Senior Presentation Evening 2017

Saturday 20th May 2017

The club’s 2016/17 Presentation Evening, which was held at the Orwell Hotel, just a short distance from the Goldstar Ground, on Saturday 20th May, proved to be another resounding success, with the town’s newly elected Mayor Nick Barber and his wife in attendance throughout the evening.

An excellent three course meal, coffee and biscuits, intermingled with the occasional alcoholic drink, helped the evening to go along smoothly for a full house. There was also a strong, visible presence of supporters occupying several tables, plus plenty of youth team coaches and parents, all enjoying the event.

Kevin O'Donnell & Ian Watson hold the Thurlow Nunn League Runners-Up Shield

Manager Kevin O’Donnell, who revealed in his opening remarks that his assistant manager Ian Watson will become joint manager for the coming season, spoke of his pride on what the club had achieved in the last 12 months - increased support, highest ever points total, highest ever finish, best ever record in the FA Cup and a squad he was immensely proud of, achieving so much.

There had been little surprise a few minutes earlier when Gary Maples, representing the supporters, came up to announce the Supporters Player of the Year as Jordy Matthews, and there was again little surprise when the Players’ Player of the Year came up with the same name… and perhaps there can be no higher accolade than your peers selecting you as their player of the year!

The presentations had commenced with Under 18’s manager Aren Howell taking the mic to make the presentations to that group, with Joe Allum collecting the Players’ Player and Lewis Smy the Manager’s Player, with Lewis Owen the Young Player of the Year.

David Brewster receives Clubman of the Year Award from Director of Football Tony Barnes.

Howell remained standing for the reserves presentations, joined by Gareth Nolan to name the Reserve Team Players’ Player as Ryan Garnham for a series of outstanding displays between the sticks - it will probably have settled well with Ryan’s father Dean, himself a former custodian for the Seasiders.

Reserve team Managers POTY went to Jamie Lewis, who also picked up the committees POTY, given to the player who the committee feel have best represented the club, both on and off the field.Right: Jamie Lewis Receives Committee Person of the Year award from Jim Seymour

It was an excellent evening all round, with various smaller, although equally important gifts being handed out by the management and players to the hard working people behind the scenes who help make the club tick.

Full Lists Of Awards

Clubman of the Year - David Brewster

Committee Person of the Year - Jamie Lewis

Supporters Player of the Year - Jordan Matthews

Players Player of the Year - Jordan Matthews

Reserve Team Players Player of the Year - Ryan Garnham

Reserve Team Managers Player of the Year - Jamie Lewis

Under 18 - Players Player of the Year - Joe Allum

Under 18 - Managers Player of the Year - Lewis Smy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Friday 20th May 2016

 

The club’s Senior Presentation Evening took place on Friday evening (20th May 2016) at The Orwell Hotel, just a few hundred yards from the Goldstar Ground and went off very well, with a good attendance and excellent food in a convivial atmosphere.

While the major awards went to the winners as shown below, it was pleasing to see some of the unrecognised many receiving recognition, two couples in particular collecting a voucher to use at Milsons in recognition of their support.

It was Toby Green’s first season in charge of the reserves side and he spoke eloquently when commenting on the reserves season and on the support they received both home and away by a loyal band of followers, presenting the parents of Kyle Birchfield and Jon Linard with the Milsons voucher. It was a taste of what was to come as the name Birchfield occurred several times more as the awards were presented.

There were several bunches of flowers for the unseen ladies who work behind the scenes and some who are more prominent.  

Club manager Kevin O’Donnell employed club captain Rhys Barber to present his wife Sharon with an arrangement of flowers together with Lynn Hakes, partner of secretary Tony Barnes, there were also flowers for Jayne Ryan & Jan Griffiths for their happy Fridays spent putting together the club’s match day magazine, and Julie Beecroft, who can be found on match days at the gate taking entrance money or selling programmes and selling raffle tickets in the clubhouse after games. Kate Ayriss, who with partner Chris Daynes helps make every day running of the club & clubhouse tick along was also presented with a large and lovely bunch of flowers which was well received by the audience, and would have been a pleasant change from being presented with dirty kit every Saturday evening!

There were plenty of mentions for the 92in92 feat completed by the twin brothers and even a suggestion from the first team management that perhaps they should do it again but include the Scottish teams as well. I have to mention at this point the response wasn’t overly positive!

Perhaps the only person surprised by the award of ‘Clubman of the Year’ was the actual winner, one of the twins who completed the 92in92 and who is always first to put his hand up when some idea or project needs a volunteer. Supporters’ Club Chairman and tea bar operator inside the ground, his role is wide ranging and it was a very popular reception for Stuart Daynes when his name was announced!

There were thanks also from first team captain Rhys Barber to Kate and Jo Watson and a presentation to the club captain (Rhys Barber) Vice captains (Sheridan Driver) vice captain Callum Bennett. It wasn’t totally clear who made the appointment of vice, vice captain but it appeared it may have been a self appointing role giving him the unofficial last word in the pre-match dressing room!

