A packed Fairfax Suite was the place to be on Friday evening, as players, management, Directors, sponsors and supporters came together to celebrate the successes of the 2011/12 season and to reward those who had made outstanding contributions towards this, including the volunteers and club stalwarts who give their time and expertise to ensure that the club can continue to move forward.
Hosted by Chairman Jon Gold and special guest, former England and Premiership Legend Dion Dublin, the evening sponsored by MC Signs saw Dabbers goalkeeper Jonny Brain make a clean sweep, winning both “The Players’ Player of The Year” and the coveted “Supporters’ Player of The Year”. Other Player Awards saw Rod McDonald win the “Young Player of the Year” and Darren Moss take the “Manager’s Special Merit Award”. There was also a special presentation to Michael Lennon to commemorate both the scoring of his landmark 100th goal for the club and reaching 200 appearances.
Volunteers including Roy Tilley and Steve Smithies, who was honoured with an “Outstanding Contribution” Award for his work with Youth Development over many years at the club also picked up awards.
Supporters were also recognised and Dion Dublin presented The Nantwich Town Supporters Group with the Inter Club Quiz Trophy which they had won two weeks previously by defeating supporters groups from other local clubs. The Supporter of the Year Award was given to Paul Dean whose loyalty and commitment to the Dabbers cause had seen him clock up over three and a half thousand miles watching every home and away game this past season, including all pre-season friendlies and cup games.
Jon Gold said, “It was a fantastic evening and a celebration of all that is good about our club on every level and whilst there are obviously frustrations, disappointments and successes in any season, the history making FA Cup run and the memorable victories over Chester, FC United and Northwich, as well as the bonus of winning the Cheshire Senior Cup last week, ensured that this season will live long in the memory. It’ll also whet the appetite for greater success next season and with the components of a settled young improving side already in place and plans to strengthen this further, next season promises to be even more exciting. I would personally like to thank all the people who give their time to making this club what it is and our wonderful supporters who have given their all for the club and the success in winning the Cheshire Senior Cup was just reward for their loyalty and efforts and I’m glad we had the opportunity to sign off the season in style and to celebrate together on Friday evening. I would also like to sincerely thank all of our commercial partners whose generosity allows us to continue our path of development and growth.”
It was also exclusively announced during the evening that County Insurance would be increasing their support and involvement in the club next season by sponsoring both the Home & New Away Shirts.
The Full List of Awards
Roy Tilley – Recognition of his achievement as a BT Community Volunteer
Crewe Youth Cup – Nantwich Town Under 18′s (Manager Jim Keleher)
Inter Club Quiz Champions – Nantwich Town Supporters
Presentation of signed Away Shirt To Tim Bowker (Nantwich Refrigeration Services) in recognition of their sponsorship and support
Supporter of The Year Award – Paul Dean
Outstanding Contribution – Steve Smithies in recognition of his work with Youth Development
Michael Lennon – 100 Goals/200 Appearances
Manager’s Young Player of The Year – Rod McDonald
Manager’s Special Merit Award – Darren Moss
Players’ Player of The Year – Jon Brain
Supporters’ Player of The Year – Jon Brain
Cheshire Senior Cup To Chris Flynn
Photos courtesy of Simon J Newbury Photography