Rocester Football Club's end of season Presentation Evening was well-attended at their Hillsfield headquarters where not unexpectedly the regular top class performances of central defender Tom Land earned him a hat-trick of awards.
In his Chairman's speech, Ian Cruddas refereed to the club's disastrous start to the season which resulted in the team lying bottom of the Midland Football League Premier Division in September after several crushing defeats before the arrival of Manager Mark Wilson and his Assistant Karl Payne, who completely changed things around with their enthusiasm and their addition to the squad of a number of new players, which resulted in a 12th place finish and a run to the League Cup Final at Walsall's Banks's Stadium.
He stated that the rapport that had been established in recent months between the players, the supporters and the club's Management Committee was the best he could recall since the days of the late Don Hill's Chairmanship of the club more than twenty years ago, and that this augured well for next season.
Manager Mark Wilson made a speech thanking the fans and everyone at the club for their support since his arrival. He stated that for some years he had hoped to one day manage the Rocester club, and that since his appointment he had never enjoyed himself so much in a managerial role. He added that he already had plans in shape to strengthen his squad for next season and that hopefully a serious challenge could be made for the League title.
Bunches of flowers were then presented by some of the players to Janet Gregory, Jane Wheeldon, Wendy Tilley, Helen Owen, Lavinia Bourne and Vicky Burman, who had all contributed to the running of the club in their various roles throughout the season.
This was followed by the presentation of the trophies as follows: Supporters' Player of the Season - Tom Land; Players' Player of the Season- Tom Land; Manager's Player of the Season - Tom Land; Top Goalscorer - Dan Brown; Young Player of the Season - Tom Brown; Clubman of the Year -Liam Shaw.
In addition, special awards were presented by Gilbert Egerton, whose association with the Romans extends over a period of more than sixty years, to Richard Froggatt and Carl Allen who have respectively recently passed the milestones of 350 and 300 appearances for the Romans.