The Severn Sport End of Season Awards 2017

Now coming to you live from Severn Sport HQ, in association with our sponsors Dough Ballers it is the 2016/17 Severn Sport End of Season Awards with your host Ryan Butler….

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the third annual Severn Sport End of Season Awards with me Ryan Butler as I run you through the nominations and most importantly the winners of 12 different categories. The categories include both national and local recognition as well three Severn Sport specific awards, they are for the Severn Sport Game of the season, Severn Sport Goal of the season and the first ever Severn Sport Local Hero award. So without further ado, sit back and relax and celebrate the achievements of the 2016/17 football season.

The first award is the Young Player of the Year award. As usual the shortlist is made up of three nominees (1 choice per member of Severn Sport) and a subsequent winner is chosen. So, for the first time today the nominees are…

Ross Barkley (Everton) – After being picked and not played at Euro 2016 Barkley has stepped up this season and at times has been close to his very best.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – He has continued to improve this season and is arguably one of the best talents in English football let alone young talents.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – Creating goals, scoring goals, picking passes, tough tackling. This kid can do it all! One of the reasons Spurs were even in the title race to begin with.

And the winner is…

A deserved win for the Manchester United forward. Hopefully the media don’t ruin him as they have done to some of our former stars….next up, its the Player of the Year award. The nominees are…

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – Without a doubt a World Class talent. Has now overtaken Wayne Rooney as being England’s best player.

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) –
30 league goals in a title winning season for Sheffield United. A journeyman and gentleman of the game. Still as prolific as ever and a quality striker.

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – Two Premier League winners medals in two seasons. Hardworking and energetic attributes make him one of the top players in the country.

And the winner is…

We’ve got Alli, Dele Alli. I just don’t think you understand! Great talent and a bright prospect along with Rashford. What a way to start off this year’s awards. Let’s continue as we mean to go on. Next we have the Manager of the Year award. The nominees are…

Tony Pulis (West Bromich Albion) – How have West Brom been in the top 10 all season? A mad achievement by Pulis and his side.

Rafael Benitez (Newcastle United) – People questioned whether Rafa would get Newcastle back up. On paper it was expected but the Championship is one of the most competitive leagues out there and to win it is a great achievement.

Jaap Stam (Reading) – One of the surprises of the season. At times it looked like Stam wouldn’t last in English football but he has built a solid squad with minimal investment and is now battling in the play-offs. Astounding.

And the winner is…
Jaap Stam has built up a competitive and efficient Reading side and is two games from the Premier League. Bravo. Next it is the Team of the Year. The nominees are…

West Bromich Albion – I repeat from the manager of the year nominations….West Brom are 8th!

Lincoln City – Winners of the National League and an eye-catching FA Cup that culminated in a big day out at the Emirates. Doing non-league football proud!

Newcastle United – Again, they were expected to win the Championship but let’s got forget they did go 5 games without a win at the start of the season and struggled. To win the league from there is a good achievement.

And the winners are…

Now we will turn our attentions to the local awards. We will begin with two back to back awards celebrating the action we have brought to you over the season. The awards are for the Severn Sport Game of the Season and Severn Sport Goal of the season. The winners are…

An incredible match with an amazing atmosphere set up by both sets of fans
A cracking volley from one of Gloucester City’s most important players

You can view the Severn Sport Goal of the Season by Joe Hanks below:

Before we fully dive into our local awards we have a final award to conclude the national awards. This is the Alternative Player of the Year award, an award to highlight the importance and performance of three players who aren’t the headline grabbers yet are the players who keep their team ticking. The nominees for this award are…

Eric Bailly (Manchester United) – Whilst all eyes were on the three players United signed this summer in more attacking positions, Bailly is arguably the best and most important signing out of the lot. A true class act with bags of quality.

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) – Still one of the best holding midfielders in the league but is never truly given the plaudits he deserves.

Jermaine Defoe (Sunderland) – He has scored goals everywhere he goes and even though he is at relegated Sunderland he is the 8th highest scorer in the Premier League this season. Still one of the best around.

And the winner is…

Butler will be delighted…..yes he is! Eric Bailly, what a hero.

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So now we can finally turn our attentions fully onto local football and what a turbulent season for the counties sides. Great seasons for Forest Green, Gloucester City, Evesham United & Mangotsfield United whilst there were tricky and testing seasons for the likes of Cheltenham Town, Cirencester Town, Cinderford Town & Slimbridge. But together as a county Gloucestershire and the west of England are showcasing what they are made of and we are excited for what is to come. And what is to come here is the Local Young Player of the Year award. The nominees are…

Keiran Thomas (Gloucester City) – He is too good to be playing at National League North level. So quick and impressive on and off the ball. Arguably one of the best defenders Gloucester City has ever seen.

