Saturday May 2, 2009
Lambs directors, officials, friends, family, management, players and fans celebrated the 2008-09 season at the Annual Awards night at a packed Tower Suite at Drayton Manor on Saturday night which set the stage for a celebration of all things Tamworth FC, and here are some of the highlights and the winners of the various awards.
Proceedings opened with Lambs Chairman Bob Andrews welcoming and thanking everyone for helping make a successful season.
He then went on to thank Ocean Finance for their time as sponsors of the club over the past 5 years and hoped that when financial times became more favourable they would able to continue supporting the club in a similar capacity. In the meantime, Bob stated that the club were currently talking to a number of potential sponsors and that the scope for media coverage etc. of any sponsor coming in would obviously be greatly increased this season.
Thanks were given to the VP club which has drawn a lot of local businesses into the club and Bob welcomed John ‘Jonty’ Holcroft and Martin Newbold on board as directors.
Special thanks were given to Sgt Major Wayne Kitchen of Whittington Barracks for his continuing help with training facilities.
Thanks were given to all the directors and Bob said he was looking forward to the new season and all that it would bring but was under no illusions about the hard work that it would bring with it.
And last but by no means least, Bob thanked his wife Pam with the now traditional big bunch of flowers.
After the toast to the Queen and Tamworth FC the first of the awards were presented.
The U13s, U14s, U15s and U16s were all praised for their various successes and then reserve boss Darren Fulford made a speech about the development of the youth and reserve sides and thanked Gary Mills for the guidance he’s had and the overall attitude and application of the players he played during the season from youngsters to seasoned pros. The reserves are self financing and Darren thanked Dave Brandon and John Cole for their hard work and his wife for ‘putting up with it all’!
The reserves were also presented with the Central Conference Cup which they won last week.
Reserves Goalscorer of the season: Chris Sturridge and Grant Roscorla with 15 each.
Reserves Players’ Player of the season: Grant Roscorla
Reserves Players of the season: Shawn Boothe
Duncan Foy was next up and thanked everyone who had helped with the Tamworth Lionesses during the season before presenting Lionesses Players’ Player to Anna Robson who travels from Hinckley for each game.
Tamworth FC Supporters Club made a number of presentations:
Chair Dave Brown thanked everyone for their hard work over the season and presented his wife with a bunch of flowers as well as Wal Blundell and Kelly Clayton with personal gifts of thanks.
Next, Dave presented Bob and Pam Andrews with a special ‘25th anniversary’ gift as this month in 1984 was when Bob along with Dave Baxter and John Bayliss came in to rescue the club from it's financial troubles.
The penultimate SC award was presented to Bob Cooper for his ongoing devotion to the FC and his inspiration for the TFCSC Heritage Lottery Funded project.
And the final announcement was that one of the founding members of the SC, Andy ‘Henry’ Farrington would be made Honorary President of the SC from 2009-10 onwards.
Goal of the Season – sponsored by The Jewellers Workshop and voted on the lambs.co.uk - went to Nick Wright for his winning header away at Southport
The Arthur Frost Clubman of the Year award went to Club President Len Gendle, who has been involved with the club for over 60 years. A much loved character by all at the club he has unfortunately not been able to come to The Lamb recently due to ill health.
Players’ Player of the season was presented by Stuart Johnson of Ocean Finance to Chris Smith.
Tamworth Herald Player of the season was presented by Gary Phelps and Matt Panter of the Herald, and prior to the award Gary presented Bob Andrews with a framed version of the ‘Championship winning’ front page.
The TH Player of the Season was awarded to Bradley Pritchard
The Len Gendle Managers Award was presented by the ‘gaffer’ to Martin Foster.
Gary (Mills) spoke at length about how his hopes and aspirations prior to the season starting had come true and how the group of players he and Darron (Gee) assembled in the close season and added only a little to during the last nine months were possibly the best group of players he’d ever worked with since he started managing in 1996. He said that his side next season would not go into any game expecting to win anything as it all comes from working hard, respecting each other and not letting the result of the previous game change you. Gary picked out a few players before revealing his selection and then each player went up to collect their championship winning medals.
And one player who went home with two awards was Gareth Sheldon - he scooped the Leading Goalscorer award sponsored by the Whitehouse family and Player of the Season as voted for by supporters.