Defender Reid wins three awards at Whitley Bay presentation night

Barry Hindson from BBC Newcastle with Whitley Bay defender Chris Reid.
Barry Hindson from BBC Newcastle with Whitley Bay defender Chris Reid.

Chris Reid picked up three of the top awards at Whitley Bay Football Club’s annual presentation night held in the Seahorse clubhouse on Saturday evening.

The central defender, who also chipped in with 11 goals last season including six during April, was named player of the year, players’ player of the year and supporters’ player of the year.

It was also a highly successful evening for 18-year-old Alex Kempster, who was voted young player of the year.

He then received the newly introduced manager’s player of the year award.

In making the presentation, boss Leon Ryan praised Kempster for the tremendous progress he had made during the season, having broken through from the reserves in the autumn to establish himself as a key member of the side and earn a two-year contract at the club.

Paul Chow once again won the Brian Oakley award for the leading scorer with 44 goals, and he was also presented with a special award for reaching 250 goals for the club, a milestone he passed in the final league game of the season.

He is now just 56 short of Whitley’s leading goalscorer of all time, the legendary Billy Wright, whose tally of 307 has stood since the 1970s.

Goal of the season, voted by the club’s supporters, went to Brad Brooking for his superb strike in the 5-0 victory away to Dunston UTS. Remarkably it was his only goal of the season.

Special guest Barry Hindson from BBC Newcastle said it was encouraging to see the progress the club had made during the final third of the season and congratulated the new management team who had already made a big impact.

He added that with several exciting young players in the side “the future looks bright for Whitley Bay”.

The previous evening, Whitley Bay were among the awards at the Northern League’s annual presentation night, taking third place in the league’s acclaimed ‘Secret Shopper’ awards for discipline on and off the field, and winning top marks in the club administration section.