Buoyant Bosham celebrate season to savour

Mat Jackson (far left) receives the clubman of the year trophy
Mat Jackson (far left) receives the clubman of the year trophy
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Bosham FC celebrated an excellent season in the presence of guest of honour Ray Crawford and a replica of the FA Cup.

The former Pompey, Ipswich, West Brom and Colchester striker – one of the most prolific goalscorers of his generation – kicked the night off with a Q&A assisted by Jake Payne of the the Pompey Former Players’ Association, to which Bosham will be making a donation.

Marco Giambelardini took the players’ player of the year award for the first team, with Matt Docherty the managers’ player. Dave Storey was confirmed top scorer with 18 in all competitions this season.

Mat Jackson deservedly received the clubman of the year award from chairman Alan Price for carrying out the combined roles of treasurer, first-team linesman, goalkeeper coach and assisting under-16s’ training.

There was also special mention for manager Andy Probee - he and Rhys Hughes from Mulberry Contractors were recognised as groundsmen of the year for step seven clubs by Sussex FA for providing a fantastic playing surface on limited means.

Many took up the opportunity to have their photo taken with Crawford and the FA Cup – almost seven years to the day since Pompey won it.

Crawford had travelled down from the day’s Norwich v Ipswich to be there. Bosham said they were grateful to him, Jake Payne and lead sponsor Terry Collins from The Woodmancote for supporting the occasion.

Player award winners - first team - Top Goalscorer: Dave Storey; Players’ Player: Marco Giambelardini; Managers. Player: Matt Docherty. Reserves - Top Goalscorer: Mark Desi; Most Improved Player: Liam Cooper; Players Player: Bradley Borne; Managers’ Player: Charlie Cooper. Youth team - Top Goalscorer: James Davies; Most Man of the Match Awards: James Davies; Most Improved Player: Aidan Wadey; Players Player: James Davies; Managers’ Player: Bradley Templeton.

- SIMON JASINSKI

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