The End of Season Awards took place in the Chase Suite following the Tamworth match on Easter Monday. After two abandoned seasons it was a marvelous achievement from everyone connected to the club to emerge from the pandemic with strong foundations in place to continue on a journey of sustainable progress. Chairman Graham Jones opened proceedings by thanking the supporters, staff, volunteers, players and the management team for their contributions over the season. The gratitude was reciprocated by those in attendance to Graham, without whose leadership and vast personal contribution, Hednesford Town may have become a thing of the past.
Leroy Lita was awarded the HTFCSA Man of the Match award for his performance against Tamworth. With his fifth goal in just five games for the club, Leroy has made a huge contribution both on and off the pitch with his experience, knowledge, ability and infectious love of the game.
Dan Lomas won Supporter of the Year. Dan, HTFCTV’s cameraman, not only films and produces the match highlights and post game interviews for the club but also keeps the rest of the staff and volunteers amused with his dry wit and willingness to say what is on his mind! Dan often works in difficult circumstances, exposed to the elements in some “interesting” places, this season’s highlights include Nuneaton’s moving gantry during Storm Arwen, balancing on a muddy bank at Stone Old Alleynians and even climbing onto the roof of the main stand at Stratford Town.
Lewis Ison was awarded the HTFCSA Player of the Year Award by Kevin Fearn. Lewis joined Hednesford Town during the pandemic and has had a terrific first full season at the club. A first choice on the team sheet all season, his consistent performances and leadership qualities saw him handed the captaincy midway through the campaign.
Val Bates, deservedly won the Club Person of the Year. Club stalwart Val has endured the most awful personal circumstances with Dave’s passing last year. Val’s courage and strength has been an example to everyone and her contribution to the club has not wavered, making sure that we have the best playing surface possible and that everything is done properly.
Ken Leese, received the Toilet Cleaner and Litter Picker of the Year Award. Visiting supporters and match officials often comment on the quality of the facilities at Keys Park on match day. The voluntary work done by Ken and others cannot be underestimated in providing a match day experience that is the envy of many EFL clubs.
Over to Todd Parker who deservedly took home a sweep of trophies after a tremendous season for Hednesford Town’s young midfield engine. Todd was awarded Players’ Player of the Year, Manager’s Player of the Year, Manager’s Young Player of the Year and the Sue Pitt Memorial Shield. Todd has covered every blade of grass at Keys Park this year putting in combative and consistent performances, while committing himself to the club despite interest from the Premier League.