2015-16 Presentation Evening - Saturday 21st May 2016

 

Rocester Football Club's annual end of season Presentation Evening was once again well-attended as the club's officials, players and supporters gathered to reflect on the 2015-16 campaign.

 

Opening the evening's proceedings, Joint Reserve Team Manager Mick Wood was quick to praise former Manager Mark Wilson, who was instrumental in introducing a Reserve team at Hillsfield last summer.

 

Around a dozen players who initially joined the club's second string made first team appearances during the season, and it is anticipated that the policy of giving players the opportunity to step up will continue as more talented youngsters are brought into the club.

 

One of the players who hasn't yet stepped up into the first team frame is goalkeeper Callum Noon, who was nonetheless delighted to pick up the two reserve team awards. Joint bosses Mick Wood and Mark Yeomans nominated Noon for their Managers' Player of the Season, whilst his team mates voted him as their Players' Player. Callum is pictured (right) with his two awards alongside Joint Managers Mick Wood and Mark Yeomans.

 

First team boss Danny Martin began the First team awards by announcing James Frost as the Young Player of the Season. Full back Frost (left) was among the first to make the move from Reserve to First team when he made his full debut in September, and by the end of the season he had made 31 appearances.

 

The Supporters' Player of the Season was presented by fans Jonny Harris and Dan Higgs to influential team captain Tom Land, who scooped the award for the second season in a row.

 

Next up was the Players' Player, and it was long-serving defender Carl Allen who topped the poll among the squad. Incredibly the popular Allen last took this award nine years ago back in 2007. He is pictured right receiving the award from Tom Land and Danny Martin.

 

The Manager's Player saw Tom Land return to the stage to collect his second trophy of the evening - and just like the Supporters' Player it was the second year running that Land had picked up the Manager's award.

 

Flowers and bottles of wine were presented by some of the players to Wendy and Alan Tilley, Bill and Jane Wheeldon, Mick and Katie Frost, Vicky Burman, Helen Owen who is retiring after helping the club for more than 25 years on match days, and Barry Smith.

 

Liam Tilley and physio Andrew Stephenson were also given gifts, as was Phil Webster from the club's main sponsors Hill & Webster Ltd who was presented with a framed shirt.

 

Outgoing Chairman Ian Cruddas closed the evening by sharing some of his memories and thanking all of the people who had helped and supported him during his leadership and throughout the near 30 years of his involvement with the club. He finished off by handing his own traditional Club Player of the Season award to Matt Nutt (left).

 

 

 

More images from the evening below, click on images to enlarge.