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Bialkowski Player of the Year for Third Successive Season
Saturday, 21st Apr 2018 20:06

Blues keeper Bartosz Bialkowski has won the Supporters Club’s Player of the Year award for the third successive year with Martyn Waghorn the runner-up.

Only John Wark has now won the Harwich Rosebowl on more occasions - in 1988/89, 1988/89, 1991/92 and 1993/94 - than the 30-year-old goalkeeper.

Having initially been presented with the gong on the pitch prior to this afternoon’s match, Bialkowski was handed it again at this evening’s Player Awards Evening, which was hosted by Alan Lee.

Accepting the award, the Poland international was asked about his future and whether he would be back at Portman Road in 2018/19 to win for a fourth year.

In January, former manager Mick McCarthy revealed Bialkowski had agreed a new deal, which the keeper himself subsequently said still had one or two details left to be tied up.

“Obviously I’ve still got one year left,” Bialkowski said, referring to the one-year option the club has on his current contract.

“I’ve told my agent I don’t want to do anything before the end of the season. I think my agent is still talking to the owner, so we’ll see what happens.”

Bialkowski, who also carried off the Ultimate Supporters Award (formerly the Away Match Passport Holders Award), recently won his first Poland cap, which he says was his proudest moment.

“It was my biggest dream to play for my country and it finally happened," he added. "It was a massive achievement and I now just want to go to the World Cup.”

Midfielder Flynn Downes, 19, who came on as an injury time sub as Luton Town confirmed promotion to League One after drawing 1-1 at Carlisle this afternoon, was named the Academy Player of the Year.

As is the tradition at the Awards Evening all the players who have made full debuts during the season were given salvers.

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martin587 added 20:18 - Apr 21
Undisputed king of Portman Road.👍

BlueandTruesince82 added 20:20 - Apr 21
Told you. Deserved yet again

wkj added 20:25 - Apr 21
I hope to god he plans to make a go at a fourth

HALLSJ added 20:27 - Apr 21
Top top performances again and again

TimmyH added 21:55 - Apr 21
Congratulations Bart again!...but it says a lot for the outfield players that a goalkeeper wins this for the third time in a row, the rest really need to get their act together.

MrJase77 added 22:27 - Apr 21
So he is looking to leave, at least that's what I gather from what he said. Can't say I blame him though I guess. Congratulations.

jas0999 added 22:31 - Apr 21
No surprise. Can’t really name another candidate close to him.

Well done Bart.

blueboy1981 added 23:06 - Apr 21
We would have been sunk without him - well deserved - yet again.

Saved McCarthy's embarrassment on many occasions, who really didn't want to play him, and preferred Gerken remember .. !!

Make the most of the next couple of games with him - he's gone after that.

Len_Brennan added 23:23 - Apr 21
For 2 years our previous manager didn't even accept that he was our best keeper, never mind our best player. Bart has been outstanding for us & will be a massive loss to the team if/when he leaves. Couldn't blame him if he gets a shot at first team Premiership football, especially now that he's in the reckoning for Poland, but would be gutted if he went to a Championship rival or to warm the bench in the Premier League - don't think he would though.

PJewellisaGod added 05:27 - Apr 22
No surprise. Outstanding keeper who has stopped our team getting humiliated on numerous occasions.

lightingblue added 06:58 - Apr 22
If it wasn’t for mock. He wouldn’t be here

lightingblue added 06:59 - Apr 22
Mick not mock. Spell check again !!

trncbluearmy added 07:04 - Apr 22
Best keeper ITFC have had for a long time,but I sincerely hope he is
1.Here next season
2.Does not win it next season


SpiritOfJohn added 07:21 - Apr 22
Bart has guaranteed legend status with his third consecutive win.
Typo above John Wark won in 89/90 not twice in 88/89 😉
Also, Warky won his awards in his second and third spells, when he was arguably past his best, and he got the accolades while playing in 2 different positions - midfield and central defence.

tractorboybig added 07:35 - Apr 22
If he gets in the poland world cup squad he will be gone,
Deserves the award but sort of sums things up when your goal keeper wins it thrice running.

pennblue added 07:52 - Apr 22
Thank you Bart. Without you, we would no doubt be staring relegation in the face. If Evans does not break the wage structure of the club to keep you, then if you get an offer to double / triple your salary to set you and your family up in the future, then I would totally understand that decision. I hope / prey, you are happy in the area, you realise your are the fans favourite, and that Evans coughs up and gives you the contract that you have earn't, and deserve.

pennblue added 07:57 - Apr 22
I just want to add that it does not always work out to move on to another club. If Bart does stay for the next 4/5 years, then he will enshrine himself into this clubs history forever as being undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers the club has ever had. He would then be given the red carpet treatment, the same sort of respect as some of the former top players at the club, but for the rest of his life. Money can't buy that of course :)

Len_Brennan added 08:18 - Apr 22
@lightingblue: That's just not true. Bart's arrival here has very little, if anything to do with Mick. It does have all to do with Malcolm Webster - and the fact the he is retiring now further adds to the likelihood of a Bart departure this summer.
Ok, as manager he probably could have said "no I don't want him here", but any suggestion that it was Mick's great ability to spot a hidden gem in the lower leagues is way off in this case. The club had tried to sign Bart permanent even during Keane's time as manager.

dirtydingusmagee added 11:03 - Apr 22
absolutely the class act again , he just gets better. HE saved us from relegation, so many times saving a point or saving us from a thumping. Congratulations Bart. Well done Martin been putting in good shifts even though the goals dried up a bit .

Monkey_Blue added 11:52 - Apr 22
Evans has to be smart. If we lost Bart we’d need an awful lot of money spent making up for the fact he’s won us so many points. He needs to tell Bart we will spend. What we’d need to spend will be less if we aren’t also making up for not having the best non prem keeper in the side.
Of course Evans may justify selling with the idea that He can add that cash to what the incoming manager has to spend, but I don’t think anyone as good as Bart will come to us.

Edmundo added 19:31 - Apr 22
Totally agree with Monkey: just financially it makes sense to go all out to keep him. Depends on many factors including the new manager, what/if any plan is in place to get our Club on the up and of course how much ME cares about the cash he may get.

Pilgrimblue added 19:57 - Apr 22
Fantastic shot stopper and deserves all the praise. His kicking let's him down but with new manager maybe he'll have more options and we'll keep possession longer.

Bad_Boy_Mark added 20:00 - Apr 22
Bart is the best keeper outside the Premier League, those in charge need to sort whatever is preventing the contract from being signed and give him a pay rise too!

A class act who obviously loves the club and we want him to stay where he is loved!


Southamptonblue added 13:11 - Apr 23
Congratulations Bart - well deserved

runningout added 15:15 - Apr 23
When our keeper is voted player of season for past 3 years it’s disturbing.. Big clear out required if our outfield players don’t improve mentality

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