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A night of celebration

John Moore - David Holmes - Nick Shaw - 14th May 2012

A night of celebration With the Conference South trophy proudly on display at the club’s annual dinner last weekend, it was a night to recognise various outstanding performances, which have contributed to a memorable season for the Cards.

The First Team Awards

Adam Newton picked up both the Manager's Player of the Season and the Players' Player of the Season awards. Adam made 38 starts in the league this season and, having taken over the captaincy of the side following Mark Ricketts injury last December, showed great leadership both on and off the pitch. Garry Hill said about his inspirational skipper: "He's been willing to help the other players with the experience he's gained over the years both on and off the field; it's an award that's richly deserved."

Adam Newton

Alan Inns was presented with the Cards Trust Player of the Season and the Fans' Player of the Season. Alan missed the first couple of months of the season through injury, but returned to the side at the end of October and made 29 appearances in the league. He scored 4 goals in total, including 2 crucial headers in both matches against promotion rivals Dartford. Following in the footsteps of Steve Thompson and Kevin Betsy in winning the Cards Trust Player of the Season award, Alan commented: "I feel pretty old hearing that, but it's a good achievement, and I’m really happy. A lot of the credit has to go down to the team who have been fantastic. The team spirit this season is the one thing that's pulled us through with so many good players and so many good personalities and obviously Garry & Steve have been fantastic too."

Alan Inns

Giuseppe Sole was presented with a new award, the Woking News & Mail Player of the Year award, and there was also a special presentation given to him to commemorate his record-breaking run of scoring in eleven consecutive league matches.

Giuseppe Sole

Giuseppe Sole’s vital match winning goal in the home game against Tonbridge Angels on Bank Holiday Monday, was also voted by the fans as their Goal of the Season. The Top five Goals of the Season as chosen by the fans were:
  1. Giuseppe Sole vs Tonbridge Angels

  2. Elvis Hammond vs Thurrock

  3. Joe McNerney vs Bromley

  4. Paris Cowan-Hall vs Eastbourne Borough

  5. Jack King vs Thurrock

The Academy Awards

These were made to the following:

U17 Players' Player - Liam Allen
U17 Manager's Player - Isaac Nkosi
U18 Players' Player - Jake Hicks
U18 Manager's Player - Louie Meech
U19 Players' Player - Jon Coussens
U19 Manager's Player - Jack Mazzone
Reserve Team Players' Player - Jack Mazzone
Reserve Team Manager's Player - George Frith

Jack Mazzone

Other awards and important announcements

The Clubman of the Year award went to Ron Rawlings, with Chairman Mike Smith praising Ron, who has served the club for over fifteen years, for his “tremendous loyalty, commitment and dedication.”

The re-naming of "The Phil Ledger Boardroom" and "The Colin Lippiatt Legends' Bar" was also announced, with a presentation to Angela Norman and Frances Lippiatt in recognition of Phil and Colin’s enormous contribution to the football club and Angela and Frances’ continued involvement and hard work behind the scenes.

It was confirmed that Calor Gas will continue its sponsorship of Woking Football Club and a presentation was made to Cards’ director and the owner of Calor Gas in Guildford, Peter Jordan, to celebrate this ongoing partnership.

Finally, and to the biggest cheer of the night, Mike Smith announced that both Garry Hill and Steve Thompson had agreed new deals to stay at the club.

For all those present, it was a wonderful evening and extra special thanks for this must go to host Adrian Harms from BBC Surrey and to Jane Spong, who organised the event and was responsible for making it run so smoothly on the night.
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