Zack Kotwica (Gloucester City) – 13 goals for this winger turned striker. Scores goals, throws a mean step over and he knows how to pick a horse! Not a stranger to Severn Sport and we have seen him play all over the county.

Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) – At 22, Waters has scored the most goals, set up the most goals and contributed the most shots on goal for this Cheltenham side who did all they needed to do to stay up.

And the winner is…

Thomas, who had a trial at Derby County towards the end of the season is destined for big things and we are delighted to add to his Gloucester City Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Year awards. Next up we have the Local Player of the Year award. The nominees are…

Scott Brown (Cheltenham Town) – His presence in between the sticks steadied Cheltenham and was considered by many as the catalyst for the Robins avoiding relegation.

Luke Hopper (Gloucester City) – City had a fantastic season as did their main man up top Luke Hopper. 19 league goals and 1 in the cup saw a 20 goal season for a return. If he sticks around City will be hoping for more of the same.

Lance Smith (Evesham United) – Smith scored a handy 26 goals for Evesham and helped carry United to the play offs. Smith has since signed for Hereford and will no doubt be a huge hit for the Bulls next season.

And the winner is…

Ryan wanted Lance Smith to win this award based on the fact he has the best name ever. Make of that what you will as we move on to our Local Manager of The Year award, and the nominees are…

Tim Harris (Gloucester City) – Gloucester City’s miracle man. An obvious nomination given what he has achieved with the club.

Paul Collicutt (Evesham United) – Taking Evesham to the play offs was a great achievement for the season. Even though they fell short his side will be better off for the experience.

Gary Johnson (Cheltenham Town) – Cheltenham were always going to be up against it and in the jaws of relegation and we said at the start of the season that if Johnson stayed that could be the difference between relegation and survival.

And the winner is…

Throughout the season we saw first hand the effect Harris has on his side, his fans and everyone involved at Gloucester City AFC, by Harris staying City stand a great chance to progress.

And now, the final two awards. The two awards are the first ever, hotly anticipated Severn Sport Local Hero but first, the Local Team of the Year, the nominees are…

Gloucester City AFC – Amassed their highest ever points finish for the 6th tier of English football and did it by playing entertaining football and building an incredible core squad. A great season.

Gloucester City Youth – Like the senior team they are one of the most promising teams in the County. Even at a young age they have professionalism and enthusiasm for the game drummed into them and having been crown County Champions and finishing 2nd in the league the future looks bright for the Tigers.

Slimbridge – Remarkable achievement to stay up in the Southern Division 1 South & West given the strength of the league and the managerial crisis the club suffered during the season. Turned a few heads this season and will look to continue that trend next year.

And the winner is…

Congratulations to the Swans for winning this award for the second time in its history and it is well deserved!

Now, the end is near and so I face the final curtain….sorry, we have come to the finale of this years Severn Sport End of Season Awards and we end with the inaugural Severn Sport Local Hero award. The award given to the person(s) who embody everything we implore here at Severn Sport. They have passion, dedication and put the county’s football in a better place for the efforts they give. We had an in-depth look at the three nominees yesterday but allow me to reintroduce them to you, they are.

Gloucester City Supporters – Despite the trials and tribulations the club suffers off the pitch the fans of Gloucester City follow their team all over the country and are the reason the club still exists! They put up with so much with so little reward.

Barry Gaye – Barry is the chairman of Slimbridge AFC and is one of the most passionate and enthusiastic men we have met at Severn Sport. He has built his club to run the way that allows the fans to have a club to be proud of. Works tirelessly to get Slimbridge to where they are today and to build from here.

Charlie Hughes – The Gloucester City AFC match day announcer and Supporters’ trust board member has entertained us at Whaddon Road this season and has rightly had his fair share of good reviews from travelling fans as well as home ones. He has stepped up with his passion for Gloucester City and has even showed us here at Severn Sport how to pick winning horses, especially in the Grand National.

And we are so delighted and proud to announce that the winner of the first ever Severn Sport Local Hero award is…

Now when we announced the nominees we informed Barry (via his daughter Maryanne) that he had been nominated and informed him he had finished second to see how he would react to just being nominated. His response was full of dignity, class and respect that we have become accustomed to through our encounters with the great man. We look forward to visiting Barry and his fantastic club next season and encourage you all to head down to Thornhill Park for a proper matchday experience with a community feel.

Congratulations to Barry and all of our winners. More of the same next season please!

Thank you for taking the time out to read this years end of season awards. We would like to remind you that in the coming weeks we will be launching the Severn Sport Tipster League Part 3 for Royal Ascot as well as announcing the full schedule for the Severn Sport Pre-season Tour. Have a great summer.

Ryan Butler