04:23PM, Tuesday 12 May 2020
Slough Town’s end of season awards evening was held online for the first time last weekend, with Matty Lench taking the manager’s player of the season and supporters’ player of the season awards.
The management team of Neil Baker and Jon Underwood were also recognised for their efforts in guiding the Rebels to a play-off position, jointly taking the Kevin McGoldrick award.
The awards night was produced by FC Video and streamed for fans on Saturday evening.
Social distancing measures meant that for the first time the event couldn’t take place at the club, however, this didn’t stop supporters and players from coming together to reflect on a campaign which finished with the club in fifth place.
Lench had an impressive season for the Rebels, scoring 10 goals from midfield and assisting many others. The supporters’ player award was decided by an online vote held in recent weeks.
The golden boot award for most goals this season went to Ben Harris, who netted 13 times in 36 appearances, while Scott Davies won the side’s goal of the season for his wonder strike against Eastbourne Borough – his first goal for the club.
Club stalwart Warren Harris was the night’s other big winner, taking the players’ player of the season award after scoring nine times in 39 appearances. In the process he notched up playing 250 matches for the club.
Dan Roberts, who burst onto the scene after signing from Windsor at the back end of last season, scooped the young player of the year award.
Bim Elliott, who at the age of 93 still follows the Rebels across the south of England to watch matches, picked up the Chris Sliski Club Person of the Year award
The final award of the evening was jointly presented to Neil Baker and Jon Underwood for their services to the club over the last seven years, a tenure that has seen the club promoted twice and challenge for promotion to the National League. The award was named in honour of Kevin McGoldrick. Kevin, known affectionately by the Rebels as ‘Super Kev’, served the club as physiotherapist for 32 years before he passed away in January 2018 following a battle with cancer.
On twitter, Baker said: “Humbled to have been jointly given the Kevin McGoldrick award by his sister Cathy. One that is very close to our hearts. Very emotional watching it back.”
Underwood added: “Congratulations to all of the Slough Town award winners last night. In a proper TEAM with no stars it’s always hard to pick out individuals, but those lads fully deserve that recognition. Can’t wait to get back to the changing room when it’s safe to do so.”
The club has thanked FC Video, Lee Carpenter and Ade Gomm for the many hours they put into producing the online presentation. Supporters were also thanked for purchasing ‘virtual’ admission tickets, food and drink from the virtual matchday shop, helping the Rebels generate ‘crucial funds in uncertain times’.
To donate visit The Virtual Matchday: Donate to Slough Town Football Club.
The full list of winners.
Golden Boot – Ben Harris
Goal of the Season – Scott Davies
Chris Sliski Club Person of the Year – Bim Elliott
Supporters’ Player of the Season – Matty Lench
Players’ Player of the Season – Warren Harris
Managers’ Young Player of the Season – Dan Roberts
Managers’ Player of the Season – Matty Lench
Kevin McGoldrick Award – Neil Baker & Jon Underwood
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