Everton Player of the Month, 2003-04

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PLAYER OF THE SEASON



Nigel Martyn

When we polled our visitors back in September about which of David Moyes's four new signings was the best, only 2% voted for Nigel Martyn. Amazing then that, at the ripe age of 37, he is the clear winner of the ToffeeWeb Player of the Season, having already been voted Everton's official player of the year. Had he cost £2m we might still be calling his signing a bargain but the fact that he cost next to nothing easily makes him the most important of Moyes's acquisitions following a brilliant season. Let's not even dwell on the fact that we would probably be in the Nationwide League without Martyn's contribution this season. Kevin Kilbane was a distant runner up, with Joseph Yobo a close third.
Voting results (of 1,237 total cast): Martyn - 61.3 ; Kilbane - 13.2% Yobo - 11.0%; Rooney - 5.2%; Gravesen - 2.4%; Osman - 2.2%;

APRIL



Joseph Yobo

Few players came out of April with much credit which explains why two players, Joseph Yobo and Nigel Martyn, garnered 85% of the votes cast in this month's poll. The Nigerian deservedly picks up the April award — his first of the season — with over half of the votes going his way. Martyn picked up1/3 of the votes, with Thomas Gravesen a very distant third with 4%.
Voting results (of 372 total cast): Yobo - 52.4%; Martyn - 32.8 ; Gravesen - 4.3%; McFadden - 3.5%; Rooney - 2.4%; Kilbane - 1.1%

MARCH



Wayne Rooney

For the second successive month, Wayne Rooney has proved that he is back on form by scoring crucial goals and earning vital points for the Blues as they steer themselves clear of relegation danger. He and Tomasz Radzinski were pivotal up front and Thomas Gravesen's impressive contribution was not overlooked as he came in second in the voting.
Voting results (of 585 total cast): Rooney - 29.1%; Gravesen - 24.4 ; Yobo - 20.2%; Radzinski -6.3%; Kilbane - 5.8%; Martyn - 4.9%

FEBRUARY



Wayne Rooney

In a month that contained little to get excited about, the apparent resurgence of Wayne Rooney was one bright spot, as confirmed by this runaway win for the 18 year-old in February's voting. Rooney garnered almost two-thirds of votes cast, with his nearest challenger — last month's PotM, Kevin Kilbane — getting a mere 10%.
Voting results (of 527 total cast): Rooney - 63.6%; Kilbane - 10.4 ; Radzinski - 5.9%; Ferguson - 5.3%; Yobo - 2.9%

JANUARY



Kevin Kilbane

Sunderland fans are surely scratching their heads as Everton's flying Irishman scoops his second successive Player of the Month award after they branded him useless during their relegation season of 2003/03. The £1.1m signing from the Stadium of Light has been consistently excellent over the past couple of months for the Blues — what does that say for Peter Reid's management style? Nigel Martyn, the other most successful summer signing was second in this month's voting; Duncan Ferguson was third.
Voting results (of 877 total cast): Kilbane - 48.0%; Martyn - 32.0 ; Ferguson - 11.2%; Rooney - 2.6%

DECEMBER



Kevin Kilbane

Derided by many fans as a dubious panic signing on transfer deadline day, Kevin Kilbane has settled well at Goodison Park and emerged as the Blues' most conistent midfielder after an unconvincing start. When Everton's fortunes turned around in December, so did Kilbane's form and he deservedly takes the honours this month to go along with his new nickname: Kinedine Kilbane. David Unsworth garnered 21% of the votes, with Wayne Rooney close behind.

Voting results (of 982 total cast): Kilbane - 37.9%; Unsworth - 21.0; Rooney - 18.9%; Gravesen - 7.6%; Ferguson - 5.9%; Martyn - 5.10%

NOVEMBER



Nigel Martyn

For the second month running, surprise summer signing Nigel Martyn has been voted ToffeeWeb Player of the Month for his outstanding work between the sticks in place of Richard Wright. The 37 year-old is also back in the England frame on the back of his efforts in November. Thomas Gravesen received the second-highest tally of votes, with Joseph Yobo and James McFadden next on the list.

Voting results (of 779 total cast): Martyn - 29.7%; Gravesen - 18.0%; Yobo - 8.6%; McFadden - 8.2%; Radzinski - 7.7%; Stubbs - 5.8%

OCTOBER



Nigel Martyn

If we could have awarded a tie this month, we would have because the results were so close that it hardly seems fair to name just one winner. However, rules is rules and by virtue of a mere 0.7% advantage, Nigel Martyn is your ToffeeWeb Player of the Month for October, edging out Joseph Yobo in what was a pretty awful month for the team. The 36 year-old 'keeper kept three clean sheets and belied his years with some fine saves. James McFadden was a distant third in the voting.

Voting results (of 623 total cast): Martyn - 29.9%; Yobo - 29.2%; McFadden - 13.0%; Naysmith - 6.9%; Hibbert - 5.3%; Weir - 4.1%

SEPTEMBER



Steve Watson

Although his second successive PotM accolade says more for the poor start Everton's midfield has made to the season than anyone would care to admit, it would be unfair to overlook Steve Watson's achievements in the month of September, most notably his surprise hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Leeds. Indeed, the fact that James McFadden's impressive start to life in the Premiership didn't attract the majority vote (he finished 2nd) speaks highly of Watto's contribution.

Voting results (of 652 total cast): Watson - 33.9%; McFadden - 22.4%; Ferguson - 16.3%; Hibbert - 16.0%; Yobo - 6.8%

 August



Steve Watson

With two goals from midfield and an impressive start to the season, Steve Watson deservedly receives the accolade of ToffeeWeb Player of the Month for August based on the votes of our readers. The Geordie garnered 37% of the vote, with Gary Naysmith, another midfielder who found the net, second placed ahead of the now-departed Mark Pembridge. Pembinho arguably played better in his final four games for the Blues than at any time during the whole of last season!

Voting results (of 1164 total cast): Watson - 37.2%; Naysmith - 22.9%; Pembridge - 10.2%; Linderoth - 6.7%; Rooney - 5.2%


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