... collecting all three of the awards available to the first team squad.
It capped a wonderful personal season, his second at Borough Park, when he walked away with the Young Player of the Year, the Players’ Player of the Year and the Supporters’ Player of the Year accolades.
A hundred guests, including sponsors, players, management, directors, officials and supporters were wined and dined at the Washington Central and, after a well-presented meal, the presentations got underway.
The Reds’ Independent Supporters’ Group recognised long-serving players Gari Rowntree and Anthony Wright before paying tribute to four of their members – Elaine Heron, Darren Wood, Derek Coyle and Mark Lumsden – with Dave Heron speaking eloquently on their behalf.
Dave Symington was presented with the Goal of the Season trophy by director Ross Peacock in recognition of his stunning half volley at Halesowen Town.
Steve Durham then presented a glass boot to Scott Allison who finished top scorer.
Matty Douglas took centre stage and was handed the Young Player award by joint chairman, Don Blackwell, the Players’ Player trophy by director, Mike Rollo and the Supporters’ salver by life-long fan Mark Lumsden.
Joint chairman John Mackay made four special awards to the teenage quartet of Cam Harker, Joe Hetherington, Leo Holliday and Sheldon Mossop for their invaluable contribution to the first team, each player collecting a framed certificate.
Joe Hetherington was nominated the Reserves’ Player of the Year and he collected his glass memento from second team boss, Billy Redden. A timely birthday present for Joe who turns seventeen this weekend!
Joint managers Lee Andrews and David Hewson then invited Anthony Wright to the stage with the latter given a standing ovation as he said farewell to the club after thirteen seasons at Borough Park. He was presented with a trophy recognising his distinguished service to the club (489 appearances) along with a ‘this is your life’ scrapbook of his time at the club.
Compere for the evening was Charles Maudling.
Updated 11:36 - 12 May 2018 by Paul Armstrong