One of the highlights of the evening came at the end of the ‘Head & Tails’ game, a bit of fun where participants put in a £5 note to qualify them to play, on the evening first team coach Andy Crump was appointed as ‘The Tosser’ and Tony Barnes the ‘Caller’. It was a prize worth winning with £300 for the last person standing and the six finalists were whittled down to just two, with Sheridan Driver and Angel Goodwin, wife of councillor John Goodwin, the last two standing. Sheri guessed wrong with his hands on his backside while Mrs Goodwin heard Tony Barnes call out ‘Heads’. Very nice little earner £300, but in a gesture of real generosity Mrs Goodwin handed £150 (half) to Sheridan Driver and returned the other £150 to the club for the development fund!

The other major club award was presented to the player who the committee felt had best represented the Seasiders both on and off the field and this year the Committee Cup was presented to first team ‘keeper Danny Crump, again measured by the reception, the winner was a very popular choice!

One of the highest accolades you can receive is the recognition of the supporters in your role as a player over the course of a season, and this year, Supporters Player of the Year went to Arran Sheppard, presented by long term supporter Karl Earyye. ‘Sheppy’ recently became a Dad for the first time so there was a bit of double joy for him, it was noted that over the past three seasons under manager Kevin O’Donnell the club’s average home gate had doubled and O’Donnell pointed out that over the course of the season the side had conceded just 26 league goals in a 38 game season and the club had the second best defensive record from over 380 clubs at level five of the football pyramid nationwide, and ‘Sheppy’ was an integral part of the defensive line up.

Manager Kevin O’Donnell made a few personal presentations to Tony Barnes and his own staff, highlighting the fact that the appointment of Ian Watson (apparently now also known as Sgt Wilson for some obscure reason – ask him!) as his assistant manager had been a breath of fresh air - with a generous and genuinely warm nature, Watson/Wilson has certainly brought a smile to many faces around the Goldstar Ground.

It was an excellent evening all round, and good to see so many managers and coaches from the junior section in attendance, plus support from councillors and supporters.

The full list of awards are:

Clubman of the Year: Stuart Daynes

Committee person of the Year: Danny Crump

Supporters Player of the Year: Arran Sheppard

First Team Players’ Player: Jordan Matthews

Reserve Team Manager’s Player of the Year: Kyle Birchfield

Reserve Team Players’ Player: Ashley Veitch

Under 18 Manager’s Player of the Year: Kyle Birchfield

Under 18 Players’ Player: Kyle Birchfield

 

A full pictorial review of the evening can be found in the 'Gallery' section of the Website

 

2014/2015

The Presentation Evening took place on Saturday (23rd May 2015) in the clubhouse at the Goldstar Ground with a Hog Roast and all the trimmings, plus live music from singer/songwriter Gussie Stafford.

Major winners for their contribution to the club over the previous 12 months went to Chris Daynes and his partner Kate Ayriss who jointly collected the Clubman of the Year award, rightly highlighting their outstanding efforts to move the club forward.

Winner of the Committee Cup, awarded to the player who the committee felt had best represented the club both on and off the pitch throughout the season went to Matt West, who often found himself named as a substitute when desperate to play, but always carried himself with dignity and patiently awaited his opportunity, which came in the latter stages of the season. It was an award greeted by a warm round of applause from players and guests alike.

Outgoing reserve team manager Dan Hiscock spoke first and was quick to praise the fact that the reserve side, who finished 4th in the Reserve League Premier Division, had blooded 11 players from the clubs Under 18 side and a further two from the Under 16's. Of his choice as Managers Player of the Season, he was quick to praise the contribution made, both in the dressing room and on the pitch and there were no raised eyebrows when George McCallum picked up the trophy.

McCallum was quickly back again when he was named as Reserve team Players' Player which is a trophy to be justifiably proud of, having been considered worthy by your peers.

First team manager Kevin O'Donnell quickly scotched any doubts and rumours about his future at the club and spoke of a bigger picture, rather than purely results on the field over the next few seasons, plans for a new clubhouse being a priority without losing sight of the sides standing in a very competitive league. There was no doubt that O'Donnell still very much wants to win the league and some silverware and he has been busy restructuring his management and coaching team, and as might be expected kept his cards fairly close to his chest with regard new faces in his team both on and off the pitch.

With no Manager's Player of the Year, O'Donnell's view being that all his squad are the Players of the Year, the Supporters Player of the Year went to Rhys Barber for the second year running, as did the Players' Player of the Year trophy.

There were flowers for the ladies, Sharon O'Donnell, Julie Beecroft, Lynne Hakes, Jayne Ryan and Jan Griffiths and not forgetting Kate Ayriss, and some green cardboard cases for Dan Kett and Martyn Dew.

Dan Kett, without prompting (well, not much!) gave his rendering of a few songs, sung without musical accompaniment, which pleasantly surprised everyone before the excellent Gussie Stafford resumed with the mic, accompanied by guitar.

On a personal note I would like to add a big, big thank you to Stan Baston, perhaps the club find of the last three years - his high quality photography has been a massive boost for the club, with action shots regularly featuring in both the East Anglian Daily Times and Evening Star as well as the club website and again I thank him for those contained herein.