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Shrimpers Trust Player of the Year Awards 2018/19 - Monday 29th April 2019

Report by Kay Fogg, Pictures by Graham Whitby-Boot

On Monday, 29th April, the Shrimpers Trust held their annual End of Season Awards Night in the Shrimpers Bar at Roots Hall. Despite what has been happening on the pitch, over 60 Shrimpers Trust members and eight Junior Blues and their parents were in attendance.

The proceedings were opened by Trust Vice-Chairman, Paul Yeomanson who welcomed the Trust members and guests, Kevin Bond and the vast majority of the 1st Team Squad, and Dave Huzzey and members of the U23s and Youth Team squads.

The final Player of the Month award, for April, was presented by Junior Blues member, Stanley Clay, to Simon Cox, before Paul introduced David Crown, who was the host for the evening.

Clips of the five nominees - Nathan Bishop, Elvis Bwomono, Simon Cox, Sam Hart and Taylor Moore - for Player of the Year were shown during the course of the evening leading up to the main award, however, the first of the main awards of the evening was for the Youth Team Player of the Year.

This award has been re-named the Tom Grace Memorial Shield. Tom was an avid Southend United supporter and Junior member of the Trust who sadly passed away aged just 15 in 2007. Every year his family are invited along to present this award in his memory.

2nd runner up was Matt Rush;

1st runner up was Harry Seaden

and the winner of the Tom Grace Memorial Shield was Charlie Kelman.

Dave Huzzey thanked Trust members for their continued support over the year and looked forward to this continuing into the future.

Top traveller awards were then presented to three members who had travelled the full 8,158 miles to 26 away fixtures covered by the Trust coaches this year. These were presented by Kim Bridge, from SBC coaches, along with each person's favourite individual player, who had signed their awards. Nathan Bishop presented an award to Stephen Furby, Elvis Bwomono presented an award to Lesley Hicks and Simon Cox presented an award to Gary Williams. Jason Demetriou also presented an award to Junior Blues member, Callum Turp, who had travelled an impressive 6,640 miles to 21 games.
The Junior Blues Player of the Year is voted for by Junior Blues members, and one person voting is chosen at random to present the award. This year, Junior Blues member, Jake Bolton was selected to present the award to the winner - Simon Cox.
The Goal of the Season award is named after Martin Cranmer, who was a founder member of the Supporters Club as well as being a lifelong supporter. Martin sadly passed away aged just 40, in 2010. His wife, Zoe, presented the award to Charlie Kelman, for his goal from inside our own half against Plymouth on 12th January.

The raffle and auction were then held where items including a signed pair of Nathan Bishop's gloves, a signed Nathan Bishop jersey and a signed pair of Tom Hopper's boots were on offer. The Trust is very grateful to those who parted with their cash to secure these items!

Trust Chairman, Paul FitzGerald made a presentation to recently "retired" Treasurer, Darren Posnack, for his many years of service to the Shrimpers Trust.

Kevin Bond was invited to make the presentations for the main award.

The Shrimpers Trust Player of the Year 2nd runner up was Sam Hart;

1st runner up was Nathan Bishop

and the winner of the Shrimpers Trust Player of the Year was Simon Cox.

Kevin then addressed those in attendance, acknowledging the work and support of the members of the Shrimpers Trust and how valued it is. He asked for that support to continue on Saturday in the huge forthcoming game against Sunderland.

In closing, Paul Yeomanson thanked David Crown for hosting the evening; the players and management for coming along; Callum Bishop for his help in compiling the footage for the evening; Graham Whitby-Boot for the photography during the evening; Rob Craven for the Youth team pictures; Sharon and the bar staff and Trust members in helping to set up.

Thanks were also given to Trust and Junior Blues members who had attended on the night and to the various people who had helped organise the evening.
A full set of pictures from the evening can be found on the Trust's Facebook page by clicking here.
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