PAUL DUNN has been crowned North Shields Player of the Year.
A strong defender, good in the air and on the floor, Dunn signed for the Robins in September and scored the winner on his debut at Team Northumbria.
He went on to net five times, playing in the centre or left of defence, sometimes pushed further forward in a midfield role.
Having represented Newcastle United, Bedlington and Morpeth, Dunn joined the Shieldsmen from Ashington, making an immediate impression and went on to skipper the side on a number of occasions.
Fellow defender Kevin Hughes gained the votes of his team-mates and his consistently solid displays at right or centre back earned him the Players’ Player award.
Young front runner Dean Holmes was another to score on his Shields debut – after coming on as a substitute against Easington – and won the supporters’ vote whilst also sharing the Golden Boot with holder Keith Douglas.
Clubman of the Year was merited by Anthony Woodhouse, popular player/manager for the last three and a half seasons before stepping down in April.
Salvers were presented to six Shields players who have now made more than 100 appearances for the club – Michael Robinson (138), Andy Hay (126), James Luccock (117), Robbie Livermore (110), Mark Rasmussen (106) and Paul Watson (102).
Kevin Hughes (44) turned out the most times this season followed by: Paul Dunn (36), Michael Robinson (36), Danny Bowlt (35), Keith Douglas (35), Danny Patterson (33), Mark rasmussen (30), Andy Hay (28), Paul Watson (27), James Luccock (26), John Grey (26), Dean Holmes (25) and James Harmison (23).
The Shieldsmen’s top scorers during season 2011-12 were Dean Holmes (16), Keith Douglas (16) and Andy Hay (10).
During the season the Shieldsmen extended their magnificent unbeaten and record breaking sequence on their travels to 25 matches, the Robins went nap against Ryton and Crawcrook Albion twice and also versus Darlington RA and, after Scott Blandford’s dramatic 96th minute header against Thornaby at home, Woodhouse’s lads were up to second in the table at the turn of the year.
Following an enforced lay-off through the weather Shields’ form dipped and they closed the campaign in eighth position.
Along the way keeper Michael Robinson scored his third goal for the club at Morpeth and was the hero in an electrifying penalty shoot-out victory over Darlington RA as Shields also saw off Brandon United and Newcastle Benfield in the Northern League Cup.
After signing off the campaign with a 6-0 rout of Thornaby, the Robins now can’t wait for August to come around with new manager Graham Fenton and assistant Andy Bowman in charge.