So we come to the end of an 'up and down' season for the football club. There have been lots of changes as our new investors have worked towards the longer term goals of financial sustainability and success on the field after the switch to a full time playing staff at the start of the season.
The saying is that at the end of the season 'the table never lies' and there is no disgrace to a fifteenth position with clubs such as Southend United. There have been some great victories and some difficult patches, but the new manager has clear ideas of what he wants from the new season - and he has a bit more budget. However, it will still not be the biggest budget in the League by any means.
The season finished with the trip away to Chesterfield and a creditable 0-0 draw. Thanks are due to Adam Bowyer for his tireless work to organise the away travel and his work for Junior Cards The final weekend at the Laithwaite Community Stadium saw the game vs Eastleigh. We were there to meet fans and drum up support for the Trust, Junior Cards and the fund raising activities. (see below)
Thanks to all those that helped organise or contributed to Goldrush, the 400 Club and the other activites that we have undertaken all season. Here's hoping that next season we can also extend the activities back to include social events.
By the way, the Goldrush vs Eastleigh winning ticket number was 05394, the prize was £444 and it was won by the Platinum Table in the Sponsors’ Lounge.
The Player of the Season Award was decided by a combination of votes online and in person from fans at the match vs Eastleigh. The result in ascending order was:
In third place, Moussa Diarra
In second place following what looks like a successful social media campaign by his fans, Solomon Nwabuokei
And the winner was <fx:drumroll> Max Kretzschmar.
The win was not surprising, give Max's dominance of the Player of the Month awards. The prize was awarded at the 100th year birthday party at the Laithwaite Community Stadium along with other awards for Academy Player of the Year and Goal of the Season (well done Kyran Lofthouse!)
Max also won the Dennis Potter Trophy for Player's Player of the Season award.
For the academy, the awards were:
Outstanding 1st Year Player – Ellis Osbourne
Outstanding 2nd Year Player – Sean Swift
Outstanding Overall Player – Trevor Caborn
Bob Raikes was awarded the Andy Turner prize as Volunteer of the Year for his work over four seasons on the programmes.
Thanks to Waitrose Goldsworth Park for their support of the champagne during the season and the special champagne for the POS.