Vote now for your Goal of the Season

There were many memorable goals scored during our first season back in the Premiership and march to the FA Cup final, but which one did you consider to be the best?

Well, now is your chance to decide, by taking part in the official Goal of the Season award for 2005-06. We are asking all Hammers fans to pick their favourite goal from the short-list of 10 selected by our editorial team.

And what's more, all who vote will be entered into a free prize draw to win a VIP day out at the Club's Chadwell Heath training ground, where they will present our award to the winning player and enjoy lunch with Alan Pardew and the rest of the first-team squad.

Simply take your pick from the short-list of contenders below and click through to our Poll page to cast your vote.

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The closing date for all votes is 5.00pm on Wednesday, June 14, 2006.

Goal of the Season contenders:

Goal 1 - Nigel Reo-Coker v Blackburn, Aug 13, 2005
Having seen Andy Todd give Rovers a half-time lead, Hammers were in need of some inspiration in order to prevent their return to the Premiership beginning with defeat. Teddy Sheringham's neat equaliser early in the second half got Alan Pardew's men back on track but it was the crucial second from Reo-Coker that really got Upton Park firing again. Collecting a square pass from Matthew Etherington, the young midfielder strode towards the edge of the penalty area before firing a simply unstoppable rocket that ripped into the top corner of the net. Hammers went on to add a third and the victory was to set the tone for the entire season.

Goal 2 - Yossi Benayoun v Aston Villa, Sep 12, 2005

After making an impressive start to his Hammers career, our Israeli midfielder really established himself as an Upton Park favourite thanks to his first goal for the Club. While this game was best remembered for Marlon Harewood's magnificent hat-trick, it was Yossi's individual effort in the closing minutes that was the pick of our four goals against David O'Leary's beleaguered side. Collecting a measured pass from Teddy Sheringham on the left-hand side of the penalty area, the midfielder turned his marker Aaron Hughes one way, then the other, before finding a yard of space to fire the ball across Sorensen and into the bottom corner of the net.

Goal 3 - Bobby Zamora (second goal) v Sheff Wed, Sep 20, 2005

Having waited patiently for his chance behind Harewood and Sheringham, our play-off final hero grabbed his first goals of the season with a superb brace in our 4-2 win at Hillsbrough in the Carling Cup second round. Zamora's first strike was impressive enough - finishing well from close range after being released by Mark Noble inside the opening two minutes - but it was his second goal on 62 minutes that really had the travelling Hammers fans singing his praises. Latching on to a poor headed clearance from Wednesday defender Coughlan, Bobby unleashed a dipping volley from 25 yards out with his weaker right foot that looped over David Lucas and into the far corner of the net.

Goal 4 - Bobby Zamora v Birmingham, Dec 5, 2005
In what was considered to be a vital away win - only our second in the Premiership at that stage - it was Zamora's wonderful equaliser just before the break that inspired Hammers to victory and proved that the former Spurs striker had the quality required to perform at the highest level. Collecting a throw from Marlon Harewood with his back to goal, Zamora created something out of nothing by flicking the ball over the head of Martin Taylor, surging towards goal and then expertly cutting inside a desperate lunge from Damien Johnson before poking the ball through the legs of Maik Taylor from the tightest of angles. A strike that was deservedly short-listed for Match of the Day's Goal of the Month award.

Goal 5 - Hayden Mullins v Norwich, Jan 7, 2006

Not one renowned for his goalscoring exploits, Hayden certainly deserves some credit for what turned out to be his one and only goal of the season. Hammers had been tipped as a possible FA Cup scalp against their Championship opponents at Carrow Road, but it was the defensive midfielder's fifth-minute strike that set up a 2-1 victory and signalled the beginning of what was to become a memorable FA Cup campaign. After some good work from Zamora on the left, the ball was touched back to the edge of the penalty area, where Hayden was on hand to fire in a fierce effort that crashed past England goalkeeper Robert Green and into the net off the post.

Goal 6 - Anton Ferdinand v Fulham, Jan 23, 2006
With the live Sky TV cameras present at Upton Park for the visit of our west London rivals, Anton chose the perfect setting to claim his one and only goal at home this season, and what a goal it was. After Matthew Etherington's deep corner had only been cleared to the edge of the penalty, the danger appeared to be over as Marlon Harewood nodded the ball square. However, in one swift movement, our young defender swivelled his body and connected with an unstoppable right-foot volley that gave Antti Niemi no chance as it ripped into the top corner of the net. As his stunned team-mates chased after him, there was no stopping the ecstatic Ferdinand, either, as he celebrated with a trademark dance of delight. Surely one of the greatest goals scored by a defender at Upton Park.

Goal 7 - Yossi Benayoun v Fulham, Jan 23, 2006
A night to remember for the Upton Park faithful, who were treated to two wonder strikes within the space of 10 minutes. The crowd were still recovering from Anton Ferdinand's amazing strike when Etherington found Benayoun with a square pass across the edge of the penalty area. The Israeli midfielder jinked past Bocanegra, one way and then the other, before executing a sublime chip that left Niemi rooted to the spot as it dropped into the net behind him. A goal that only very few players are capable of producing, and another sign of the vision and quality provided by Benayoun.

Goal 8 - Dean Ashton (first goal) v Man City, Mar 20, 2006
With Hammers aiming to reach their first FA Cup semi-final in 15 years, a touch of inspiration was going to needed during a tough quarter-final clash at the City of Manchester stadium, and it was provided by Dean Ashton, who went some way to proving just why Alan Pardew splashed out more than £7million for his services in the January transfer window. Creating the move that led to his superb first goal against Stuart Pearce's men, Ashton swapped neat passes with Reo-Coker and Etherington before cleverly jinking past Richard Dunne and beating David James at his near post with a clinical left-foot strike.

Goal 9 - Marlon Harewood v Middlesbrough, Apr 23, 2006

Hammers fans will never forget the goal that secured our place in the FA Cup final for the first time in 26 years and ensured UEFA Cup football next season - and it was a strike fitting of such an achievement. With just 12 minutes left on the clock, Anton Ferdinand's searching cross-field pass from right-back was flicked on by Ashton to the feet of Harewood who, with one touch, muscled his way past Gareth Southgate and then fired a blistering left-foot strike past the despairing dive of Boro's substitute goalkeeper Brad Jones. Cue a shirt-off, emotion-filled celebration from Marlon down in front of the delirious Hammers fans at Villa Park, and a victory that will go down as the one of the most memorable in our modern-day history.

Goal 10 - Carl Fletcher v Tottenham, May 7, 2006
Making only his sixth Premiership start of the campaign, midfielder Carl proved himself to be an able replacement for the suspended Hayden Mullins, producing an all-action performance against a Tottenham side feeling slightly 'under the weather' and claiming his first goal in the top flight to set us on our way to a memorable 2-1 victory against our arch-rivals. Just 10 minutes in, Fletcher broke up play some 40 yards out, before advancing toward the edge of the penalty area and unleashing a low, swerving effort that caught England number one Paul Robinson by surprise as it flew into the bottom corner of the net.

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