Thank you to everyone who came out to the Bracknell Football Awards tonight, it was brilliant to see something Darrell and I cobbled together so well supported. It means an awful lot to us.
Now you came here for the winners, I know that. But first I want to thank Dan Sleet from Elite Preparation Centre who paid for the evening (please check out their website www.e-p-c.co.uk), Tom White from Sky Sports News who was an absolute gent and Neil Graham for taking all the photo’s on the night.
Here’s what I said in case you didn’t catch our facebook live: “Welcome to the Bracknell Football Awards, we wanted to thank Dan Sleet at the Elite Preparation Centre for sponsoring the event – without which we wouldn’t be able to do this!
“Darrell and I – I’m Tom, setup the website to basically encourage people to get involved, go and watch and enjoy non league football and we try and do that on a daily basis!
“The awards.. They were setup to celebrate the great and the good in the local non league game, from the semi professional clubs down to the hundreds of junior teams, players and volunteers so vital to ensuring the game takes place.
“Frankly. Everyone here deserves and award and anyone who does anything within the local game, from adult teams to junior clubs, and if we could afford it then we would! Thanks for your support, thanks for being here and enjoy the evening.”
If you want to watch the whole thing, you can do so here:
Here’s the winners:
BEST GROUND NOMINATIONS
- Ascot United – Racecourse Ground
- Binfield – Hill Farm Lane
- Thatcham Town – Waterside Park
- Windsor – Stag Meadow
The Winner – BINFIELD FC
Lots of work completed these past twelve months with improved walkways and disabled access. Also, a new changing room block which includes home and away changing rooms, match officials changing rooms and a new physio/medical room.
BEST SOCIAL MEDIA
- FC Bracknell
- Sandhurst Town
- Wokingham Sport
- Woodley United
Tom Crocker does a brilliant job posting about numerous sports but focusing on the football locally writes great articles and interviews which are in the newspaper but always shared online too.
Gives a lot of support to the local sides.
MANAGER OF THE SEASON
- John Polston (Binfield FC Youth Team)
- Marc Surtees & Nuno Antunes (Woodley United Ladies)
- Roger Herridge (Binfield FC)
- Tim Green (Woodley United A)
MARC SURTEES & NUNO ANTUNES
Winners of Southern Region Women’s Football League Division One Northern with only one league defeat all season. Also reached the semi-finals of both the Berks & Bucks Cup and the League Cup only bring beaten in both by sides from a higher level. First ever year in the SSE Women’s FA Cup and reached the third qualifying round before losing to AFC Wimbledon.
REFEREE OF THE SEASON
- Daniel Edwards
- Malcolm Hillen
- Ollie Kaya
- Richard Warburton
An up and coming referee who received lots of nominations.
Praised for his dedication and honesty, Ollie has the age and mentality to continue progressing to higher levels.
SUPPORTERS OF THE SEASON
- Ben Martin-Dye
- Mark Hamblin
- Mr Haggerty
- The Page Smith’s
MARK, JULIE AND CHRIS PAGE-SMITH
These three travel all over the place attending every match both home and away. Always offering encouragement and support to the team whatever the score line. Greatly appreciated by the management and the team.
VOLUNTEER OF THE SEASON
- Glyn Wellington (East Berks Football Alliance)
- Hemi Mistry (Bracknell Athletic)
- Neil Graham (FC Bracknell)
- Ricky Simons (Bracknell Town)
- Steve Kay (Berks County)
Steve is Club Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Secretary for Berks County. Been the driving force behind building up the girls’ section. Often seen on a Friday night or Saturday morning cutting or line marking pitches to facilitate matches taking place.
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO LOCAL FOOTBALL
- Ian Nile (East Berks Football Alliance)
- John Lilley (Wokingham & Emmbrook Ladies & Girls)
- Lee Simpson (Berks County/Bracknell Town)
- Mark Rozzier (Woodley United)
- Rob Challis (Binfield)
Rob is a vastly experienced Football Secretary who has been a large part of Binfield for a number of years. Does lots of different roles – football paperwork & forms, packing kit, organising fixtures and match officials, attending various meetings. If you have a query on a league rule, you can bet Rob knows it.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON
- Ellis Day (Bracknell Town)
- Josh Harris (Wokingham & Emmbrook)
- Georgia Bowers (Ascot United Ladies)
- Will Shaw (Binfield)
Georgia started all 19 of Ascot United’s fixtures this season. A very committed player who also assisted in a lot of goals. A fighter on the pitch who continues to grow as a player.
PLAYER OF THE SEASON
- James Knight (Binfield)
- Joe Grant (Bracknell Town)
- Rosie Page-Smith (Woodley United Ladies)
- Seb Bowerman
JAMES KNIGHT & JOE GRANT
Two very different footballers but two players who played an integral part for their team. 31 goals for Joe this year from a predominantly wide position on either flank and countless assists too. James has played every minute these past two league campaigns and doesn’t always get recognition in the centre of the park but another key player.
Service to the Game Award
Our long service award. Here’s what we read out: Barry can’t be with us tonight but has been a Sunday League referee for many years. Known as ‘Barry the Book’ he recently had to give up reffing due to ill health.
Barry writes: “Unfortunately due to bad health I have had to give up refereeing mens football on Sundays and also older youth teams because I get very breathless.
I miss this so much as I have made so many friends in my refereeing career and enjoyed so much fun over the years and met some great people. BesBES
At the moment I am still able to referee U7-U9 which I still enjoy doing and have registered again this year which will be my 33rd season.
Please give my best wishes and my sincere apologies to everyone who attends and tell them BARRY THE BOOK is not finished yet.