Johnson named your Pompey Player of the Season

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Forget Glen Johnson being tempted away by the Premier League's leading lights in his desire for silverware - he's already winning plenty here.

And at the last count it's numbered a staggering 15.

The England full-back has been crowned by you, the readers of The News and Sports Mail, as your Pompey Player of the Season.

He takes over the mantle from team-mate David James, who's finally loosened his iron grip on it over the past two seasons.

It's not the only accolade Johnson's received as the campaign draws to its inevitable close, mind.

There are another 14 to keep the trophy – won in the past by legends such as Mark Hateley, Guy Whittingham and Steve Claridge – company on the mantelpiece at his exquisite Surrey home.

Worthy recognition indeed for arguably the greatest campaign of the 24-year-old's footballing life – and one which has catapulted him into the 15m value bracket.

No wonder Liverpool are being linked with a summer swoop for Johnson as they look to assemble a Premier League-winning team.

Such has been the former Chelsea defender's dominance in The News/Sports Mail Player of the Year stakes, he amassed 10 times as many votes as runner-up Peter Crouch.

Crouch was many fans' choice having effectively scored the goals which kept Pompey in the top flight.

In total, his 16 goals and five assists have comfortably established him as the side's chief attacking threat during a season of struggle.

In turn, the England striker beat off the challenge of Sean Davis by just one vote.

But it was Johnson who finished well ahead of the in-form duo to claim the honours and take his year's trophy haul to 15.

It's an unparalleled clean sweep which is hardly surprising considering the quality of performances produced on a consistent basis by Johnson.

Over 36 appearances, he has demonstrated a new-found maturity, particularly in defensive situations, to compliment his natural attacking brilliance.

The ex-West Ham youngster has also demonstrated his versatility by operating on the right-hand side of Paul Hart's midfield five at times.

Credit to his outstanding ability, he hasn't looked out of place, either.

It's also been the year which has seen him resurrect his international career, emerging as Fabio Capello's favoured number two.


The News/Sports Mail Player Of The Year

PFC Fans' Player Of The Year

PFC Players' Player Of The Year

The Quay Goal Of The Year

Norwegian Player Of The Year

Stateside Pompey Player of the Season

South West Player of the Season

London Branch Player of the Season

Pompey Down Under Player of the Season

Clan Pompey Player of the Season

Portsmouth Supporters' Club Central Branch

Isle of Wight Player of the Year

Chichester Player of the Year

Canada Supporters' Club Player of the Year

Northern Blues Player of the Year

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