Men’s Presentation Night
by Neil Smith
Today was the day for the Chester-le-Street Town’s Men’s presentation’s the clubhouse opened at 3pm with the actual presentation’s taking place at around 4.30pm.
There had been rumours circling that some of the team were starting their celebration’s a bit earlier by sampling some of the finest ales and food down the ‘Street’. I had heard that it had been Fabio’so.
Chairman, Joe Burlison, started off the presentations by thanking everyone for coming along to the presentations and that it was good to see not just the players there but also members of the committee and fans of the club. He continued by breaking down the season of how the team had finished 5th in the league and were runners up in the Ernest Armstrong Memorial cup.
There had been some players and staff that hadn’t picked up their medals from the cup final and they were presented first. Harry Whisker, Dean Simpson and Hayley Whitfield collected their medals however Jack Wilson, Jack Oliver and Dan Candlish were not able to be in attendance and they will receive their medals at a later date.
Joe moved on to present the Golden Boot winner, the winner was Jack Oliver who had scored 10 goals during the season. He had also missed a lot of games at the end of the season due to illness. Jack was unable to be in attendance as he had just had an operation.
Young Player of the Year. This was presented to a player that had joined the team from youth football at the start of the 2017-18 season. He had established himself in the team and had also lead the team out as captain on a few occasions.
The winner………………Alexander Walker, AKA Ban.
(After this photo I did ask Alan Wilkie if he wanted a box to stand on, he refused #Legend).
Supporters Player of the Year. Naturally as voted for by the supporters who have attended the games through out the season and the winner is…..
The next award many would consider as being the most prestigious award as it is voted for by the players, yes it’s the Players Player of the Year.
This award goes to a player that has performed on and off the pitch, from regularly attending youth team and ladies games to presenting the children’s ward at Durham University Hospital with gifts on behalf of the club.
The winner… Craig Marron.
Club Player of the Year, again this was won by Craig Marron for exactly the same reasons as Players Player award.
Joe then went on to thank the ladies of the club who work hard in the kitchen on match days, Wendy and Kay. He also thanked Sue Walker, Elizabeth and Megan who also help out in the kitchen when it get’s busy or if Kay or Wendy were unable to be at a game. I have heard many visiting fans saying that we have the best pies they have ever had, personally………………. I concur!!
Finally, a special presentation was made to Hayley Whitfield who is leaving the club to go and work at Middlesbrough FC. Hayley had been at the club for 4 years and she has at times worked miracles on quite a few of the players. She had also spent over 4 hours with an injured Callum Greaves when he got a serious injury early in the season at Easington and then Scott Robson in the cup final when he got knocked unconscious by the Northallerton goalkeeper whilst going for a header. Also she put her full medical training into practice when the Willington chairman took ill at Moor Park, he is still in hospital and the whole of the Chester-le-Street Town FC continue to wish him well.
Joe presented Hayley with an engraved silver tray and a crystal decanter set, one of the players did ask if the Burla Bombs were going to be served on the tray.
Well done to all of the winners and on behalf of the management committee, players and team management, we hope to see you all again next season.
Oh, nearly forgot, well done Ron (and Mac) especially Ron (keeps him happy) on doing a great job with the pitch this season.