12 MAY 2012 - ANNUAL PRESENTATION EVENING
“If you ain’t won owt, you ain’t done owt” - Vince Brockie speaking at Thackley’s end of season presentation evening. Thackley have done summat!
This year’s presentation evening came at the end of Thackley’s most successful season for years. Well, not quite at the end. On the very next day the Under 18s completed a clean sweep of the Huddersfield RCD league by winning the league cup and confirming their undefeated record.
All four of the sides, from U18s to first team, have added silverware to the club’s trophy cabinet. What a season it’s been!
MICK LODGE set the ball rolling. He pointed to the highs of the season, which included the NCEL League Cup victory, and two well-deserved victories over eventual league champions Redford, both gained at times when they were heading the league table. He thanked and congratulated JOHN McCREERY for his excellent match-day programme.
On the other side of the coin, Mick cited as his principal disappointments the early exit from the FA Vase, the horrendous injury suffered by club captain Rob Morgan, the failure in so many games to turn on-field superiority into points, and Emily’s continuing ill-health which had prevented her attending any matches during the year. He looked forward to welcoming Rob back as playing captain at some time during next season, and hoped that things would go well for Emily who was sorely missed by home and visiting spectators and officials alike.
Mick took great pride in the club’s good disciplinary record throughout the season. They had finished second in the NCEL Fair Play League, a position which they had held for most of the season.
Looking to the future, Mick confirmed that the annual summer work on the Dennyfield had already begun, with the aim of making the pitch one of the best in the league. He invited anyone with a few hours to spare over the coming weeks to have a word with him or any committee member. He also reminded the assembled players that the club was always looking to raise further funds and suggested that the players were in ideal positions to sell pitch side-advertising and other forms of sponsorship to employers etc.
The evening moved on to presentations. ROGER BENNETT spoke of his protégés in the UNDER 18s squad. He was happy to say that most of last year’s squad had remained with the club. This, with the addition of a handful of new players, had given the basis for an all-conquering side. The early defeat in the FA Youth Cup had been the only disappointment in a season where the U18s had otherwise been undefeated, lifting the league championship and the league cup on the way.
U18s Players’ Player of the Year RYAN IVES
U18s Manager’s Player of the Year: ROB FOULDS
The microphone was passed to GRAHAM CLIFFORD who had looked after the UNDER 19s (ACADEMY) side throughout the season. Graham Congratulated Vinnie and Roger on success with their respective teams. He thanked the committee for its untiring efforts throughout what had been a successful year. Part of the reason for this, he said, was down to the pre-season decision to take part in a Sunday Cup competition. The lads had performed extremely well with a great deal of success against open-age sides. The main benefit was to ensure a level of fitness which enabled the squad to hit the ground running when the season proper got under way. This successful experiment will be repeated at the beginning of next season.
Academy Players’ Player of the Year ADAM SIMPSON
Academy Manager’s Player of the Year: ANDY TASKER
Next it was the turn of THE RESERVES. Again it was Graham, ably assisted (as he had been for most of the season) by MICK WATSON. Mick congratulated Roger and Vinnie, and thanked Graham for his hard work. Turning to the Reserves, Mick said that the season had started well but had then hit a bad patch. Things had picked up after Christmas and, as we all know the squad had gone on to take the league title, which says it all. Graham said that the low point of the season had been the home defeat inflicted by Bradford Spartans in the Bradford & District Cup. The high point had, of course, been the league championship.
Reserves Players’ Player of the Year LEE NEWALL
Reserves Manager’s Player of the Year: STUART WAITE
Before moving on to the first team awards, Club Chairman MIKE SMITH said a few words. He congratulated everyone at all levels who had turned out for the club over the season; he and the whole of the committee were justifiably proud of their efforts. The players were ambassadors for Thackley, both on and off the field, and they had performed that role admirably. The league cup victory had been one of many awesome performances throughout the season. It was the first trophy won by the first team since the West Riding County Cup in 1975 - 37 years ago – before all of the current players were born.
It fell to Mike to present the award of Committee’s Player of the Year. This year, he said, the award went to a player who had joined the club knowing that his opportunities for first-team football might be limited. He had waited patiently, taking his limited chances when they did come, performing well, and never complaining when he dropped back to the bench. He had always shown tremendous enthusiasm, on and off the pitch, and was a popular addition to the dressing room. When, earlier in the season, his opportunity for regular first-team football had come along, he had seized it with both hands.
The Committee’s Player of the Year was MARK BOWER
Attention next turned to the awards for the FIRST TEAM. This task fell to manager VINCE BROCKIE who began by thanking the managers of the other teams, and thanking their players, many of whom had stepped up to play for the senior teams as the season progressed. Vinnie also thanked the committee and the backroom boys for all the hard work which they put in throughout a season. Without them, the club could not exist.
Turning to events on the field, he told assembled players and supporters: “If you ain’t won owt, you ain’t done owt.”. He did not claim originality, nor did he necessarily agree with the entirety of the sentiment, but this season had been a successful one, and Thackley had certainly done something.
Before presenting the awards, Vinnie offered his personal thanks to his assistant, ANDY PATTERSON and physio DAVE ROCHE.
First Team Players’ Player of the Year PAUL WHITELEY
First Team Manager’s Player of the Year CALLUM WHITE
Mick Lodge completed the presentation part of the evening by handing over a cheque for ROB MORGAN representing monies raised at the Nobby Stiles event in April (including the generous donation from Staveley MW). Rob was unable to attend the presentation evening and the cheque was collected on his behalf by brother Lewis Morgan.
The formal part of the evening finished with EDDIE WILIAMS making the final monthly FA Cup draw of the season. The winners are recorded elsewhere, but Eddie pointed out (to great approval) that in addition to paying out prize money of £2,400.00, the draw raised £2,000.00 for club funds.