MARTIN GRANT was the popular winner of the CRAWLEY OBSERVER PLAYER OF THE YEAR Award at Three Bridges’ annual Awards Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Worth on Saturday night. Despite Bridges’ sad relegation season, Grant performed wonders in the Bridges goal at times throughout the season.
At a critical stage of the season, Bridges lost skipper JAMIE CRELLIN in January following a nasty challenge at Godalming, but he had nevertheless done enough as far as fans were concerned as he picked up the SUPPORTERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR trophy as well as taking one for making 100 appearances for the side.
HAKEEM ADELAKUN, KIERON THORP and JOHN LANSDALE all reached the 100 appearances landmark during the season, but only Lansdale, who showed his versatility with even one game in goal for Bridges (a 2-1 win at East Grinstead), was there to receive his award as well as picking up the DAVE SHARPE AWARD for always giving 101%.
Adelakun had also been nominated for GOAL OF THE SEASON for his 45 yard strike away to Faversham Town, and another not in attendance was ABU TOURAY, who will receive his award for 200 appearances at a later date.
TONY GARROD won the PLAYERS PLAYER trophy after finishing Top Scorer yet again, but the scoring honours went to 16 year old TIM COOK, who will be receiving a trophy from the Ryman League next month after finishing Top Scorer over all four divisions of the Under 18’s section. At the Bridges function, he collected three awards as ACADEMY PLAYER OF THE YEAR, UNDER 18’S PLAYERS PLAYER and UNDER 18’S TOP GOALSCORER. But he had to concede the YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR title to MICHAEL WILSON, who became a first team fixture for much of the campaign.
BRADLEY PETERS received the UNDER 21’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR Award, whilst CHARLIE WELLER was acclaimed the UNDER 18’S SPONSORS PLAYER and CHANDLER O’DWYER gained the nomination for UNDER 18’S MANAGER’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR.
STEVE WHITE was a popular choice for THE TOM GORRINGE MEMORIAL AWARD annually presented to the CLUB MEMBER OF THE YEAR, whilst Secretary LORRAINE BONNER also received hearty applause when she picked up THE BOBBY NASH AWARD chosen by the Chairman Paul Faili.
The evening closed with LIFE MEMBERSHIP salvers presented to an astonished PAUL FAILI and PAUL COLEMAN, a man who epitomises the work ethic and humour within the club.
Photos of our winners receiving their awards here
Updated 19:37 - 12 Aug 2017 by Mark Beard