JOE PIGOTT was the standout for the WDSA Player of the Season. He scored 20 of his team’s 54 goals in League One and contributed with another five assists — that’s almost featuring in half of Wimbledon’s league goals.
That was clearly reflected in the voting of WDSA members and contributors. The ‘Pig’ polled an incredible 103 votes — comprising 20 major votes. He won the award by an astonishing 77 votes from the next best, midfield loan signing George Dobson, who only came to the club from Sunderland for the second half of the season.
Pigott scooped up all the club’s major awards – Player of the Year, Radio WDON Player of the Year and Junior Dons’ Player of the Year.
Sadly, Pigott did not accept the club’s offer of a new contract and became a free agent and subsequently joined League One rivals Ipswich Town.
“This has been the toughest decision of my career and I’ve decided that I will be looking for a new challenge,” Pigott said when announcing he would be leaving Wimbledon.
“It’s been an absolute privilege to play for this club as it represents exactly what the game is about – the fans. To not play in front of a packed Plough Lane is something that upsets me.
“The rise this club has had since reforming has been remarkable and to help play a part in stabilising the club in League One has been a pleasure. It hasn’t been easy at times, but the spirit of the club always shined through in the end.
“Everyone at the club should be very excited for the future. I’m sad to be leaving my home, but excited for what the future holds. I’m sure we will cross paths soon. Will miss you all.”
Mark Robinson’s major task this new season will be finding an adequate replacement for Pigott and his goals.
“It’s difficult because you’re not going to sign someone who has scored 20 goals in League One,” Robbo said.
“No disrespect, but they are not joining us – they are going somewhere else if they have scored 20 goals in League One. So you are either looking at a loan with potential or taking someone from the lower leagues who has scored goals and you’re hoping they can transfer that to a higher level.”
Dobson, who went for the bigger money offered by Charlton Athletic, finished second with 26 votes in the WDSA POTS with former youth player Jack Rudoni third with 18.
WDSA Player of the 2020/21
103 — JOE PIGOTT
26 — George Dobson
18— Jack Rudoni
14— Alex Woodyard
10 — Ayoub Assal
5 —Ryan Longman
4 —Nik Tzanev
2 — Will Nightingale
1 — Ben Heneghan, Ollie Palmer
WDSA PLAYER OF THE SEASON WINNERS
PAST WINNERS: 1986-87 JOHN FASHANU; 1987-88 JOHN FASHANU; 1988-89 DENNIS WISE; 1989-90 HANS SEGERS; 1990-91 JOHN FASHANU; 1991-92 ROBBIE EARLE; 1992-93 JOHN SCALES; 1993-94 DEAN HOLDSWORTH; 1994-95 WARREN BARTON; 1995-96 OYVIND LEONHARDSEN; 1996-97 CHRIS PERRY; 1997-98 MICHAEL HUGHES; 1998-99 JASON EUELL; 1999-2000 NEIL SULLIVAN; 2000-01 KELVIN DAVIS; 2001-02 KENNY CUNNINGHAM; 2002-03 KEVIN COOPER (AFCW); 2003-04 MATT EVERARD; 2004-05 RICHARD BUTLER; 2005-06 ANDY LITTLE; 2006-07 ANTONY HOWARD; 2007-08 JASON GOODLIFFE; 2008-09 BEN JUDGE; 2009-10 DANNY KEDWELL; 2010-11 SEB BROWN; 2011-12 JACK MIDSON; 2012-13 JACK MIDSON; 2013-14 BARRY FULLER; 2014-15 JAMES SHEA.; 2015-16 PAUL ROBINSON; 2016-17 TOM ELLIOT; 2017-18 DEJI OSHILAJA; 2018-19 WILL NIGHTINGALE; 2019-20 MARCUS FORSS