6 June 2014
End of Season Do and Awards 2014
Village Manchester held their annual End of the Season Do on 6 June and the evening provided unique results as there were two double award winners.
James Hardern won both Manager’s Player and Players' Player of the season for the first team whilst Steven Holmes won both awards for the second team.
Hardern, who plays in defence, has become an important player for the club and his confident, no-nonsense approach – in addition to his adaptability and willingness to put his body on the line for the club – means that he is a deserved winner of both awards.
Striker Holmes has had a fantastic season. His energy, strength and willingness to run (no matter how many times he gets kicked!) has troubled many a defence this season and has meant that he has had a prolific season in front of goal. His love of football and desire to see the club progress has meant that he is the club’s joint top appearance maker this season and he was an easy choice to win awards.
The club also presented the Outstanding Contribution award – and the winner was an almost unanimous choice with Steve Joyce walking away with the accolade. Joyce, who is one of the club’s Communication Officers and the club’s official photographer, has made a huge difference to the club since he has joined. He created the club’s website from scratch, updates social media and has been integral in keeping the club moving forward over the past 12 months. His tireless work, wonderful pictures and support from the sidelines has – despite his total lack of footballing knowledge! – seen him become a significant and well respected figure in the club.
The evening, which took place in Villagio on Canal Street, saw the committee give a presentation to players, partners and supporters about next year’s trips abroad and it also witnessed the club’s unique take on Have I Got News For You.
The club would like to thank everyone who made the evening possible - James Toland for organising the evening, Steve Joyce and Jay McNaught for their work on the presentations and videos, Matt Hall and Antony Lockley for presenting, Jeremy Baker and Andy Bates for sorting the awards and John Bridges for being…well John Bridges!
Most of all we would like to thank the players and supporters. Their desire and support throughout the season is what makes the club what it is. So thank you for a great 2013/2014 and here is to a stunning 2014/2015!
Steven Holmes, James Hardern, Steve Joyce