The Club’s Annual Presentation Evening duly took place on Saturday 9 May at the Moon in Moon Chinese Restaurant, in Sunbury, where everyone tucked into an excellent meal. The restaurant, taken over by the Club for the evening, was bursting and Sunday manager Gary Tomany got the Presentations off to a lively start with a beautiful albeit prolonged song which, against all odds, had everyone clapping along by the end.
The Sunday team had done well, eventually finishing in 2nd place in Division Two of the West Middlesex Sunday League. It was appropriate that leading scorer Levi Jefford received the “Players’ Player of the Year” award, having scored 19 goals in WMSL matches over the season. The “Player of the Year” as chosen by Gary went to Dave Jones.
Up stepped outgoing U18 manager Sean Caldwell, who gave his “U18 Player of the Year” award to Ilia Petrovic, who had done well enough to make the 1st Team squad towards the end of the season, and had twice been in the starting line-up. Ilia had clearly made a big impression upon his team mates, who also voted him the “Under-18 Players’ Player of the Year”. The Under-18’s had not enjoyed a successful season in terms of results but it was vital that the work of grooming the boys for the 1st Team went on and this would continue next season under incoming manager Nick Bailey.
It was next the turn of the supporters: although he wasn’t able to be present Alan Hill had organised the poll as he has for several seasons now, and it was young Freddie Burse, who did not miss an away match all season, who was given the honour of presenting the trophy and it went to the very popular Jack Beadle, who apart from everything else, had weighed in with 17 goals over the season from midfield.
It was finally the time for manager Ben Murray to step up and he gave an informative speech, including the information that just about all the squad from last season have committed themselves to next season, which is great news. Ben carefully explained his reasons for his decision and once again it was another popular choice with Dan Fleming receiving the “Player of the Year” award, not only for his goal scoring exploits but more specifically for his excellent hold-up play. Ben then went on to present the “Players’ Player of the Season” award and this time the recipient was supporters’ favourite, Max Webb, another well deserved accolade. Ben also confirmed that recently recruited David Gully would continue in the role of 1st Team coach.
It only remained for arguably the most important trophy to be presented, which is the “Jack Constable Clubman of the Year” award, which goes to the person who is voted by the committee as being the individual who has done most, on and or the field, to enhance the Club over the season. Last season’s winner Simon Munns was again in the reckoning but this time the award went jointly to father and son combination, Keith and Liam Balmer. Keith, of course, had the difficult task of taking over the General Secretary role from Gareth Coates, which he has done brilliantly, whilst an added bonus was the dedication of son Liam, whose work on the pitch, in conjunction with groundsman Steve Honey and his team, has been vital.