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Shrimpers Trust Player Of The Year 2012/13 - 23rd April 2013

Report by Rob Craven, Pictures by Richard Smith
Sean Clohessey, Ryan Cresswell, Kevan Hurst and Jack Payne were the winners at the 2012/13 Shrimpers Trust End of Season Awards night, held in the Shrimpers Bar at Roots Hall on Tuesday 23rd April.
 

Defender Clohessey held off competition from second-placed Cresswell and Gavin Tomlin, in third, to claim the main prize, the Shrimpers Trust Player of the Year Award for 2012/13, with Hurst and Barry Corr also among the five nominees. The award is voted for by members of the Shrimpers Trust, and was claimed by the former Gillingham and Salisbury City right-back for the second season in succession.

“It’s a good feeling to win this award again - I’m might win the club one, too, at the weekend!” Clohessey quipped. “Thanks to all the fans who voted for me. Obviously the highlight of the season was getting to Wembley, but we wanted to get promoted, so it was disappointing that we didn’t. Next season that’s what we want to do.”
 

Also doubling-up was second-year scholar Jack Payne. The diminutive playmaker took home the Tom Grace Memorial Shield for the Southend United FC/Shrimpers Trust Youth Team Player of the Year after heading the goalscoring charts for the Under-18 side this term. Payne has been injured for the final month of the campaign, but his outstanding performances during the early part of the season meant that he beat Mitchell Pinnock and Ted Smith to the shield, which he also won in 2011/12.
 

Tom was an avid Southend United supporter and a junior member of the Shrimpers Trust. He sadly passed away at the age of just 15 in July 2007, and it was decided to rename the Youth Team Player of the Year award in his honour. Tom’s brother, Nick, was on hand to make the presentation. Afterwards, Blues’ Head of Youth, Ricky Duncan, explained: “It’s a players’ vote, and although Jack’s been injured at the back end of the season, this just shows you what he did at the front end. Hopefully he’ll be fit soon and will get a chance to show what he can do.”
 

“Getting players through the system to be offered professional or development contracts is what we’re here for; it’s what all the staff at the club work for. Next season is already looking really good, and a lot of the new scholars have played for the Under-18s already. Speaking to Luke Hobbs, we’ve got some good talent for the next four or five years as well.”
 

The Southend Junior Shrimpers Player of the Year Award was claimed by Cresswell in his first season with the club. The ex-Rotherham United centre-back received the award from lucky SJS member George Huckfield, who was chosen at random from the entries made by our Under-16 members.
 

Midfielder Hurst had two of the three nominations for the Martin Cranmer Goal of the Season Award. His outstanding strikes against Brentford in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in December and against Rotherham in npower League Two in March sandwiched Ben Reeves’ last-ditch JPT effort against Leyton Orient, the goal that sent Southend United to Wembley for a national cup final foe the first time in the club’s history. It was Hurst’s effort against Brentford that scooped the prize, which was presented by Martin’s widow, Zoe.
 

The award is named in memory of Martin Cranmer, who sadly passed away at the age of 40 just before the 2010/11 season. A lifelong supporter of Southend United, he was one of the founder members of the Southend United Independent Supporters Club and was a Life Member of the Shrimpers Trust. He travelled all over the country to support the Blues.
 

At the end of the night, assistant manager Graham Coughlan said a few words to the Trust members in attendance: “I’m filling in for the gaffer tonight, but I’m sure that both Paul Sturrock and Phil Brown would’ve liked to have thanked the supporters. The essence of football is winning, so it’s a shame this is not a promotion party. I’d like to congratulate all the winners, the youngsters and the older ones. You fans are dedicated and loyal to the cause, and hopefully we can bow out with a win on Saturday.”
 

Also recognised were the Shrimpers Trust’s top travellers. Eight supporters have trekked the complete 9,010 miles following the first-team to every away match on the Trust coaches this season. Tom Brooks, Brian & John Illsley, Gaye Overall, Darren Posnack, Warren Sadler and Terry & Nicola Slater will all receive an award to recognise their commitment at a later date. Mia Moss-Bowler, who has clocked up 3,236 miles, is our top Junior traveller, and she will also receive an award later in the year. The Trust committee would like to thank Clare Brooks for her sterling work in organising the Away Travel this season, and also all those who helped out on the JPT Final trip.
 

During the evening there was a raffle and also an auction, with the latter raising £350. Warren Sadler successfully bid £200 for a signed JPT Final matchball, whilst Paul Lucas went home with a signed, framed and authenticated Freddy Eastwood picture after dishing out £150. Warren and Paul’s efforts in raising money for the Trust are greatly appreciated.
 

The Shrimpers Trust would like to thank Graham Coughlan, the first-team squad, Ricky Duncan and the youth team squad, plus the backroom staff, for attending the evening, and all the members for coming to support the event. We’d also like to extend our gratitude to Scott Wallace for putting together the footage used, Scott Barber for filming the evening, Richard Smith for taking the photographs and all the committee members who helped set up.
 
Further pictures from the Awards Evening can be found on the Trust's Facebook page by clicking here.
For Video Highlights of the Evening click here.

 

  
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