It turned out to be a double celebration for popular midfielder Redmond Cockburn last Saturday at Percy Main Amateurs’ annual presentation evening.
He who scooped both the players’ player and overall player of the year awards in his second season at the club.
Club president Ronnie Robinson was on hand to present the awards to the recipients at a well attended event held in Percy Main Cricket Club.
Cockburn had signed for the Villagers during the 2012-13 season on a transfer from fellow Northern Alliance side Blyth Town, and he soon established himself as a regular fixture in the team, either at the heart of defence but more commonly in the side’s engine room, going on to captain the side during the latter part of the season just gone.
Attacking midfielder Ryan McKee, who scored arguably the goal of the season for his side at Killingworth in April and showed great potential in his first season in senior football, won the young player of the year accolade.
Chris Laidlaw, a close-season signing a year ago, was presented with the manager’s player award as just reward for his consistent performances during the course of the season, and his effort and commitment to the club.
There was a long service award for club treasurer Bob Rodgerson, who played for The Main during their last Northern Alliance premier division championship winning side at the end of the 1981-82 season, returning as manager in 1993, where ever since his many and often unseen efforts behind the scenes in just about every capacity at the club, which helped to sustain football at Purvis Park over the years, were justly recognised.
Further unsung hero awards saw Julie Laws presented with a floral tribute for her unstinting work behind the scenes, and Pat McHugh was commended for his sterling efforts over the course of the year at Purvis Park.
Danny Nelson was introduced to the players and committee and he will join forces with Richard Nugent as the new management team in time for the new season, replacing Chris Hunter, who has decided to step aside.
Percy Main thanked Hunter for his efforts during the last campaign and wished him well for the future.
The club’s relegation to the Northern Alliance’s middle tier was confirmed at the league’s AGM and Percy Main will look to bounce back as a new and stronger outfit.
Pre-season training will commence on Saturday, June 21, while the new season will kick-off on August 9.