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Friday 31st May saw Bude FC’s annual senior awards presentation night held in the clubhouse at Broadclose Park.

The 2018/19 season was a relatively positive one with a number of achievements for numerous teams across the board. Both the ladies and veterans reached their respective county cup finals and despite coming runners up, did the club proud in their tenacity and attitudes. The reserves had a fantastic season, losing only 1 game and coming runners up in their league meaning promotion for the 2019/20 season. The upcoming season looks to be an exciting one as we introduce the U’16s into adult football becoming the club’s 3rd team as well as the 1st team playing in the newly formed St. Piran’s League.

The awards started with Supporter of the Year which went to Spencer Lee for his support to all teams throughout the season as well as his contributions to last summer’s World Cup and other events. A commendable commitment to the club.

This years U’21 Most Promising Player went to James Richardson who has shown great promise so far. We hope to see more from him.

Veterans Player of the Year went to Lee James, rewarded for his good attitude and commitment throughout the season.

Ladies Manager Richard Pinkus then led the accolades for the ladies team with the following awards being given:

Manager’s Player = Tidge

Player’s Player = Lisa Cornish

Most improved = Anna Cleave

A special shoutout of recognition was also given to Claire Gifford and Jo Timmins, who are the ‘veteran’ players of the team but had a fantastic commitment to games and training throughout.

Ian Adams took the reins for his 2nd team awards, commending them all on their brilliant effort this season.

Manager’s Player = Steve Box

Player’s Player = Dave Hales.

Josh Allen awarded the 1st team squad with:

Manager’s Player = Gary Dinshaw

Player’s Player = Wesley Pugh

Goal of the Season = Harry Hopcroft

Mark Slade’s U’16s were invited to the awards to be handed over both the County Luke Cup and the North Devon League Knockout trophy. A promising squad of players coming through as the future of Bude FC.

Club Player of the Season went to Courtney Ward for her overall commitment to the club in training, playing, consistency and attitude.

The final award of the night went to Bradley Hopgood as Club Person of the Season. His passion for the club is highly commendable, whether it’s the running of a team or the organisation of jobs that need to be done for the benefit of the club (Basically he’s just a top delegator!) A brilliant attitude deserving of this award.

A big thank you must be given to everyone for their efforts throughout the season. Nothing would happen at this club without those behind the scenes including Julie Gray doing the accounts, Esme for washing the kit (still!), Ian and Helen for all they do at the club (which is a lot!) and all of those that have given us their time and efforts for repair jobs, the break in, canteen etc. Recognition was given to Nancy Reilly as outgoing Youth Secretary, Gemma Adams as outgoing youth treasurer and Ollie Smith for doing the gate for all these years.

Secretary Richard Pinkus is leaving his role after 18 years (although let’s be honest, he won’t be going far!). There aren’t many like him with the kind of commitment and time he gives to the club, every team, every player. He was given a special gift from the club for everything he has done and continues to do. He truly is Mr. Bude FC.

Thank you to everyone who has come up and supported the club, it’s teams and players and especially after our break in. We look forward to the upcoming season!

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