Top players and club stalwart receive awards

AN exceptional season came to a fitting end at Wallington FC’s end-of-season presentation evening.

Held at Morpeth’s Riverside Lodge, the Northern Alliance Division One-winning squad and club committee were joined by a host of family and friends that also included the title winning squad of 1977.

The evening was hosted by Sky Sports News presenter Pete Graves and was not only a celebration of the past season’s exploits, but also for this community club as a whole, which will celebrate its 137th year of existence in 2014.

Local Gap lad Sam Walton scooped the coveted players’ player award as well as the most man-of-the-matches, while Jordan Nellis’ 36 goals saw him take the club’s top-scorer and the league’s top-marksman accolades for a second consecutive season.

Elsewhere, John Paxton was the most improved player and Matty Lees, in his first season for the club, won the Jimmy Yeoman Clubman of the Year.

The main award of the night went to a man who epitomises the club like no other, Geordie Cowan, who five years after receiving his 50 years of service award from the FA was appointed Honorary Life President of Wallington FC – an award presented to him by current club captain Alex Slack.

The current squad, managed by Geordie’s son Steva, have begun their preparation for their Premier Division adventure and their next pre-season match is home at Oakford Park against Birtley St Joseph’s on Saturday. Kick-off is 2pm.