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The club’s End of Season Presentation Evening was held on Friday 29th April at the Rivet’s Social Club. Hosted by the Chairman of 21CD Ron Syratt, the annual awards evening was enjoyed by a large audience.
Ron summarised the season, noting that despite our hopes of a solid season at our new temporary home in Thame, it was anything but. Surely none of us could have expected such a poor start to the season, especially at home on a fantastic playing surface; if it wasn’t for our form away from home, we could have been marooned at the bottom of the league quite quickly. The poor early season form, coupled with early exits from the FA knockout competitions and the associated loss of prize money income, saw Tony Joyce resign from his position as manager after 7 relatively successful years, which saw us recover from relegation to the South Midlands League to again become an established Southern League club. During that time Tony had been a popular manager, building a fine team spirit with his coaching staff of Glyn Creaser and the now much missed Gary Hawksworth. The latter two agreed to take the club forward as the new managerial partnership, and while results weren’t immediately improved, fitness improved and the team with a number of new faces introduced, gelled together after Christmas to gather enough points to be clear of the relegation places with two matches to spare. It is perhaps telling that once again Stacey Field was our top scorer with just 6 goals this season, albeit he missed a big chunk of matches after Christmas due to injury. This was also a season which saw skipper Jack Wood reach 300 appearances for the club, a fine achievement for one so young.
Erika Robinson was then asked to step forward and present the Supporter’s Player of the Season. First she summarised the season from the fan’s perspective, including some highlights, such as Sonny French’s second goal at Petersfield, straight from the kick off at half time, which many who were late leaving the clubhouse would have missed! The late comebacks to equalise at Haywood Way and win at Leighton Town were also memorable, gaining important points as part of a fine run of games from the beginning of April.
Erika finished by announcing the Supporter’s Player of the Year is Jack Wood.
Ron then asked Glyn Creaser to step forward and share his thoughts on the season. He started by thanking the club for the opportunity to manage the team after Tony’s departure, especially Steve Baker and Ken Turnbull for their support to him. He recognised the commitment from the players, both mental and physically, who stayed with the club to fight to stave of the threat of relegation, and was pleased that he has been able to introduce some of the younger players from within the club’s junior division to first team football, proving there is an active pathway through to the first team for those who work hard and prove themselves worthy of a chance at this level. He also thanked his coaching staff of Steve Tucker and Mike Hogg for their help, especially since the very untimely passing of his right hand man and club favourite Gary Hawksworth. Glyn expressed his pleasure that we were able to welcome Gary’s partner Coral to the presentation and then proposed a toast in Gary’s memory.
Glyn then highlighted the commitment and support of Jack Sillitoe to the squad during a season when he underwent an operation on his shoulder injury, causing him to miss the entire season. Whenever he has been able to, Jack has been at matches, both home and away and at training, assisting the team to prepare for matches and has been an outstanding ambassador for the club during this difficult season for him. He also thanked both Ron Schmidt and Wendy Brandon; Ron for his work on matchdays preparing the kit, collecting balls and humour in the changing room, Wendy for the cakes and biscuits she has selflessly prepared for every home match for the players. He went on to thank the loyal band of supporters who have maintained a vocal presence, with, in the main, fulsome encouragement of the players through this difficult season. Finally he thanked his wife Andrea and daughter Megan for their support to him as he carried out his duties as manager of the club, especially on days when the result hasn’t been favourable!
Glyn then asked Greg Williams to join him as he announced the Player’s Player of the Year. Greg presented the Trophy to Jack Wood.
Glyn then announced his Manager’s Player of the Year, which is Greg Williams.
Glyn then invited Coral to join him and explained that the club has renamed the Most Improved Player award in Gary’s memory. It will now be known as “The Gary Hawksworth Memorial Trophy For The Most Improved Player”. This reflects Gary’s encouragement and advice to players, especially the younger players to improve as both people and players. Coral then presented the Trophy to Jake Bewley.
