Saturday, November 13, 2010

E.ON Player of the Round


 Pick your favourite from the First Round Proper.

The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON
First Round Proper
E.ON Player of the Round
Click here for the Second Round Proper ties

Five players have been nominated for the E.ON 'Player of the Round' award following their performance in The FA Cup First Round Proper.

A five-strong panel will nominate their candidates after each round (up to and including the Semi-Final) and you can vote for your favourite on

The panel comprises FA Cup hero Ricky George, E.ON’s Executive Director Graham Bartlett, Radio 5 live presenter Mark Chapman, The Daily Star’s Sports Editor Howard Wheatcroft and TV personality and FATV presenter Tim Lovejoy.

The selections for the First Round Proper are as follows:

Josh McQuoid, AFC Bournemouth
McQuoid opened the scoring in the first minute and grabbed himself a second just three minutes later, as the Cherries found themselves 3-0 up after only seven minutes. After a superb fightback from Tranmere, levelling the scores at 3-3, McQuoid restored the lead for Bournemouth and in doing so he bagged a first senior hat-trick. A great performance from the Cherries striker, and a 5-3 finish meant the home side booked their place in Round Two (Ricky George).

Adam Birchall, Dover Athletic
Birchall opened the scoring with a superb 25-yard strike, firing into the top corner after shrugging off one and skipping past another of the Gillingham defenders. He then played a key part in Dover’s second, winning possession for the away side before Luke I'Anson supplied the finish (Mark Chapman).

Mark Scott, Swindon Supermarine
In their maiden FA Cup First Round Proper tie in their 18 year history, Swindon Supermarine claimed a famous victory over Eastwood Town to secure their place in the next round. The victory was largely thanks to the acrobatics of goalkeeper Mark Scott, who was called into action to maintain their narrow advantage. Constant shots on goal were denied by Scott and an impressive one-handed save late on was a highlight of his key role in this momentous occasion (Tim Lovejoy).

Jake Cottrell, FC United of Manchester
A solid display from Jack Cottrell was capped with a superb left-footed strike from distance in this dramatic FA Cup tie. With one of the goals of the round, Cottrell helped keep United’s FA Cup dream alive before they went on to beat Rochdale 3-2 (Howard Wheatcroft).

Gary Madine, Carlisle United
20-year-old striker, Gary Madine scored four as Carlisle hit Tipton Town for six. A first-half hat-trick helped United go in 5-0 up at half-time. Madine added a fourth with a late strike to help his side ease into Round Two (Graham Bartlett).

You have until midday on Monday 22 November to vote for your favourite and the player with the highest number of votes will receive a commemorative trophy and two VIP tickets to The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Final on 14 May 2011.