Fond farewell at club awards

Martyn Henry, Jonathon Hill, Johnny Fisher, Graeme Blain, Calum Dunn and Martin Walsh
Martyn Henry, Jonathon Hill, Johnny Fisher, Graeme Blain, Calum Dunn and Martin Walsh

NEWTON Stewart Football Club held its end of the season and annual awards event on Saturday night in the Arkhouse, Stranraer.

Following an excellent meal, club charirman Andy McClymont remarked on how well the season had gone with the club finishing in a high fifth place in the South of Scotland League as well as being unlucky in the Tweedie Cup Final when they went down by an extra time penalty.

Player/manager Davy Hyslop also congratulated all the players for the excellent work that they had put in over the season which deserved a better ending although to finsh the top team in Wigtownshire was in itself a credit to the way the players had performed.

He was delighted that most of the players were staying with him at Newton Stewart for next season one exception being Martin Walsh who is going to New Zealand. Martin was applauded by those present for all he had given to the club over the years and received various presents mostly of a light-hearted nature.

The manager also paid a special tribute to goalkeeper Harry Fidler who had played extremely well since returning to the club earlier in the season.

Deciding on the end of season awards this year had been one of the hardest ever as everybody had done so well thoughout the season. Mr McClymont presented all the players with a trophy as a memento of the season before the award winners were revealed.

Top scorer was Calum Dunn with 20 goals. Players’ Player of the Year award went to Graeme Blain who also won the Manager’s Player of the Year. Young Player of the Year was Jonathon Hill and Most Improved award went to Martyn Henry with Johnny Fisher receiving the Committee Player of the Year accolade.

Martin Walsh was presented with a tongue-in-cheek ‘Super Hero’ trophy for being the best overseas player as he heads of to New Zealand.