Following the success of the first Ngonges last season (see here), I am pleased to announce I will be repeating the awards this season, with winners to be announced at the beginning of May.
The Ngonges, if you didn’t notice them last season, are the awards I allocate to loan players in the Football League. I feel its time to broaden the scale of the Ngonge Awards, however. While staying true to the ethos of the Ngonge – that is to reward those who are a short-term fix for their club –there is a lot of different types of loan player that weren’t given full recognition in the basic 3 Divisional system for 2012/13.
After a bit of deliberation, I’ve decided on the following eight categories of award for this season and, as ever, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you feel you can argue the point for a viable candidate.
The Ngonge Ruby Boot
This award is to be given to the player with the most goals scored as a loanee during the 2012/13 season as a Football League loanee. I would look to the likes of James Vaughan, Chris Wood or perhaps even Paddy Madden would qualify. It is a concrete thing – nominations not needed.
The Golden Glove Ngonge
This award is to be given to the goalkeeper with the best goals/games ratio throughout the 2012/13 (min. 10 games) as a Football League loanee – again, nominations won’t be needed.
The Golden Heart Ngonge
This award is to be given to the player with the best assists/games ratio throughout the 2012/13 (min. 10 games) as a Football League loanee – again, nominations won’t be needed. Golden Heart, as in ‘Heart of Gold’, as in ‘helpful’, as in ‘assisting’.
The Magnesium Ngonge
This award is to be given to the player who made the most impact over a period at a club either in less than 10 games. Maybe they kept a number of clean sheets, or won games at a club who otherwise didn’t; maybe they scored goals. Nominate here, or Tweet me (@Marco4J)
The Leopardskin Ngonge
This award is to be given to the player who has turned up on loan at a team that was previously unthinkable (changing their spots). Maybe a former Bristol City player wore Rovers’ quarters this season, for example. Nominate here, or Tweet me (@Marco4J)
The Heart-Shaped Ngonge
This award is to be given to the player who has made the most impact after a loan spell was made permanent. This will be limited to those players who moved in January, so there might be a small field here. Nominate here, or Tweet me (@Marco4J). Heart-shaped as in ‘having fallen in love’ with their new club. Loan spells prior to permanent signings will not be considered.
The Granite Ngonge
This award is to be given to the (outfield) loanee who featured in the most league games in the Football League this season. If there is a tie, a jury (I might open the judgement to Twitter) will sit in.
Friend Of The Ngonge FC
This award is to be given to the club that has had the highest number of loanees on their books during the 2012/13 season. Where that is a tie, it will go to minutes played by those players.
The Chocolate Ngonge
The only ‘negative’ award on the list. This is recognition for a loan spell within the Football League that really didn’t work out. Maybe it was zero appearances, maybe it ended in a farce, maybe it contained appearances so appalling they need bringing to a wider audience. Nominate here, or Tweet me (@Marco4J)
The Platinum Ngonge
This award is simple. Its for the best loanee in the Football League during the 2012/13 season. If you only nominate for one, nominate for this one. It’s the most coveted of all the Ngonges Nominate here, or Tweet me (@Marco4J)
If you didn’t read last season’s descriptions, the Ngonges are named for Michel Ngonge, who once had an utterly forgettable loan spell at Huddersfield. His name lives on.