Whitley Bay bags a treble

Lynn Bone
Lynn Bone

Whitley Bay Football Club were among the major award winners at the Northern League dinner and presentation night at the Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham last Friday.

In addition to receiving £1,000 prize money for finishing in third place in the League, Whitley received three further awards.

Midfielder James Fairley, 20, was named Young Player of the Year and was awarded the Bob Moreland Trophy.

In his first season at Hillheads, James has made a big impression, making a total of 54 appearances and scoring 12 goals, with his spectacular solo effort against Hebburn recently being voted goal of the season by Bay fans.

This is the fourth time in eight years that a Whitley player has won the League’s Young Player of the Year award, with goalkeeper Kyle Hayes taking the honours last year while Lee Kerr has won the trophy on two occasions.

In the voting for Northern League Player of the Year, Paul Chow took third place.

Paul scored 46 goals last season including his 200th for the club, an outstanding achievement. He has an excellent record in this category, having twice won the Player of the Year award.

Club stalwart Lynn Bone, pictured, a Bay fan for 60 years, received the Unsung Hero award in recognition of a lifetime of voluntary work for the club.

Lynn is currently the Supporters Club chairman and club historian as well as gateman at Whitley’s home games.

He is also a regular contributor to the club’s matchday programme and organises the annual reunion night for former players. Among his many previous roles he was the programme editor. Lynn’s family have a strong association with the club and his son Chris was a midfielder in the first team a few years ago.