Marshall and Winder big winners as Lancaster City hand out end of season awards

Lancaster City end of season awards 2015-2016. The winners - Craig Carney, Billy Akrigg, Gavin Clark, Dave Cunliffe and Ryan Winder with Neil Marshall front.
Lancaster City end of season awards 2015-2016. The winners - Craig Carney, Billy Akrigg, Gavin Clark, Dave Cunliffe and Ryan Winder with Neil Marshall front.

Retiring captain Neil Marshall and midfield star Ryan Winder both netted hat-tricks as Lancaster City handed out their end of season awards.

Players, officials, sponsors and supporters gathered at Lancaster Brewery on Friday night as the Dolly Blues looked back on a successful season that saw them reach the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy final and finish sixth in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

The Lancaster Guardian's Adam Lord presents Neil Marshall with his award.

The Lancaster Guardian's Adam Lord presents Neil Marshall with his award.

Marshall, who is hanging up his boots after 10 years with the club due to an ongoing battle with cancer, was named the Lancaster Guardian Sports Writer’s Player of the Year and the Supporters’ Player of the Year.

After more than 400 appearances for the club the central defender was also given a special trophy to mark his time at Giant Axe before giving a rousing speech to mark the end of his Dolly Blues career.

Winder won the Joe Stephenson Memorial Trophy for the top marks across the season in the Lancaster Guardian while also picking up the awards for top goal scorer and the coveted Players’ Player of the Year.

Other gongs went to midfielder Billy Akrigg, named Directors’ Player of the Year award, and left back Gavin Clark, the Chairman’s Player of the Year.

Craig Carney’s volley against Chorley in the LFA final at Bolton Wanderers’ Macron Stadium was selected as goal of the season.

Volunteer Dave Cuncliffe was named Clubman of the Year with the award presented by City boss Phil Brown who later spoke of his desire to win promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Ian Sharp was presented with a long service award by another City stalwart Barry Newsham who was himself named Gold Bond Collectors’ Collector of the Year.

The other Gold Bond lottery award, for Collector of the Year, went to Richard Galloway.

Chairman Stuart Houghton kicked off the night by looking back at the season and talking about plans for 2016-2017 which include the club having an Under 18s side in the Northern Premier League’s Academy set-up and fielding an Under 21s team in a new Lancashire FA league.

The Blues chief also said talks were ongoing with several interested parties about joining the board having made an appeal for support back in March.