Last night Darlaston Town held their annual presentation evening at their Paycare Ground home, to celebrate their record-breaking season.
The evening was well supported by not only players, but a whole cross section of the club, Directors, committee members, volunteers, supporter’s youth team officials and players and Darlaston’s new addition the ladies’ team.
The evening was tinged with sadness as the club said goodbye to a player and a member of the management team.
After chairman Neil Chambers opened the proceedings with some well-earned praise for the team’s performances and new records set, it was down to the management duo of Parkes and Moore to dish out the awards.
Despite Mooro missing his best friend (the black book), he ran through the seasons highlights and lows from the managements view and the catalysts that sent the team on the long 20 game run that has seen the team at the top end of the Division.
Nine trophies were presented for this seasons achievements and their winners are as follows
Top Goal Scorer
Leon Taylor with 35 Goals, Which Also Made Him the League’s Top-Scorer
Leon Taylor 12 Assists
Supporters Player of the Season
Club Committees Player of the Season
Managers Player of the Season
Young Player of the Season
Player of the Season
Players Player of the Season
there were joint winners of this trophy after an equal vote so they both received a trophy each
Luke Charlton and Leon Taylor
Club Person of the Year
Was awarded to Lynne Hale for her hard-fantastic work behind the scenes that no one ever sees and rarely gets appreciated except for those that know how much she does every week to make sure the club runs as smoothly as it does. Lynne you are an absolute diamond
The management duo also thanked their wives, for putting up with all the endless phone conversations and messages they have to deal with and respond too on a daily basis as well as thanking Coz Beech and Lynne Hale again for washing the huge amount of kit after each game, including match day strips, warm up gear, bibs etc
Finally, I mentioned earlier the club said goodbye to two people, the first was our Italian Daniel Bolzon, who after a single season has now found a new job in another part of the country and has to relocate. Daniel has been nothing but an absolute pleasure to have at the club, his commitment and attitude has been exceptional, and he will be a huge miss next season.
Daniel, we wish you the very best for what the future holds thank you for everything you have done for us in your short stay, you will always be welcome.
The second departure was a massive shock, after last season’s success assistant manager Scott Moore was made an “offer he couldn’t refuse” buy a club two steps higher up the National League Structure fulfilling the same role he has done so well this season. Another single seasons work, but the impact he has made is available for all to see compared to last season.
Mooro has so many good traits and I am sure he will be as successful at his new club, as he was at Darlaston, he had such an effect on and off the field Mooro you will be seriously missed, I am sure I speak on everyone’s behalf thank you to you and your family for your time at the club and everything you did to make Darlo a better club, your drive and hunger will serve you well as you continue your journey in the word of non-league football management
A season comes to an end, usually after the presentation evening, but it seems that in one way and another this one may continue on for a short while longer, hopefully not for too long as pre-season training starts in two weeks’ time.
There are two photograph albums of last nights proceedings from club photographer Jayne Cartwright and the clubs apprentice these can be accessed by clicking the following links.
Presentation Evening Photographs Jayne's Album Simon's Album