After a late 4-2 win against Burgess Hill Town to secure the Club’s safety at Step 3, Wingate & Finchley held our annual awards night to commemorate the achievements of the 2018-19 season. Despite a turbulent league season, the Blues created club history in the FA Trophy, reaching the Second Round Proper for the first time. On the night, as he has done for the last three years, goalkeeper Shane Gore dominated proceedings – leaving his seat thrice to collect the Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season and Supporters’ Player of the Season awards at the Maurice Rebak Stadium. Gore’s consistency between the sticks has led to much adulation, making him a firm fan’s favourite at Summers Lane. After making his 250th appearance earlier in the season, the Director’s Player of the Season award was won by Ola Williams – a key part of the Club’s famous treble winning side under Dave Norman. Having featured all across the back line throughout the course of the 2018-19 season, Ola’s longevity at the Club makes him another well-respected member of the dressing room. An impressive 14 goals from centre-back saw skipper, Sean Cronin swoop the Top Goalscorer award for the season. His goals and leadership helped the Blues through a sticky situation and his hat trick at Harlow Town was the club’s first in over a year. At Under 15 level, Joe West won the Manager’s Player of the Year award, Jonathan Spencer was awarded the Player of the Year award by his teammates and Daniel Baxter swooped the Top Goalscorer award. The side, managed by former player Tashan Bradshaw-Brown, were County Cup winners last month – another proud success for the Club’s youth setup. The Under 16’s Manager’s Player of the Year was won by Jornael Appiah, with Fin Conway nominated as Player of the Year by his fellow players – and Dan Affutunartey securing the Top Goalscorer award despite missing a portion of the season through injury. Congratulations to all the young men, who can take inspiration from the number of local boys playing in the first team. Away from the pitch, former-Chairman Peter Rebak was honoured for his decades of service to the club, and was delighted at being offered a Life Vice President role. Finally, Andrew Ward deservedly won the Club Person of the Year award. The groundsman saw a huge increase in fixtures on the pitch including the first team, the FA Youth Cup, Enfield Borough’s matches, Watford’s Under 23 side and four rounds of Watford’s historic FA Youth Cup run – with over 80 matches played on the pitch from July to April. Congratulations, Andy!
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