Prizes handed out at Suffolk FA Awards Dinner
PUBLISHED: 17:43 11 June 2015
The Suffolk FA Awards Dinner proved a fitting climax to the season at grassroots level in the county.
More than 130 guests attended the evening, which saw a host of volunteers from across the county receive awards.
The Awards Dinner, which was held in the Sir Bobby Robson Suite at Portman Road on Thursday, also included a three-course meal plus a speech from former Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks CBE.
He paid tribute to grassroots football and all the volunteers who make it possible, and related some stories and anecdotes from his time at the club.
There was also a Q&A session which saw Sheepshanks joined by former Ipswich Town manager George Burley in answering questions from the audience.
Roll of honour
Referees’ Long Service Awards:
25 years: Graham Apperley, Geoffrey Cook, Paul Cunningham, William Freeman, Peter Hart, Glenn Yellop.
40 years: David Theobald
50 years: Mick Leeds.
Groundsman of the Year Awards
1st: Darryle Flegg (Achilles FC)
2nd: Michael Brundish (Old Newton Utd FC)
3rd: Martin Stiff (Claydon FC).
Representative Team Awards
Ladies’ Player of the Year: Marcie Prettyman
Under-18 Player of the Year: Jack Newman
Under-16 Player of the Year: Dan Knight.
25 Appearances Awards: Danielle Bitten, Amanda Crump, Amy Howlett, Lindsey Smith.
FA Community Awards
FA Charter Standard League: Norfolk & Suffolk Youth League
FA Charter Standard Development Club: Cornard Dynamos YFC
FA Charter Standard Club: Beccles Town Youth
FA Community Club: Waveney Youth
Outstanding Contribution to Community Football: Gavin Peters; Highly Commended: Peter Cocker
Volunteer of the Year: Rod Cooper
Young volunteer of the Year: Maria Palmer
FA 50-Year Service Award
Bryan Parker of Framlingham Town
Eight referees were presented with Long Service Awards by Sheepshanks, while the Groundsman of the Year Awards were handed out by Mark Harrod of sponsors Mark Harrod Ltd.
Suffolk FA chairman David Porter presented Player of the Year Awards for the county’s three Representative teams plus 25 Appearance Awards to four members of the Ladies’ team.
Mark Richards, who owns a franchise of McDonald’s restaurants and sponsored the event, handed out the seven FA Community Awards.
Upon Beccles Town Youth receiving the FA Charter Standard Club of the Year award, it was announced that they had also won the Regional Award.
The evening’s final presentation was to Framlingham Town FC president Bryan Parker, who was the recipient of an FA 50-Year Service Award.
The prize for a 13-night Canary Island Cruise, donated by Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, was won by Mike Powles, who has recently stepped down as chairman of Walsham-le-Willows FC.
Mike Phillips, who co-organised the evening with colleague Nick Garnham, said: “It was a great night, and I am pleased everyone enjoyed themselves.
“It was a fantastic way to close the season.
“A huge thank you to all the staff involved at ITFC, David and George for making the night that bit more special for everyone.”