roy Hodgson deserves a hearty slap on the back for completing a remarkable metamorphosis from the worst to best manager in a single season, but Sir Alex Ferguson wins the top gong for taking the crappiest team in the history of the world to the Premier League title and Champions League final.
Best signing: Javier Hernandez is the obvious choice given his sensational debut campaign in England but it is Peter Odemwingie who proves the best bang for your buck. His 15 league goals in 32 appearances were instrumental in helping West Brom to 11th place on their return to the top flight.
Biggest flop: Whilst it's fun to watch a match and think you genuinely might be better than a £50million striker, Roman Abramovich may not concur. Fernando Torres replicated his World Cup form throughout a whole season, with the fact he scored more goals against Chelsea than for them the most telling of statistics. It's also safe to say scouts won't be flocking to the next Homeless World Cup to find the new Bebe.
Best goal: In the words of The Times' Jonathan Northcroft, Dimitar Berbatov's five-goal haul against Blackburn was 'like a man in silk pyjamas shooting pigeons from a deckchair', with the pick being his hat-trick strike that started with the Bulgarian in the left-back position and finished with him rifling the ball past Paul Robinson. Before lighting up a Gauloises.
Best celebration: Manchester United fans unfurling a banner emblazoned with the words "MUFC 19 TIMES" inside Anfield to the chimes of 'You'll never Walk Alone' deserves praise for its sheer chutzpah and blatant disregard for human life.
Best moment: Survival Sunday was brilliant, for everyone except me as I had to write the round-up.
Biggest bugbear: Super injunctions, or rather the sanctimonious load of old tosh that has been written about why they should be overturned. The fact we're all so obsessed with the finer details of who Ryan Giggs has been fiddling with is a sad indictment of the tabloid-saturated rag of a world we're living in. Get a grip. Or a muzzle instead of a gag.
Rachel Griffiths - @skysportsrachg
Best player: In his first year as Manchester United captain, Nemanja Vidic has steered his side to a record 19th title, as well as holding things together at the back and popping up with a host of crucial goals in undoubtedly his finest season at Old Trafford.
Best rising star: It's easy to forget Javier Hernandez is just 22 years old given the extraordinary impact he has made at Manchester United during his debut season. Hard-working, passionate and a natural goalscorer, you get the feeling we've only seen a glimpse of what Little Pea has to offer.
Best match: Newcastle's recovery against Arsenal in February was nothing short of astounding. The Toon looked destined for humiliation when Arsene Wenger's men went 4-0 up within 26 minutes, but the hosts unleashed probably the comeback of the season to peg them to a draw.
Best manager: Even with Blackpool's relegation confirmed, there's no denying the stellar job Ian Holloway has done this term. The eccentric boss helmed a Seasiders side whose entertaining, attacking football was a welcome addition to the top-flight, while his ability to keep star man Charlie Adam from the clutches of Liverpool in January was a feat to be admired.
Best signing: Chicharito gets my vote again. An individual tally of 13 league goals is a tidy return for a player who arrived at Old Trafford from Guadalajara for a measly £6million last summer. Unquestionably one of Sir Alex Ferguson's finest acquisitions, it's unlikely United would have won the title without the pint-sized Mexican.
Biggest flop: It's impossible to look anywhere else than Fernando Torres. The expectation piled on the Spaniard's shoulders was immense when he swapped Liverpool for Chelsea in a £50million move back in January. Six months on and all El Nino has to show for his switch is a solitary, forgettable goal against West Ham.
Best goal: Forgive me for going with the masses, but Wayne Rooney's overhead kick against Manchester City inevitably gets the nod. Jaws dropped in pubs and living rooms nationwide when the striker unleashed the bicycle effort, before everyone scrambled for the remote to watch it again in slo-mo.
Best celebration: It has to go to the cheeky, and arguably suicidal, Manchester United supporters who snuck into Anfield to display an inflammatory banner reading 'MUFC 19 times' after the Red Devils bagged the title, with Sir Alex Ferguson himself admitting he wished he'd thought of the prank.
Best moment: Tottenham's wait to beat Arsenal on their own turf was a lengthy one, but after 17 years they managed to come from behind to overthrow the Gunners at Emirates Stadium and make North London derby history, with Younes Kaboul's late header crowning the memorable win.
Biggest bugbear: Blackburn were 13th in the Premier League when Sam Allardyce was shown the door in December. Steve Kean took over and the club endured a dismal run of form that culminated in them only narrowly escaping relegation on the final day of the season. If it isn't broke, don't fix it.
Rob Parrish - @skysportsrobp
Best player: Edwin van der Sar. The veteran Dutchman has been integral to Manchester United's success over recent seasons and David De Gea faces a significant challenge in filling the void created by his retirement. Despite celebrating his 40th birthday in October, the former Ajax, Juventus and Fulham No.1 still boasts astonishing agility and reflexes, while his positional sense and ability to launch attacks with accurate distribution are second to none.
