Chasetown FC celebrate a successful season in style

Lee Noble presents Gary Birch with his award. Pic: Dave Birt

Lee Noble presents Gary Birch with his award. Pic: Dave Birt

A phenomenal season for Chasetown Football Club was celebrated at the annual presentation evening at the Banks’s Stadium in Walsall.

The Scholars first team let their hair down following their brilliant and sensational promotion to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, although manager Charlie Blakemore sadly could not be present due to illness.

Charlie’s deputy Andy Cox paid tribute to the inspirational boss during the evening and joined in with all the night’s fun and games.

The top goalscorer for the side was Gary Birch despite his season being interrupted by injury, while goalkeeper Ryan Price, who missed just one match all season, took the Manager’s award.  The ever-entertaining Dave Egan took the Players’ Player award, while the Supporters’ Player of the Year was flying winger John Branch.

The Reserves also had a successful season and only missed out on the Midland Combination Reserve Division title on goal difference.

Jack Scandrett was the highest scorer for the season but the rest of the trophies belonged to Jack Hulin who scooped the Players’ Player, Manager’s Player and Supporters’ Player of the Year awards.

Hulin also took the Manager’s Player award for the Under-18 side, struggling to the stage on repeated occasions on his crutches following a recent injury.

Drew Aiton was Players’ Player of the Season while the supporters’ vote went to Mark Wiggins.  Alex Imerfreys was top scorer, with John Branch accepting the trophy in his absence.

The first season in senior football for Chasetown Ladies FC saw a sensational league title in the Staffordshire County Women’s League, the girls sealing the title with an extraordinary 21-0 win over Stafford Rangers on the final day.

Sinead Treanor receives her award from Lee Noble

Sinead Treanor receives her award from Lee Noble. Pic: Dave Birt

Sinead Treanor was their top scorer with an incredible 72 goals for the season, while the Players’ Player award went to Charlotte Bull.  Manager Trevor Barter chose Katy Bridge as his player of the season, while Nicci Barter was voted Supporters’ Player of the Season.

Danny Aston was top scorer for the Under-17 side, but manager Karl O’Neill could not split Ben Webster and Tom Dutton and they jointly took the Manager’s award.  Joe O’Neill was Players’ Player and Luke Villers Supporters’ Player of the Season.

The launch of a Scholarship youth side was another landmark of the 2009-10 season, and their squad was also in attendance to mark their first season in the Conference Youth Alliance North.  Zach Cogger was their top scorer, while Danny Scragg was voted Players’ Player of the Season.

Youth coach Andy Turner also presented two special awards for inspiration and achievement.  The first award went to Alex Dakin, while Malta youth international Chris Vassallo was stunned and elated to take the achievement prize.

Alan Smith’s annual award for the best young player of the season went to Chad Degville, and Brian Baker handed his annual Presidential Prize to John Branch, crowning a great evening for the winger.

Baker and chief executive Mick Joiner were surprised by a special presentation from Supporters’ Club representative Richard Lamb, marking their combined 100 years of service to the club.

The evening also saw the major announcement of Crown Cutting Services as the new shirt sponsor for the Scholars for the 2010-11 season.

Director Steven Jones and his wife Julie were welcomed to the club by chairman John Donnelly, while Lee Noble of outgoing sponsors Low Cost Accountancy assisted with presenting the awards alongside fellow sponsor Carl Street and Northern Premier League representatives Alan Allcock and John Beaumont, who thoroughly enjoyed their evening as guests of the Scholars.

The evening was rounded off with entertainment from nine-piece soul band The Commandments, concluding a wonderful season for the club on all fronts.

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