THE ANNUAL end of season presentation awards event was held at the New Windmill ground on Friday when Leamington FC fans, players and officials marked an encouraging first season in Conference North.
Players and volunteers received recognition of their achievements, including goalkeeper Tony Breeden who won the Supporters Player’ of the Season award and defender James Mace who was runner-up in the fans’ voting and was also named Players’ Player of the Season.
The Manager’s Player of the Season accolade went to dynamic midfielder Joe Magunda, whilst Danny Newton – who only joined Brakes mid-term – collected the Top Goalscorer honour.
A highly deserved Clubman of the Season prize went to Leamington’s official photographer and matchday programme editor Sally Ellis, whilst this season’s Junior Clubman of the Season award was clinched by Tyler Connolly for his efforts on matchday and in support of the team and his general work behind the scenes.
The supporters group ‘The Banter’ awarded the Matt Blunt Trophy to midfielder Richard Batchelor and defender Martyn Naylor, both of whom have been sidelined due to long-term injuries, but who have been instrumental in helping out with coaching behind the scenes.
Stefan Moore won their ‘Goal of the Season’ for his stunning volley against Hednesford Town.
The board of directors would like to thank everyone both on and off the field of play who have given so much on behalf of the club and without whose support, help and guidance the club could not operate so effectively.
Lastly, they thank all the loyal supporters who visit the New Windmill and travel far and wide in support of the team.
Additional awards were made to the Leamington FC Veterans squad on the same evening: Clubman of the Year – Richard Clarke; Players’ Player of the Season – Lee Byford; Manager’s Player of the Season – Neil Clarke; Top Goalscorer – Jag Bahi.
MEANWHILE, Brakes goalkeeper Breeden and central defender Liam Daly have advised the club they will not be re-signing for the forthcoming season.
Both have accepted significant offers from local rivals Solihull Moors and, whilst manager Paul Holleran has admitted some disappointment at their leaving, he is firmly of the view that as one door closes then another opens for someone else.
He stated: “Whilst the club is flexible in its discussions with players reference their personal terms, we have a playing budget and structure that we adhere to. We will not jeopardise the club’s future for short-term gain. The policy has worked well for the club thus far.
“I fully understand that it was a good opportunity for both players and thank them for their efforts on behalf of Leamington and wish them both well for the future.
“Good progress has been made in my discussions with many of last season’s squad and the foundation of the squad is coming together nicely. I anticipate some key announcements imminently.”