Best rising star: Jack Wilshere. Comparisons with Barcelona and Spain star Xavi may be somewhat far-fetched at this stage, but there is no doubt that Wilshere is the real deal. After cutting his teeth on loan at Bolton last term, the youngster made a place in Arsene Wenger's first XI his own and has also forced his way into Fabio Capello's senior England squad. Boundless energy, precision passing and tough tackling make him one of the brightest talents to emerge in recent years.
Best match: Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4. After just 26 minutes at St James' Park some Magpies fans were already heading for the exits having seen their team fall 4-0 behind with Arsenal rampant and cruising after goals from Theo Walcott, Johan Djourou and Robin van Persie (2). But the dismissal of Abou Diaby at the start of the second period put the visitors into a tail-spin and the hosts roared back courtesy of Leon Best and a brace of Joey Barton penalties. Cheik Tiote then practically took the roof off the Gallowgate as he lashed home the leveller three minutes from time.
Best manager: Roberto Mancini. Yes, he has no limits to his transfer and wage budget, but he still has to keep all those egos happy. Training ground fights, the Carlos Tevez transfer saga and speculation over his own future have all been dealt with smoothly. Winning the FA Cup and finishing third, level on points with Chelsea, could mark the start of something special for the blue half of Manchester.
Best signing: Javier Hernandez. Few had heard of the Mexican youngster when his arrival was announced by the Old Trafford outfit prior to the World Cup. Hernandez served notice of his blistering pace and ice-cool finishing prowess in South Africa and then promptly took the Premier League by storm on his debut season, finishing with 13 goals and keeping Golden Boot winner Dimitar Berbatov on the sidelines in the latter stages.
Biggest flop: Fernando Torres. An outlay of £50million in return for a single, solitary, lonely Premier League goal is bad business even for someone as wealthy as Roman Abramovich. The Spain international, previously the scourge of defences at club and international level, has looked more like a lost soul in the last 12 months. But, surely, with his natural ability, a pre-season to gel with his Blues team-mates and greater confidence, the fearsome forward of before will return.
Best goal: Wayne Rooney. Given that Sir Alex Ferguson described Rooney's stunner against Manchester City as one of the best he had ever seen at Old Trafford, it has to be a bit special. The England international produced an astonishing piece of athleticism, balance, skill and power to rocket an unstoppable overhead kick into the top corner of Joe Hart's net to seal victory in this season's derby.
Best celebration: Cheik Tiote. You can keep your pre-planned routines from the training ground and any ensemble numbers which mimic Bebeto's cradle-rocking from the 1994 World Cup. For me, the best celebrations are all about raw emotion. And few come more uninhibited than Tiote's primal scream as he charged from one end of St James' Park to the other after his last-gasp leveller in the 4-4 thriller with Arsenal.
Best moment: Darlington winning the FA Trophy. There are few highlights to supporting the Quakers, but this was simply sensational. With the scores locked at 0-0 at the seconds ticking down in extra time, up popped Chris Senior to head home and send 10,000 travelling fans - myself included - completely crazy. (Note to Ed - You said 'Premier League only'. Well, this is the Blue Square Premier.)
Biggest bugbear: The complete lack of perspective in the modern game as demands for immediate success get ever-more ridiculous. Carlo Ancelotti wins Chelsea their first-ever double in their 125-year history and then gets sacked the next season after finishing second. Utter nonsense. Sustained success can only come from stability.
Pete Fraser - @skysportspetef
Best player: Luka Modric. Gareth Bale may have grabbed more headlines, but Modric is the key for Tottenham. His wiry frame hides excellent strength, skill, speed and an eye for a pass.
Best rising star: Jack Wilshere. It is not so much the depth of his skills - passing, awareness and balance - but that he has the maturity and confidence to carry them out at the age of just 19.
Best match: Newcastle 5 Sunderland 1. The Kevin Nolan-inspired destruction derby. The sight of Sunderland manager Steve Bruce stood in sheer disbelief on the St James' Park touchline was enough to crack the coldest of hearts.
Best manager: Sir Alex Ferguson. It has not been one of the best Manchester United teams, but then again it has not been a vintage season. The Scot's undeniable excellence has therefore been invaluable in achieving success in such an unpredictable campaign. Special mention to Stoke's Tony Pulis.
Best signing: Cheik Tiote. He may be a yellow card waiting to happen, but he has added a competitive edge in Newcastle's midfield and the £3.5million paid to FC Twente last August looks like a bargain.
