Baker Joiner Midland Alliance Presentation Evening - Saturday 18th June 2011
Rocester officials attending the annual Midland Football Alliance presentation evening at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium on Saturday were pleasantly surprised to pick up two of the awards on offer.
The Romans collected the impressive Bernard Davis Memorial Trophy for ‘Best Discipline’, and Club Secretary Barry Smith was presented with an engraved silver salver for ‘Best Administration’.
“Both awards came out of the blue,” said Smith.
“It’s always nice to get a little bit of recognition for something that goes on behind the scenes, but for me winning the Best Discipline award was a real achievement for the players because at the start of the season we had quite a few problems.”
“We were picking up far too many cautions and four players had received red cards, two of them in one game at Friar Lane & Epworth in November – which cost the club a lot of money, so we had to make a bit of an issue over it.”
“Dave and the players deserve a lot of credit for the way they responded; to top the fair play league after a start like that was an unbelievable effort, I was stunned when they announced Rocester were the winners!”
Other awards on the night went to Coalville Town (Champions); Stratford Town (League Cup Winners); Adam Stevens (Coalville, Manager of the Year); Chris Deakin (Heath Hayes, Player of the Year); Mitch Fellows (Willenhall Town, Top Scorer); Causeway United (Best Hospitality) and Dunkirk (Best Programme). Special Achievement Awards were also presented to Tipton Town for reaching the F.A. Cup 1st Round Proper, and to Coalville Town for reaching the F.A. Vase Final at Wembley.