Sunday the 16th June saw the last ever presentation/awards night take place in the Martin Peters Sports Bar under the guise of Bacup Borough Football Club. The event saw the whole club come together to celebrate last season’s achievements, reward the tireless effort of the club’s players and staff, and to celebrate the club’s proud history judging its transition to Bacup and Rossendale Borough FC.
The awards were presented by former Bury FC player Sean Coleman who also did join Bacup Borough in 1978 from which he was captain, manager and assistant manager at the club and also he is the only player to date to have received a testimonial which took place 21 years ago and he played and managed in over 500 league games for the club. The main awards were as follows.
Shane Birtles was overjoyed to come away from the night with not one but two player of the year trophies. These awards were players player and supporters player of the year which is a tremendous achievement for the defender. For his players player award it clearly showed that he fully deserved this achievement as 21 players voted in all and it turned out that Shane received 14 of those votes. In addition to the winner the votes were also spread between Gareth Wager, Matthew Bryan, Aaron Kirk and Daniel Cocks.
The managers player of the year award was handed to Lee Oldham and by some margin once again. Following his award there was a special announcement and it was revealed that this season Lee would be granted a testimonial for his loyal services to the club as he has seen over ten years here.
The leading goal scorer for the season saw star striker and captain Daniel Cocks pick up his well deserved trophy for the 17 times he managed to find the net throughout the course of the season which is a superb effort.
Summing up the awards there were also awards handed out based on special merit and these were presented to club members that had not just done their job but gone that extra step to help the club. These awards went to Debra O’Connor, Karl Stringer, Jimmy Petruzzi, Edwin Crook, Stuart Clough and Jon Edmundson.
The event started at 4pm with tea, entertainment, and a race event. The whole night was a success and was thoroughly enjoyable for all. The family atmosphere and full attendance epitomised the season. A fitting end to our last season as Bacup Borough Football Club.