There was a triple success for Percy Main Amateurs’ Chris Laidlaw at the club’s annual presentation evening on Saturday night.
Laidlaw picked up the players’ player, manager’s player and Norman Rodgerson supporters’ player of the year awards at the end of his third season at the club.
Formerly with Cramlington Town and Cullercoats, front runner Laidlaw, who has a total of 90 Main appearances to his name and enjoyed his best spell since he signed, finished as top scorer at the club with 13 goals and weighed in with another ten assists, having played consistently well during the course of the season.
Jack Armstrong, the youngest in the side for much of the campaign and a new acquisition last summer, was presented with the Young Player of the Year following a series of tenacious displays in midfield.
He has proved himself more than able to cut it at the Northern Alliance premier division level the side are playing, while also showing great promise for the future.
Redmond Cockburn, who joined Percy Main on a transfer from Blyth Town during September 2012, was named as the overall Player of the Year for the second time, following his success at the end of the 2013-14 season.
Another ‘Mr Consistent’, having displayed great commitment to the club both on and off the pitch and a superb attitude, not to mention his own footballing prowess.
Sadly club president Ronnie Robinson was unable to attend the presentation night, held at Percy Main Cricket Club, due to ill health, and it was left to chairman Peter Bainbridge to present the awards.
Bainbridge bestowed credit on Richard Nugent’s management team and the players themselves who had rallied to turn their season around after a difficult early start to the campaign.
And there were awards for Julie Laws and Pat McHugh for their sterling, vital and often unseen work behind the scenes.
There was also praise for Rob Watson, a player who had given up much of his time to help out at Purvis Park during the normal raft of end of season cup finals.
During his speech, Nugent thanked his coaching staff of Danny Nelson and Dave Addison and praised the duo as being the real reason behind the team’s resurgence and potential.
Also the squad, whose never say die efforts throughout the season had undoubtedly turned things around, giving much promise for the short and long term future at the club, and he praised the committee as being the best in the league.
Perhaps the most poignant moment of the evening was when Bainbridge explained that the long running Clubman of The Year Award was to be retired.
The accolade, won so often by people who had worked hard in a variety of ways over the years to maintain and progress football at Purvis Park, was last won posthumously and fittingly a year ago in the memory of the late Norman Rodgerson, who had sadly died in November 2014, and his name will stay forever as the last to be etched on the impressive shield.
Percy Main will start pre-season training on Saturday, June 25, and a number of friendlies including games at Wallsend Labour Club and Ponteland United have already been confirmed.
Further details are on the club’s website at www.pitchero.com/clubs/percymainamateursfc