Well over a week ago I attended the Stoke City End of season awards at the Brittania Stadium and I had the time of my life. A truly great night in great company. I didn’t go for the meal or on a table or even to watch the awards, I went with John Acres from BBC. He asked me to go with BBC Stoke as he was compéring the night and what a good compére he was.
My night began at 5:45pm when John picked me up. I arrived at the Brittania at around 6:05pm.
I wandered around the awards room that was dressed really well by the Stoke City team before seeing the first team squad be introduced onto the stage and I was in awe watching my heroes take onto the stage less than five metres away from me. They’re all shown to their table and that was my cue to leave and go to one of the three media suites available on the night. i met with various other media persons including Martin Spinks from The Sentinel newspaper (http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk) and Simon Humphreys from local radio station Signal 1 (http://www.signal1.co.uk)
Charlie Adam came into the room at about 7:20pm for an interview with Sky Sports, one of my biggest heroes standing literally within touching distance talking about that absolute stunner that he scored against Chelsea. The goal that won him Stoke City Goal of the Season award. Fully deserved.
Around 9:20pm the awards finally kicked off, a little late of course.
Lets take a look at the award winners:
Community Champion – Marc Muniesa
Stoke City Supporters Branch Player of the Season – Jon Walters
Top Goalscorer – Jon Walters and Mame Diouf. The end of the season saw Stoke beat Liverpool 6-1 and Diouf grabbed two goals making him the official final top scorer.
Fan of the Season – Nello (Neil Baldwin)
Goal of the Season – Charlie Adam (of course!)
Young Player of the Season – Oliver Shenton
Players’ Player of the Season – Steven N’Zonzi. Steven unfortunately could not be at the awards on the night.
Special Recognition Award – Thomas Soronsen and my favourite player Andy Wilkinson
Supporters’ Player of the Season – Steven N’Zonzi
Just a quick review of the awards. Marc Muniesa is regularly at local primary schools making an impression on the community meaning that award is completely deserved. Jon Walters works his socks off week in week out and scores a fair amount of goals, another deserved winner with his Supporters Branch Player of the Season. I’ve explained about Jon Walters and Mame Diouf in the battle for supremacy in goalscoring tallies. Diouf wins. Neil Baldwin is an icon around the United Kingdom and if you have never heard of him, Google him or his recent film release title, ‘Marvellous’. Charlie Adam obviously wins Goal of the Season. Stunner. Young Player of the Season Oliver Shenton made his first team debut this season and is well on his way to his first start. A local lad hoping to follow in the footsteps of Andy Wilkinson. Players Player and Supporters Player of the Season, Steven N’Zonzi, has had the season of his life and fully deserved both awards.The end of the season came and I was longing for more from the talented Frenchman. Finally the Special Recognition Award Thomas Soronsen has been a wonderful servant to the Potters and has made great memories for any Potters fan. Andy Wilkinson, has his own article on this blog so check it out, https://dawsonfootball.com/2015/05/21/wilkinson-it-must-be/, I won’t chat to long about him but to sum him up. The loyal, passionate, Stokie blokie has made a lasting impression and will forever be a legend.
What are your thoughts?