RUGBY TOWN: Presentation night photos

Supporters enjoying presentation evening in the club's smart new hospitality suite    PICTURES BY MARTIN PULLEY
Supporters enjoying presentation evening in the club's smart new hospitality suite PICTURES BY MARTIN PULLEY

Season’s award winners at Butlin Road

TROPHIES SHARED OUT AT TOWN’S ANNUAL AWARDS EVENING

The Waugh family accepting the Supporters of the Year trophies from Club Director Mike Yeats

The Waugh family accepting the Supporters of the Year trophies from Club Director Mike Yeats

Rugby Town’s new hospitality suite played host to its first annual presentation event last Friday, with the club handing out a number of first team, youth team and other awards for the 2014/15 season, writes Jon Venner.

For a change, the first team trophies were relatively evenly split amongst the squad – although centre-half Mason Rowley did get the nod from both the fans and his fellow players, however youth team goalkeeper Josh Hughes carried out a clean sweep of his side’s categories.

Valley’s departing boss Dave Stringer was unable to split the contributions of full-back Craig Kelly and midfielder Richard Blythe throughout the campaign, so they shared the manager’s player gong, whilst the Vice Presidents picked out Rowley’s defensive partner Alex Gudger.

The Media Star Man award – based on the man of the match nominations published each week in the Rugby Advertiser – went to Lewis McBride, with Will Grocott scooping the trophy for the most first team appearances and club captain Robbie Banks securing the Call A Car shield in recognition of his commitment and dedication in the season he made his comeback from a horrendous leg break.

Mason Rowley receiving the Supporters' Player of the Year award from the Dand family

Mason Rowley receiving the Supporters' Player of the Year award from the Dand family

Hughes followed up on his youth team supporters’ player of the year success last year by also topping the players’ and manager’s votes this time round, with manager Roy Miller highlighting his impressive form in goal as part of a campaign in which the team had started poorly but then shown a marked improvement as it continued.

In the non-playing categories, groundsman Steve Sharp received the Carl Barnes Memorial award, the Waugh family were named supporters of the year and Mitchell Gurney the young fan of the season.

Ahead of the presentation of the silverware, Club Director Mike Yeats had thanked the efforts of all concerned with the club, making specific recognition of the hard work and efforts of Stringer – who was leaving after five years at Butlin Road.

He added that whilst the elusive promotion to the Premier Division had not quite been achieved, Stringer’s period at the club had been one of considerable success and the club’s flowing football had often been praised by opposing officials and supporters alike.

Robbie Banks receiving the Call-a-Car Trophy for Commitment from Club Director Mike Yeats

Robbie Banks receiving the Call-a-Car Trophy for Commitment from Club Director Mike Yeats

Yeats also highlighted the contributions of a number of club volunteers, including Doug and Veronica Wilkins for their respective Secretary and matchday duties, Jacquie Leeson and family for the running of the V.S Bar and clubhouse, Tony Mann for his boardroom catering and planning of away travel, and Jean and Digby Berry who provide invaluable funds for the club through the organisation of car boot sales and bingo evenings - as well as the support of all the club’s sponsors, especially first team shirt sponsors Revolution Drivers and their Managing Director Neil Gurney.

Full list of award winners:

Players’ Player of the Year: Mason Rowley

Manager’s Players of the Year: Craig Kelly & Richard Blythe

Josh Hughes (centre) receiving the Youth Team Players' Player award from Brandon Smith and manager Roy Miller

Josh Hughes (centre) receiving the Youth Team Players' Player award from Brandon Smith and manager Roy Miller

Kit Dand Memorial Trophy for Supporters’ Player of the Year: Mason Rowley

Vice President’s Player of the Year: Alex Gudger

Golden Boot: Justin Marsden

Call-a-Car Award for Commitment: Robbie Banks

Bob Giles Memorial Shield for Most Appearances: Will Grocott

Media Star Man Award: Lewis McBride

Steve Sharp and the Barnes family at the presentation of the Carl Barnes Memorial Shield

Steve Sharp and the Barnes family at the presentation of the Carl Barnes Memorial Shield

Youth Team Players’ Player of the Year: Josh Hughes

Youth Team Manager’s Player of the Year: Josh Hughes

Youth Team Supporters’ Player of the Year: Josh Hughes

Carl Barnes Memorial Shield: Steve Sharp

Supporters of the Year: The Waugh Family

Young Supporter of the Year: Mitchell Gurney

Rugby Advertiser 2014/15 Man of the Match nominations:

6 – Lewis McBride, Craig Kelly & David Kolodynski, 5 – Alex Gudger & Mason Rowley, 4 – Will Grocott, Justin Marsden & Sam Youngs, 3 – Robbie Burns & Seb Lake-Gaskin, 2 – Richard Blythe, 1 – Nick Bennion, Nathan Fox, Richard Gregory, Richard Morris & Lewis Rankin

Craig Kelly - one of manager Dave Stringer's Players of the Year, sharing the title with Richard Blythe

Craig Kelly - one of manager Dave Stringer's Players of the Year, sharing the title with Richard Blythe

Richard Blythe, who shared the Manager's Player of the Year award with Craig Kelly

Richard Blythe, who shared the Manager's Player of the Year award with Craig Kelly

Will Grocott made the most appearances this season, winning the Bob Giles Memorial Shield

Will Grocott made the most appearances this season, winning the Bob Giles Memorial Shield

Golden Boot winner Justin Marsden

Golden Boot winner Justin Marsden

Lewis McBride won the Media Star Man award

Lewis McBride won the Media Star Man award