Stockton Rugby Club

Another great Players' Dinner night at the Masonic

By Terry Wilson, 18th May 2013

A packed Masonic Hall was the venue for the Stockton RFC Club Dinner and Players' Awards event last night, Friday 17 May.

Mike Appleton opened proceeding by reminding us that this was Brendan Thornton's fiftieth season as a club member.

After a fine meal, Lewy Gray( Saracens Skipper Elect) scooped the pool on the stand up bingo and then former Technical Director of Cones ( now Obergropenfuhrer of Rugby) Graham Newton introduced the skippers & managers to present the club awards.

An over riding theme throughout several of the brief team reviews was the progress the club has made integrating younger players within its senior structure


Stuart Meehan trophy – Colts’ Personality of the year- Charlie Doherty

J.M Jones trophy- Most Improved Colt of the year- Danny Walker

J. Pain trophy - Colts Players' player of the year Liam Healey

T.W Clarke trophy - Colt of the year- Joe Hargreaves

T.J. McCarthy trophy- Most Improved Stocktonian - Ciaran Conlon

Mike Appleton Trophy - Stocktonians' player of the year -Paul Healey

B.F. Thornton trophy - Most Improved Saracen- Joe Andrew

A .Wilkinson trophy - Saracens' Player of the Year- Jonny Cheetham

Brims Trophy- Club Most Improved Player-Chris Farrell

1st XV – Players’ Player of the Year- Andy Bailes

Conquest Trophy - Club Player of the Year- Andy Bailes

And have you ever heard the Club Hymn sung so well to round off the evening??

Many thanks to Mike Appleton for being our MC, Keith Etherington for selling the tickets, Lynn Doherty for sorting the trophies, Keith Kelly & Andy Featherstone for organising the stand up bingo and raffle. Even the Club Treasurer was reputed to have a slight smile on his face by the end of proceedings!

The evening did have a father & son theme with Liam and Paul Healey simultaneously taking home silverware . Ciaran Conlon emulated his father Michael who won a Stocktonians award two years ago, and of course the feat of Mark and Ben D'Cunha in playing in the same first team game did not go un noticed.

We have pre season training staring in early July and Coach Martin Howe promised it would be tough!!


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  1. Terry Wilson 1 year ago

    Well done PapaSkav - fantastic set of shots, really capture the atmosphere of the evening.

    Sadly the evidence of the Healey " Shoot the Boot" travesty is on pictures108 - 110 for all to see.

  2. David Skirving 1 year ago

    Photos from the night now online. Cheers

  3. Mike Appleton 1 year ago

    May I also add my thanks and congratulations to the award winners.I got a call from the Hall this morning and the clear up process was straight forward.However a sentimental floral display went missing.If anyone happened to take it home for the mrs or knows the whereabouts can they please let me know as they want it back.

    Also I have picked up the trophies etc. I will be at the Academy Evening next Friday if anyone wishes to pick them up.

  4. paul healey 1 year ago

    I hang my head in shame
    How did this happen years of training and dedication blown away in a moment of madness .I hope I can move on from this it won't be easy .

  5. John Coates 1 year ago

    Lewis. Looking at what was in the boot, the real winner will have been the one who kept it down the longest. Excellent, really enjoyed it. Many congratulations to all those who won awards.

  6. lewis gray 1 year ago

    Terry you have missed out on the biggest father son son moment. The healey's shoot the boot race, in order not to embarrass the shamed loser I will not mention the result