COGENHOE UNITED FOOTBALL CLUBS PRESENTATION EVENING MAY 12TH 2017
Top goal-scorer; CARTER PRICE
Players player of the year; OLLIE EMERY
Managers player of the year; RYAN BRITTAIN
Players player of the year; GEORGE BARNELL
Managers player of the year; JOE SHANLEY
Players player of the year; SÉAN McBRIDE
Managers player of the year; LUKE STONE
Supporters player of the year; MATTY LONG
Top goal-scorer; MATTY LONG
Club person(s) of the year; SUE WRIGHT & TRACEY HOCKADAY
Mr Chairman Derek Wright kicks things off giving his thanks to all involved in the club whilst introducing all the people who make the club tick behind the scenes. He also gave a very positive response, despite the fact that the clubs new tractor mower had been stolen recently and the storm earlier in the year had taken down a fair bit of the fencing surrounding the pitch. It’s great to hear that the he and the club intend to fight on and put these set-backs behind them, however down-heartening these things are.
Maurice Jaynoy took over the mic and introduced the individual awards which were presented by Lewis Sander.
The pictures of these awards are all in the photos section of the website and if you click on the pics you’ll see the captions. The award for the U18s leading goal scorer went to Carter Price, but unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make it, so there is no photo of this one I’m afraid.
The individual managers also got a chance to speak for a few minutes too.
Pete Harris thanked his assistant Andy Emery but was a little disappointed that his U18s from had made the breakthrough this year, but remains committed to his boys and getting them into the senior squads next year.
I haven’t seen much of the youth team since early in the season, but they have had a good season and have to praised for their efforts this season.
Jake Stone only spoke briefly…… but managed to get his thanks across to his assistants Curtis Avery and Lee Haines. He gave special praise to his award winners George Barnell and Joe Shanley, but also gave a rousing speech to thank all those involved in the team and the spirit they have shown over the last few months. He even grabbed the mic back at the end to give a mention to volunteer linesman John Galpin and to resent him with a token of the reserve team’s thanks for all his time and efforts this term.
On a personal note I have to say I really admire Jake and what he has achieved this season and I feel he is a great leader and has a good future in management should he chose to take that route.
Finally it was the turn of the gaffer Tom Chapman. Tom thanked those around him, especially the efforts of Rob Gould who came in during the darkest hour and working together they really turned this club around. Sadly for us, but happily for Rob, he is moving on to better things and next season he will be assistant manager at NPL side Corby Town, where we all wish him well. He also thanked Graham Bates (not able to be there last night) for all the work he does for the first team from patching up the wounded, getting the teamsheets in on time and generally keeping the lads under wraps when needed. He also thanked Roy Long (who ironically received the most awards this evening thanks to his son) for the time and effort he puts in helping Tom out. He gave a mention to Séan McBride for pretty much sweeping the board on the player’s player of the year and also to his skipper Luke Stone, Séan’s partner in the centre of midfield, who took the gaffer’s award and will be missed a lot next season as he takes a break from the game. It’s no secret that Luke has played through injuries the last couple of season’s and we wish him well, but hope to see him back in a blue shirt again in the future.
On a personal note I would like to say a very big thankyou to first Derek, for the nice words at the start and to Tom and the first team lads for card and the beers (shame I haven’t been able to drink for 20 years, but it’s definitely the thought that counts on this occasion). I have really enjoyed my first season at Cogenhoe United, obviously I knew the people who came across from Spencer, but it has been a real pleasure to get to know Derek, Jon, Brian F, Brian K, Lewis, Sue, Phil, Ian, Fred, Maurice and if I’ve missed anyone out, I’m still not well so forgive me please…..
I’m quite proud of the fact that I managed to see every single first team game this season including the pre-season friendlies and am hoping that I can do the same again in 2017/18. As a lot of you will know, I am finally making an honest woman of the gorgeous Janet Jackson (no not that one) in the summer, but the good news is my honeymoon coincidentally ends just before the first pre-season game at Raunds on July 8th….well it does now anyway! So I hope you all have a great summer and are looking forward to the new season, if the second half of this one is anything to go by, it could be a really good one. I’m going to update the website as much as I can during the break and am going to do a review of the 16/17 season over the next couple of weeks too.
Updated 22:20 - 13 May 2017 by Paul Kingston