So it is that time of year again! The time of the year that we reflect on the season that has just been. Here at Severn Sport we have had a wonderful season, our chief in command Matt Yates married his lovely wife, Mrs Severn Sport. This left the reigns in the capable (and fairly sweaty) hands of Ryan and Kelsey and we have expanded Severn Sport to a standard where we deliver the best in local coverage as possible. Next season will be bigger, next season will be better, next season is next season!
The focus is still firmly on the season that is just coming to an end. Tomorrow sees Forest Green Rovers compete in the National League play-off final once again in their quest to find Football League football. Even if they aren’t successful it has been a year of ups and downs for our counties teams and tomorrow night at 6pm we will be bringing you in full the list of nominations and winners in the 2017 Severn Sport End of Season Awards.
What we thought we would do today to give you a preview and a taste of what is to come we are delighted to announce the three nominations for the first ever, Severn Sport Local Hero award. This award is to showcase and reward those associated with one of our county’s clubs that represents both the club and county to the best of their ability. The outstanding individual(s) will be honoured by us here at Severn Sport as a thank you to everything they do for football in the county. In fact, all three nominations should be commended for the unbelievable work and support they bring to their clubs and for that we thank them. We will be announcing the winner tomorrow but we can exclusively reveal that the nominees are:
Barry Gaye – Chairman of Slimbridge AFC
Barry has been nominated based on the achievements of the club on the field as well as the achievements he has overseen at his club this season. Slimbridge stayed up this year in the Evostik League South & West after a tough campaign. There has been managerial casualties and a big rebuilding job for the Swans and Barry has commanded his troops with the gentlemanly conduct that we witnessed first hand when we took a trip to Thornhill Park for Slimbridge vs Hereford. A monstrous crowd yet the club handled the day like it was the weekly average attendance. At Severn Sport we have a lot of love for Slimbridge so Barry was an easy nomination!
Charlie Hughes – Announcer & Trust Board Member at Gloucester City AFC
A bit of a left field nomination here but Charlie Hughes has stepped up this year in his position as match day announcer for Gloucester City. His passion and enthusiasm has helped City host some entertaining fixtures in their final season at Whaddon Road and Charlie has received positive reviews from both home and away supporters for his announcing.
Away from the announcers box he is an active member of the Gloucester City supporters’ trust, who like always, seem to be at the thick of it during the season whilst the on-going stadium problems the club has. Charlie doesn’t shy away and represents the club well. He is also out performing most of us in the Severn Tipster League after he helped make the Tipster League for the Grand National one to remember.
Gloucester City AFC Supporters
Now what can we say about City fans? They are the most passionate, patient yet determined group of people I have ever come across. The City fans are now split into two groups. Group 1 is made up of the fans like in the above picture who go week in, week out. Those who no matter what follow arguably the best Gloucester City squad the Tigers have ever had. They follow the side across the length and breadth of the country dressed as Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse and Boy George no less! Group 2 is made up of the fans who still feel that passion but are so exasperated by what is happening with their club off the field that they now ask “is it worth it?” No matter which group you belong to, you are part of a Gloucester City who have achieved so much on the field since I started following Gloucester City through Severn Sport in 2011. Every single City fan puts up with the off the field antics, they put up with being in the National League North despite being more southern than some in the National League South. They raise money for a club on shoestring budget and most importantly they put up with an embarrassing Twitter account! A worthy nomination.
And there we have it. Three nominations that are shortlisted for very different reasons but are none more as important to our county’s football than the rest. Three worthy nominees for the inaugural Severn Sport Local Hero award. Find out who wins this award and all of the others tomorrow night at 6pm when the Severn Sport End of Season Awards goes live on the website.
Once again, thank you to everyone for a fantastic season for us here at Severn Sport. Its just the beginning!