Ken Turnbull then took to the floor and apologised on behalf of Graham Read for his absence on the night due to a pre booked holiday. He thanked all present for their contributions on and off the pitch during the season, highlighting that a lot of the absolutely necessary work that goes towards keeping the club functioning is done by a small band of volunteers. He then announced that following a Board meeting this week, Glyn Creaser has been appointed manager of Aylesbury United for the next season. This was greeted with a unanimous round of applause, for which Glyn thanked the room. Glyn then announced that Jack Wood is his first signing for next season, the skipper committing himself to a further season with the Ducks, which again was greeted with huge applause.
Ken then presented Lea Coulter with a Trophy to mark his 100 appearances for the club.
He then invited Steve Baker to step forward and present the Clubman of the Year Trophy, which this year is awarded to Jack Sillitoe for his selfless commitment to the team during his injury hit season.
Finally, Ken presented a Silver Salver to Colin and Wendy Brandon who are retiring from “Front Line Duties” for the club after 26 years of loyal service, in many different spheres, be it turnstile duties, washing the kit, fundraising, coach driving or cake baking!
Ron then asked Sean Haywood to give an update to the group about the recent activities of the Walking Footballers who represent to football club, in both local and national competitions. This arm of the club has been active since Oct 2014 and are the current Buckinghamshire champions. They will be representing the club next Wednesday at Milton Keynes in the National Championships, followed by a tournament at Corinthian Casuals FC. He finished by highlighting the achievements of the Pan Disability U16 team, which he coaches, and are about to be crowned as winners of their league, a fantastic effort.
Ron Syratt then closed the formal speeches by thanking the committee of 21CD, especially Rob Hiscock, Ian Pluck and Brian Metcalfe for organising the evening, which again has raised much needed funds for the football club.
To close proceedings, Greg Williams and Jack Wood then presented a series of light hearted awards to members of the playing squad and support team, paid for from the fines that had been gathered from the players during the season. Firstly Steve Tucker and Glyn Creaser were given a bottle of spirits each for their efforts in coaching the team. Ron Schmidt and Wendy Brandon were also rewarded for their efforts during the season in support of the team.
Then came the more light hearted awards:
Jack Beech and Alvin Rajaram were awarded with a bottle of shower gel each - to encourage them to join the rest of the team in the showers after each match!
Shaun Owens was given the “Angriest Man” award.
Alex Collard was given a tiara to recognise him as the “Namby Pamby Footballer of the Year”
Chris Crook (in his absence, presumably because he couldn’t find his way to the Rivets Social Club), was awarded an A - Z of Aylesbury, to help with his navigation to matches.
Zaki Oualah was awarded a mini handbag for being the “Biggest Tart in the Team”
Finally, the “Jumped Ship Award” was awarded jointly to Tony Joyce, Shane Wood and Jordan Frederick.
A fine time was had by all, thanks to Rivet’s for hosting us and to HiTide for providing the food on the evening.
Mike Snell has produced an excellent slideshow, featuring Aylesbury United's 2015/16 season and the team's fight to avoid relegation.
The video is available on YouTube now.
Click here: https://youtu.be/e4hCs4XdjXY
Aylesbury were unable to end their season with a final flourish, as they went down to a 1-0 defeat Uxbridge.
Anthony O'Connor scored the decisive goal midway through the first half, calmly finding the net after Zaki Oualah had done well to save an initial effort.
The Ducks did hit the post and bar in the second half, and on another day could have taken something from the game.
Overall though, it was a deserved win for the home side who created the majority of chances but regularly found themselves stopped with Oualah in sparkling form once again.
Jack Wood, Aylesbury United's club captain, has been presented with a trophy to mark 300 appearances for the club.
The award was made on Thursday evening (21 April) prior to the Ducks playing their last home game of the season against Beaconsfield SYCOB FC at the ASM Stadium, Thame.
Jack, who is just 24, played his first game for Aylesbury United in 2010 when he was on loan from Luton Town. The central defender has now clocked up 304 games for the club and scored 27 goals.
Jack is pictured with youngsters from Aylesbury United's large junior section.
A big thank you to everyone who generously donated to the fundraising undertaken by Ricky Brown at last night's game.
Defender Ricky is running the Vitality British 10k London Run 2016 on 10th July in aid of The Society For Mucopolysaccharide Diseases (The MPS Society), with a friend's son suffering from the disease.
At the Beaconsfield SYCOB game his collection raised over £100.
You can still also pledge your support to Ricky at his JustGiving page.