Des Walker sparkles among ‘galaxy of stars’

WINNERS -- Kian Stevenson (Under-9s Sunday White) receives his players' player trophy from Des Walker (ABOVE LEFT) and Joe Dallison (Under-8s Sunday Red) receives the equivalent prize from Brett Marshall
WINNERS -- Kian Stevenson (Under-9s Sunday White) receives his players' player trophy from Des Walker (ABOVE LEFT) and Joe Dallison (Under-8s Sunday Red) receives the equivalent prize from Brett Marshall

FORMER England star and Nottingham Forest favourite Des Walker was among a ’galaxy of stars’ who helped celebrate another successful season for Hucknall Sports Junior Football Club.

So popular has the long-running outfit become, the event had to be held over four nights at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street — attracting more than 1,000 supporters.

Walker (46), who played 59 times for his country and made 660 appearances in the professional game, was on hand to help dish out a host of awards.

Other special guests across the four nights were former Notts County, Leicester and Aston Villa player Mark Draper, new Hucknall Town manager Brett Marshall and The Yellows’ first-team coach, Jody Caudwell.

Nialle Rodney, of Lincoln City Football Club, football coach Phil Shrewsbury, who was previously with Notts County and Leicester academies, Mark Cotes, technical director of Barratts Homes, and Coun Kevin Rostance (Con), a Hucknall member of Notts County Council, also presented awards.

Players ranging from those who take part in weekly soccer schools through to under-21s were represented and more than 400 awards were dished out. The club boast 21 teams playing competitive junior football and Sports cater for 250 children a week.

The nights were once again about honouring the dedication of players and team officials who make the success of the club possible.

A club spokesman said: “We hope that all the parents and families of our players had a fantastic time.

“There are not many occasions where families can come together and share the success of an individual and team. We are so proud that our presentation nights continue to be a highlight of the year.”

A series of special awards were handed out with loyalty prizes for mroe than 11 years’ service to the club going to Chay Murden, Tom Percival, James Starmore, Samuel Wells, Ryan Lewis, Daniel Fitzsimons and Joe Priestley, who have made more than 2,000 appearances collectively.

The VAP ‘Team of the Year’ award went to the under-12s managed by Paul Bradbury and Justin Stenson. For the second season running they completed a league and cup double.

The Richard Silverwood award went to Adam Boyfield, who has been chosen among children who will line the route from the Olympic Village to the Olympic stadium as athletes arrive for tonight’s London 2012 opening ceremony.

Chris Percival and Andy Smith were honoured for their contribution to the club over the last ten years and Sarah and Sophie Whitley received a prize for support to the Goosedale Cafe Bar.

The roll-call of individual awards for players is:

UNDER-7S RED — players’ player Sam Watson. managers’ player Kai Melia, most improved player Matthew Curtis; UNDER-7S WHITE — players’ player Cameron White. managers’ player Ben Stanley, most improved player Jack Goodman; UNDER-8S RED — players’ player Joe Dallison. managers’ player Steven Sargent, most improved player Oliver Hutchinson; UNDER-9S WHITE — players’ player Kian Stevenson. managers’ player Kai Oliver, most improved player Malaki Wooldridge; UNDER-9S RED — players’ player Jayden Smith. managers’ player Ciaran Perkins, most improved player Lewis Pewsey; UNDER-10S WHITE — players’ player Ben Ward. managers’ player Joe Collison, most improved player James Fielding; UNDER-10S RED — players’ player Jack Cockram. managers’ player Darnel Beeson, most improved player Jude Fox; UNDER-11S WHITE — players’ player Kyeron Daws. managers’ player Thomas Poole, most improved player Ryan Richards; UNDER-11S RED — players’ player Dylan Humphrey, managers’ player Curtis Wilson, most improved player Tyler Ball. UNDER-12S WHITE — players’ player Jack Harrison, managers’ player Kellen Gretton, most improved player Jake Leach; UNDER-12S Red — players’player Matthew Bloor, managers’ player Aaron Roberts, most improved player Aaron Roberts. UNDER-12S Black — players’ player Matthew Bloor, managers’ player Jake Hollis, most improved player Daniel Stenson. UNDER-13S WHITE — players’ player Dylan Smith, managers’ player Mitch Davies, most improved player Oliver Bowley; UNDER-13S RED — players’ player Jarrod Davis; managers’ player Joe Booth, most improved player Keaton Sharpe; UNDER-14S RED — players’ player Jacob Clarke, managers’ player Kieran Blades, most improved player Kyle Bradley; UNDER-14S WHITE — players’ player Jack Jayes, managers’ player Adam Ellis; most improved player Cory Rose; UNDER-15S BLACK — players’ player Ben Clarke, managers’ player Tom O’Mara, most improved player Ryan Dudley; UNDER-15S RED — players’ player Sam Farn, managers’ player Kieran Davies, most improved player Ben Oscroft; UNDER-16S RED — players’ player James Starmore, managers’ player Connor Baydon, most improved player Samuel Wells.

THE HUCKNALL Sports soccer school also held their presentation bash recently at Hucknall Leisure Centre.

Every player who has taken part on Saturdays and Sundays was awarded a medal.

The schools cater for more than 60 youngsters, ranging in age from four to six.