Biggest flop: Fernando Torres. Unbelievable to think that Chelsea paid £50million for a striker who has been short on fitness and confidence for at least two years. The transfer further undermined Carlo Ancelotti.
Best goal: Wayne Rooney v Manchester City. Despite the probable risk of echoing several colleagues, an overhead bicycle-kick to win a Manchester derby cannot be ignored.
Best celebration: Roberto Martinez. After Wigan's escape from relegation on Survival Sunday, the Spaniard lobbed his suit jacket into the crowd at Stoke. Suggestions that he lost his wallet in the process proved to be wide of the mark. The credit card company would never have believed it anyway.
Best moment: 'Epic swindle'. Not so much a 'best', but Liverpool's autumn battles in the High Court were a collection of remarkable moments. The rebuilding work of Kenny Dalglish and Fenway Sports Group makes it even more difficult to think it was not all just a bad dream.
Biggest bugbear: Blackpool being described as 'a breath of fresh air'. It was tough to become encapsulated by the widespread affection for a club who simply represented the perennial plucky underdog. It may well be Swansea next season.
James Pearson - @skysportsjamesp
Best player: Considering there was not a clamour for his signature Rafael van der Vaart has been a sensational acquisition for Tottenham. The Dutch playmaker has been superb for Harry Redknapp's side from start to finish. 13 league goals from midfield speaks for itself.
Best rising star: No youngster has impressed me more than Arsenal's Jack Wilshere. The teenager is a star in the making. Thoroughly-deserved England call-up and his displays against Barcelona were a joy to behold. His tenacious never-say-die attitude is just what Arsenal need.
Best match: Although I did not see it live Newcastle's stunning 4-4 draw with Arsenal is the game that stands out. The Gunners were in cruise control early on, but Abou Diaby's dismissal sparked a second-half collapse. Cheik Tiote's stunning strike earned an unlikely share of the spoils for The Magpies.
Best manager: Sir Alex Ferguson guiding Manchester United to a record 19th title is some feat, but, for me, without Roy Hodgson, West Brom would have been relegated. The ex-Fulham boss endured a rough ride at Liverpool but worked wonders at The Hawthorns culminating in an 11th placed finish.
Best signing: Although Luis Suarez looks an excellent capture for Liverpool this gong has to go to Man United's Javier Hernandez. The Mexico international has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water. 13 league goals from the £6million striker is an excellent return.
Biggest flop: It is hard to look past Fernando Torres for this unwanted prize. The Spain international looked a superb signing for Chelsea at the time, but the £50m capture failed to have an immediate impact at Stamford Bridge. One league goal from 14 appearances is not good enough.
Best goal: There is only one serious contender for this goal in my opinion and that's Wayne Rooney's sensational strike against Manchester City. The England ace showed world-class technique to hammer home an overhead kick and win the game for Manchester United.
Best celebration: Witnessing Wolves' fans celebrate survival was something special. The fans went through a rollercoaster of emotions against Blackburn and although they lost the match they stayed up. Fans swamped the Molineux pitch and celebrated in the right matter with Blackburn's supporters.
Best moment: This has to be Ian Holloway's conference in the wake of the news that Wayne Rooney would see out his Manchester United contract. The Blackpool boss blasted the Bosman ruling, hitting out at Uefa and those in charge by stating that players should not leave for free.
Biggest bugbear: As much as I admire Carlos Tevez as a footballer and appreciate his contribution to Manchester City, the speculation surrounding his future is a farce. Players should honour the contracts they sign. Seeing constant speculation about his future is simply disrespectful to City and he should do more to put the record straight.
Lewis Rutledge - @skysportslewis
Best player: Nemanja Vidic. Nobody stood out as being considerably better than the rest but my vote goes to Vidic, a commanding figure in the heart of Manchester United's defence and captain of a title-winning team.
Best rising star: Kyle Walker. A player that started the season on loan with Queens Park Rangers, Walker finished the campaign as one of the Premier League's leading right-backs and his performances for Aston Villa also resulted in a call-up to the England squad.
Best match: Tottenham 3 Arsenal 3. Both sides really needed to win at White Hart Lane to keep their respective dreams alive but in the end it was perhaps fair that nobody lost, after a breathtaking encounter which included five goals in the first half, most of them top quality.
Best manager: Sir Alex Ferguson. It has to be Ferguson for steering Manchester United to a record 19th league title. As well as dealing quickly with the Wayne Rooney transfer request that could have been disruptive, he rotated his squad expertly throughout the season.
Best signing: Peter Odemwingie. Having arrived at West Brom from Lokomotiv Moscow last summer with no Premier League experience, it is remarkable how much of an impact he has made for a club that would probably have been in relegation trouble rather than mid-table comfort without his 15 goals.
