In my last blog of the season I would first like to congratulate all the Spennymoor Town Academy Managers and coaches for their efforts throughout the season it is a very hard and demanding job and you all deserve tremendous recognition. I would like to pay tribute in particular to Paul Cooper and David Ross from the U17s who had a fantastic season winning the league and cup double and also providing some very exciting talent that have played a part in the 1st teams successes this season and also Dan Newall and Chris Lownds for an excellent season with the U16s who came 2nd, losing 1 game all season.
When we reflect on the season as a whole I think we can all look back with enormous pride and satisfaction on what we have achieved both on and off the field. Records have been broken, Crowds are going up, the ground is improving all the time and most importantly with the success of the Vase it makes life easier for the directors to generate sponsorship and make the club a force to be reckoned with in the coming years. The success the team has had would not have happened without the dedication and hard work of The Chairman, Board, Committee, Bar Staff, Steve Lawson, Leitchy, Kenny and Reg, all the other volunteers and especially the tremendous supporters who have backed us throughout the season.
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The amount of games and length of the season has been a real test both physically and mentally on the players and to achieve what they have is great credit not only to their undoubted quality as footballers but there desire to win things. We have had some remarkable games that spring to my mind and i will share just a few that stick out for me.
Bedlington away when we scored 6 was probably the best football we played all season with some outstanding individual performances topped off with brilliant finishing.
Bridlington Town away was a real tough opening game in the vase and we were simply unplayable in the 1st half and really sent out a message to the teams in that competition, I felt that game gave the players the belief that it could be our year in the vase.
Darlington at home – obviously we were disappointed with the result after playing ever so well 1st half but seeing the ground filled to capacity was a great sight and a record crowd watched the game.
Guernsey away – To fly to an away game at this level of football is virtually unheard of and to play a team of the quality of Guernsey in front of 4500 supporters and dominate throughout was a real highlight of the season it was a very professional and excellent all round team performance.
Guernsey home – after the brilliant away display the worry for me was that players and supporters already thought we were at Wembley and the unusual KO time of 5.30pm to allow for live broadcast back to Guernsey meant another special night at the Brewery field. It wasn’t the greatest spectacle but when Stevo scored the decisive goal the dream was achieved.
Tunbridge Wells – what an occasion to take 5000 Spennymoor supporters to a sun drenched Wembley stadium and win the vase was a dream come true for us all and to top it off with a civic reception and see so many thousands of people waiting for us at the town hall will live long in my memory and to achieve it with this group of players and be the 1st Spennymoor team to get to Wembley made it even more special.
A massive part of our achievements this season is down to my backroom staff, Gav, Glen, Andy and Baz who have been instrumental throughout, we have been together in the good times and bad throughout the season when people have doubted us and come back stronger and more determined as a group. They deserve every credit on an outstanding season and if it wasn’t for them we would not have had half the success we have enjoyed. I would also ilike to thank Ash who has assisted Andy and been part of our family for most of the season and to Scotty who has stepped in to Physio when Andy has been away.
Finally it goes without saying that when a season ends players will inevitably leave the club and we thank them for all their efforts throughout their time at Spennymoor, each and every one of them has played their part in the team’s progression over recent seasons and we really do appreciate it and wish them every success in the future.
Lawsey, Speedy and Deano were all offered new deals before the away game in Guernsey but declined the offer that was put to them, the chairman met with them again the week before the Vase Fianl and the players still wanted to keep their options open until the end of the season which was their prerogative. After our victory against Benfield in the league cup we felt as a club that we would withdraw the offers that were on the table and let them move on enabling them to get sorted out quickly. A real bonus is the fact that we have managed to tie down Titch, Leon, Lewis, Mase, Peaks and Rudds this is fantastic news for the club and hopefully they will reproduce the form they have shown since they have been at the club in the next 2 seasons.
All the very best,