Football club’s annual presentation evening

Garstang FC clubman of the season was club physio Nigal Pallett, who was presented with his award by chairman Adrian Wilding
Garstang FC clubman of the season was club physio Nigal Pallett, who was presented with his award by chairman Adrian Wilding

Garstang Football Club hosted their annual presentation evening at Garstang Golf Club.

The event was very well attended by players, sponsors, committee, friends and family, and it turned out to be a hugely enjoyable night.

Entertaining speeches were made by chairman Adrian Wilding and managers Iain Swan, Paul Bailey and Alex Spence, with the theme being how much the club had come together in the last 12 months, and how well things had progressed, both on and off the field.

Of course, the club will never forget the tragic loss of one of its most loyal and loved players Adam Swanwick, and two of his mates, players Paul Southward and Joe Miller, got up to tell touching and amusing stories of their footballing mishaps with Adam.

Adam’s mum Winnie, along with several other family members, were also in attendance, and Winnie presented The Adam Swanwick Memorial Trophy for the second team manager’s award to Andy Taylor Jnr, with the original trophy which was won by Adam last year being retired.

The first team members were presented with their league runners-up medals and Julie and Tracy were thanked for their catering at the home games

Finally, many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the club’s progress this year, not least Les Taylor, who organised yet another successful event, and works tirelessly through the year to keep the club moving forward.

Individual award winners:

First team manager’s – Conor Crossley, second team manager’s – Andy Taylor Jnr, youth team manager’s – Andre Dallas, first team players’ – Matthew Poole, second team players’ – Tom Graham, youth team players’ – Alex Swales, first team supporters’ – Chris Squirrel, second team supporters’ – Dan Curwen, youth team most improved – Joe Collinson, first team golden boot – Matthew Poole, second team golden boot – Tom Graham, youth team golden boot – Rory Mower, young player of the year – Dan Curwen and clubman of the year – Nigel Pallet.

l Garstang Football Youth Trials will take place at the Beeches, Garstang on the following dates: Saturday, June 8, 10.30am-12.30pm; Wednesday, June 12, 6.30pm-8pm; Saturday, June 15, 10.30am-12.30pm.

On arrival, report to the manager, Chris Nix or youth development officer, Alex Spence.

For further information, contact Chris on 07800 984535 or e-mail chris-pnix@hotmail.com

The trials will be conducted under the supervision of Chris, who has just qualified as a UEFA “B” licence coach (level 3)

The course was run at St George’s Park, Burton-on-Trent, the new National Football Centre for England.

Those attending the course included academy coaches, performance analysts, ex professional and semi-professional players.

A club spokesman said: “We are delighted for Chris who has worked so hard to achieve this standard of coaching.

“We know that at some point Chris will move on to bigger and better things, and we would wish him well, but both us as a club and Chris, who wants to progress as a coach, can both benefit.”