Rising Stars, Saleh & Bibury striker nominated in End of Season Awards


Rising Stars, their man Ubaid Saleh and Bibury’s prolific striker Jay Griffiths are the latest names nominated in the Severn Sport End of Season Awards.

Every year Severn Sport looks to recognise all of those players, managers, clubs and individuals who make grassroots football in Gloucestershire special!

Yesterday we announced that five Gloucester City Women players were nominated across the categories and today we look at some of those who have achieved at grassroots level!

Rising Stars have been nominated for Team of the Season after a County Cup and Stroud League Cup double – alongside clinching promotion to Division Three of the Stroud League, with their man Ubaid Saleh shortlisted for Grassroots Player of the Season following 14 goals in 16 appearances this term.

Bibury striker, Jay Griffiths, scored 19 goals in 31 games for his new side after joining in the summer and has earned nominations for Signing of the Season, Grassroots Player of the Season and Breakthrough Player of the Season.

Below are the 15 categories and who has been nominated so far:

Signing of the SeasonKarnell Chambers (Tuffley Rovers), George Neill (Slimbridge); Mel Hoad (Longlevens Ladies); Leah Whiffen (AEK Boco Ladies); Josh Roney (Hartpury University); Harry Emmett (Gloucester City); Jay Griffiths (Bibury)
Game of the Season
Manager of the SeasonMatthew Driscoll (Cinderford Town); Dan Ray & Karen Messenger (Cirencester Town Ladies); Neil Mustoe (Tuffley Rovers); Abi Nicholas (AEK Boco Ladies); Martin Longworth (Hartpury University)
Team of the SeasonAvonmouth; Cirencester Town Ladies; Longlevens Ladies: AEK Boco Ladies; Hartpury University; Rising Stars
Breakthrough Player of the Season
Connor Walters (Tuffley Rovers), Erin Read (AEK Boco Ladies); Toby Holland (Bishops Cleeve); Callum McGuirk (Tuffley Rovers); Jack Smith (Slimbridge); Harry Burns (Cirencester Town); Harry Emmett (Gloucester City); Jay Griffiths (Bibury)
Severn Sport Live Player of the Season
Match Official of the Season
Ian Butler
Kinetic Goalkeeping Goalkeeper of the Season
Stephen Sarkodie (Hartpury University); Lewis Clayton (Bishops Cleeve); Leah Whiffen (AEK Boco Ladies); Ashli Whitbury (Gloucester City Women)
John Ashplant Local Hero Award
Best Social Media Account
Jamie Hyett Award (U18s Player of the Season)
Alex Knight (Longlevens U18s), Erin Read (AEK Boco Ladies); Scarlett Boyce (Cirencester Town Ladies); Riley McGregor (Hartpury University); Liberty Ross (Gloucester City Women)
Severn Sport Future Star
Men’s Player of the Season – Ethan Dunbar (Bishops Cleeve); George Neill (Slimbridge); Toby Holland (Bishops Cleeve); Karnell Chambers (Tuffley Rovers); King Baidoo (Hartpury University); Ben Baxter (Hartpury University)
Women’s Player of the SeasonJess Titcomb (AEK Boco Ladies); Jodie Bailey (Cirencester Town Ladies); Lucy Scrannage (Cirencester Town Ladies), Libby Messenger (Cirencester Town Ladies); Lorraine Smith (Longlevens Ladies); Olivia Kosylowicz (Longlevens Ladies); Aimee Clark (AEK Boco Ladies); Zoe Gabb (Gloucester City Women Devs)
Grassroots Player of the Season – Meg Sterry (Gloucester City Women Development); Lucy Dannatt (Longlevens Ladies); Millie Lacey (AEK Boco Ladies); Mirry Smith (Gloucester City Women Development); Kate Ambrey (Gloucester City Women); Ubaid Saleh (Rising Stars); Jay Griffiths (Bibury)

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Speaking about the latest nominees to come completely from the public nominations, Butler had this to say:

“Jay Griffiths has had a very good couple of seasons. After scoring 45 goals for Stratton United in Stroud 4 last season, he has joined a newly-promoted Bibury side and scored 19 in 31 – which a lot of strikers would die for!

He is up there in the goalscoring ranks with established strikers at GNSL and higher like Jamie Martin, Andy Maryon and Matty Cairns – so the return is fantastic!

As for Rising Stars, what a community – not just a team! They have been on the rise since registering a Saturday side in the Stroud League.

Winning a County Cup, Stroud League Cup and promotion once again is a great return and they should all rightly be very proud of the season the club has had!

The nomination for Ubaid instantly made him a nominee, someone who is so determined and committed to improving representation in football and performs on the pitch.

Ubaid is a key member of the Rising Stars family and fully deserves the recognition of being shortlisted!”

Check back tomorrow morning when we will be announcing the next batch of nominees in this year’s End of Season Awards!

Cover photo courtesy of Rising Stars FC

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