Biggest flop: Avram Grant. Having escaped Portsmouth with his reputation intact, Grant made a complete mess of the West Ham job. The players must take their share of the blame but for such a talented squad to suffer relegation reflects on the manager's apparent lack of motivational skills, and the only surprise was that he lasted as long as he did.
Best goal: Mark Davies. Long-range strikes and overhead kicks are all well and good, but to meet my criteria for a great goal then more than one touch of the football is required. Johan Elmander and Nedum Onuoha's solo efforts were sublime, but for me the best goal of the season was scored by Mark Davies against Blackpool. It was wonderful team play from Bolton as Kevin Davies, Elmander and Ivan Klasnic combined to set up Mark Davies for a fine finish that made it 2-2.
Best celebration: Fernando Torres. On the grounds that it is the only one I can really remember, Torres takes this prize for the overzealous way in which his only goal for Chelsea this season was celebrated. Having scored against West Ham, the Spaniard was congratulated by his team-mates as if he had helped clinched the title, rather than a £50m striker finally doing his job.
Best moment: Survival Sunday. The relegation dogfight was engrossing all season and it all came down to the final day, when the scenario changed with virtually every goal involving the five teams still in the mix. Great drama.
Biggest bugbear: Lack of respect. The lack of respect on display in the Premier League continues to undermine the beautiful game. Managers should be able to give opinions about match officials in such a way that they are honest without being unnecessarily insulting, while the sight of players screaming, swearing and angrily confronting referees was supposed to be a thing of the past. The FA is right to plan a clampdown on this sort of behaviour next season.
Graeme Bailey - @graemebailey
Best player: Carlos Tevez. Got my vote for FWA Player of the Year and my opinion has not changed, was brilliant from start to finish, not just in patches and led Man City from the front with some awesome performances.
Best rising star: Predictable, but you cannot look past Javier Hernandez - outstanding first season, looks a wonderful goalscoring talent, signed for £6million and would now cost over £20million.
Best match: Newcastle v Arsenal. Eight goals, but the drama was unrivalled as the home side battled back to level after being 4-0 down at the break - remarkable.
Best manager: Sir Alex Ferguson. 19 league titles and a championship with a side almost nobody predicted could do it.
Best signing: Again impossible to look past Hernandez, £6million does not buy you much in English football nowadays, but the Mexican showed what a great capture he was.
Biggest flop: Arsenal's title charge. Arsene Wenger's chargers again flattered to deceive as they floundered and eventually finished in fourth.
Best goal: Wayne Rooney's overhead kick against Manchester City was pure theatre and only a few players in the world could have scored that.
Best celebration: Roberto Martinez being mobbed by his players on the final day and then throwing his lucky jacket in the crowd, the Spaniard deserved to celebrate after leading Wigan to safety.
Best moment: Survival Sunday was the Premier League at its best, drama from first to last and made for an unmissable last day.
Biggest bugbear: Apart from doing this! Ian Holloway press conferences where his only aim was to make sure he could get himself as much publicity as possible regarding a subject he had nothing to do with.
Peter O'Rourke - @skysportspeteo
Best player: Nemanja Vidic. The United skipper was the bedrock of their title success with his consistent performances with many different central defensive partners.
Best rising star: Martin Kelly. The Liverpool youngster was one of the shining lights in a disappointing season at Anfield and he is sure to become a key player in the future
Best match: Tottenham 3 Arsenal 3. The first meeting between the pair was exciting, but the return at White Hart Lane was everything that makes the Premier League so good to watch.
Best manager: Roberto Mancini. Under immense pressure Mancini has managed to control all the egos at City and help them win the FA Cup and qualify for the Champions League.
Best signing: Javier Hernandez has been a bargain but I am going for Peter Odemwingie at West Brom who scored 15 league goals to help fire them to safety after joining for £1million from Lokomotiv Moscow.
Biggest flop: Fernando Torres has looked a shadow of his former self since his £50million to Chelsea. Mention also must be given to Joe Cole at Liverpool who was regarded as the bargain of the season before the action got underway last August.
Best goal: Some big contenders for this one, but my shout goes to Nedum Onuoha's superb solo effort in Sunderland's stunning 3-0 win over Chelsea. The defender showed the skill and touch of a forward to waltz through the normally tight Blues defence.
Best celebration: Bolo Zenden. The Dutchman's attempts to copy Asamoah Gyan's goal celebrations during the win over Chelsea were so bad it was good. The dancing even saw his team-mates ridicule Zenden over his lack of rhythm.
Best moment: Kenny Dalglish's return to Liverpool. The return of King Kenny has got the feel-good factor back at Anfield, with the Scot getting the best out of players who under-performed under Roy Hodgson.
Biggest bugbear: The constant refusal of Fifa to introduce technology as it would bring an end to so many controversial incidents that mar the beautiful game.