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Alan Harper Award 2022/23


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Pre-amble for any new posters/readers 

Most of you will be up to speed on the famous Alan Harper Award, but just for any new readers, here's a quick explanation. 

Points are awarded for misdemeanours throughout the season and the player with the most points at the end of the season takes the prestigious award. Points are awarded as follows, 

Yellow card - 1 point 
Penalty conceeded - 2 points 
Penalty missed - 2 points 
Red card - 3 points 
Own goal - 3 points 

Alan Harper was a squad member of the excellent Everton side of the 80s, who always seemed to have a stormer against us - in fact he scored the first goal against us in the 1985-86 F.A. Cup semi final. So when Wednesday signed him for £275,000 in June 1988 it's fair to say that most Wednesdayites were pretty pleased with the signing. Predictably, he then turned out to be absolute garbage for us. It is not his lack of form that sees this competition named after him though, but his antics in a 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, in which he conceeded a penalty, scored an own goal and got booked, an impressive 6 points all in one game. 

The Alan Harper Award was a mainstay of Cheat fanzine between 1989 and 1996, made a return in War of the Monster Turcks in the 00s, and has been resident on Owlsonline since 2006. 

The Owlsonline winners of the Alan Harper Award are; 

2006-07. Tommy Spurr 
2007-08. Jermaine Johnson 
2008-09. Mark Beevers 
2009-10. Lewis Buxton 
2010-11. Giles Coke 
2011-12. Reda Johnson 
2012-13. Miguel Llera 
2013-14. Sam Hutchinson 
2014-15. Glen Loovens 
2015-16. Sam Hutchinson 
2016-17. Sam Hutchinson 
2017-18. Daniel Pudil 
2018-19. Barry Bannan 
2019-20. Moses Odubajo 
2020-21. Barry Bannan
2021-22. Barry Bannan

So. A great start to this year’s competition. Gregory leads the way with his two yellow card red, with Windass, Byers, Ihiekwe and Stockdale getting yellows.

Gregory 3

Byers 1

Ihiekwe 1

Stockdale 1

Windass 1

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Another four yellows from the trip to MK with Ihiekwe, Bannan, Paterson and Dele-Bashiru all going into the ref’s notebook.

It’s shaping up to be a high scoring competition this season

Lee Gregory 3

Michael Ihiekwe 2

Barry Bannan 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Calum Paterson 1

David Stockdale 1

Josh Windass 1

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We calmed down a little in the cup tie v Sunderland. Just the one point as Bakinson opens his AHA account.


Lee Gregory 3

Michael Ihiekwe 2

Tyreeq Bakinson 1

Barry Bannan 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Calum Paterson 1

David Stockdale 1

Josh Windass 1

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