Ben Bailey was the big winner at Hednesford Town’s End-of-Season Awards evening on Friday night as players, supporters and staff packed into the Chase Suite to celebrate what was an historic season for The Pitmen first team and youth team.
With entrance to the evening free-of-charge it really was a case of ‘standing room only’ as the Hednesford youth team product and inspirational centre half picked up no less than four awards: Supporters’, Supporters Association’s, Players’ and Manager’s Player of the Season with top scorer Elliott Durrell receiving the Travel Club Player of the Season award.
Supporters Association Joint-Chairman, Scott Smith, hosted the evening alongside Club Secretary Terry McMahon and Smith deservedly won the Clubman of the Year accolade for his tireless work across many facets of the Club.
In his speech prior to revealing Smith as the winner, McMahon echoed the sentiments of many at the Football Club regarding the work put in by Scott.
‘There are many people within the Club who work extremely hard throughout the season, but without Scott Smith this Club simply would not function in the way it does at the moment. He is a tireless supporter of the Club, from running our Twitter and Facebook feed to organising working parties of supporters when there were two feet of snow on the pitch. His importance to Hednesford should not be understated.’
Those present at the night were able to vote for Goal of the Season, thanks to Club Cameraman Jon Hawkins and after many votes cast on the night from a shortlist of ten, Michael Lennon’s screamer against Buxton in March was declared the winner while Colin Woodward, another sterling volunteer throughout the season, received the SA Fan of the Year trophy.
Over £200 was raised in two raffles with prizes including a signed pair of boots worn by former Pitman and Swansea’s League Cup winning Captain, Ashley Williams. The club would like to thank the businesses that kindly donated raffle prizes for the evening.
Following the presentation, manager Rob Smith and Captain Darren Campion held the floor for a comical reflection on the season and the majority of supporters then took the opportunity for a photo shoot with the haul of trophies alongside the victorious playing squad.