Percy Main preparing for end of year celebrations

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PERCY Main Amateurs will host their annual end of season presentation night for their men’s and ladies’ teams on Saturday in the 100 pub in Church Way, North Shields.

The awards will be preceded by a race night, which will start at 7pm – all supporters are welcome to attend and a buffet will be provided.

Up for grabs will be the Young Player of the Year, Player of the Year, Manager’s Player, Players’ Player and the Clubman award.

Percy Main AFC Ladies – who finished their campaign third in the Northumberland Women’s County League, having scored 120 goals from their 28 league games – will present the Top Goalscorer, Breakthrough Player, Player of the Year and Young Player awards.

Since taking over team affairs at the end of September 2011, team manager Gareth Allen, faced with the immediate departure of previous incumbent Jason Ritchie and a host of key players at the same time, moved to bring in the experienced Grant Crookes as his assistant.

Following a few disappointing results towards the end of 2011, The Main rallied and recorded eight wins, two draws and only three defeats since the turn of the year, which culminated in an impressive three-game winning run at the end of the season.

Allen does not let the grass grow under his feet and following talks is set to bring in a number of new players during the close season and has promised a tough pre-season training regime commencing June 23, with friendly games against Northern League opposition including West Auckland, Newton Aycliffe and North Shields in the Gary Hull Memorial Trophy on August 4.

Off the pitch things have also been looking up for the club and 25-year-old Peter Bainbridge has been appointed as the new club chairman.

An enthusiastic individual who initially was attracted to the club as a supporter, will certainly be one of the youngest if not the youngest chairman of a club in the Northern Alliance.

The committee of Percy Main have been working hard to raise the necessary funds to completely replace the roof on the 42-year-old pavilion at its Purvis Park ground and the club are delighted to announce that the target has finally been achieved and work is currently in progress.

LR Roofing has been awarded the contract and the work is expected to take around two weeks. The firm has also agreed to sponsor the club for the coming 2012-13 season.

Percy Main Amateurs thanked all its sponsors, supporters and players who have rallied to the cause to have made this essential work possible.

This is to be the first phase of what will eventually be a complete refurbishment of the building; more news and updates will be released in due course in the local media and on the club’s website www.percymainafc.co.uk