The end of 2016 is upon us, and what a typically mental year it has been - we started 2016 deep in a relegation battle and we end 2016 deep in a relegation battle, so not much has changed there.
There have been some memories to savor over the last twelve months or so, though.
From dragging ourselves right out of the bottom three to get ourselves to the safety line with a game to go - sending down our bitter rivals Newcastle in the process - to the fantastic January transfer window that we had, to finally rounding off the year with some wins under our belts, 2016 could have been worse - just ask an Aston Villa fan.
Vote below - the winners will be decided tomorrow, and then over the course of next week we'll take you back through the past year step by step on the site in the build up to the start of 2017.
Goal Of The Year Candidates
- Wahbi Khazri's fantastic volley against Chelsea in May;
- Fabio Borini's last minute equaliser against Palace in March;
- Victor Anichebe's superb strike away at Bournemouth in November;
- Jermain Defoe's crucial winner against Chelsea in May.
The Roker Report End Of 2016 Awards are here - vote now for the best #SAFC goal of this past year from our four candidates.— Roker Report (@RokerReport) December 20, 2016
Player Of The Year Candidates
- Jermain Defoe - our top scorer in 2016;
- Lamine Kone - arguably the signing that changed our season in 15/16;
- Jordan Pickford - such a tremendous player with world class potential;
- Jan Kirchhoff - a class act that held us together in the race for survival.
The Roker Report End Of 2016 Awards are here - vote now for the best #SAFC player of this past year from our four candidates.— Roker Report (@RokerReport) December 20, 2016
Best Home Game Candidates
- Everton (3-0) in May - the final nail in Newcastle's coffin;
- Chelsea (3-2) in May - the game which all but secured survival in dramatic fashion;
- Man Utd (2-1) in February - a great home victory over a strong side;
- Leicester (2-1) in November - defeating the Champions in style.
The Roker Report End Of 2016 Awards are here - vote now for the best #SAFC home game of this past year from our four candidates.— Roker Report (@RokerReport) December 20, 2016
Best Away Game Candidates
- Swansea (2-4) in January - a proper drubbing and a Defoe hattrick;
- Norwich (0-3) in April - the game-changer in the survival race;
- Watford (2-2) in May - party atmosphere as we knew we were safe;
- Bournemouth (1-2) in November - the day that big Victor finally arrived.