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Dunston UTS FC Presentation Night Roundup

Dunston Social Club was the venue for the clubs annual end of season presentation night, with numerous awards given out across the evening.

Dunston Social Club was the venue for the clubs annual end of season presentation night, with numerous awards given out across the evening.

With five players scoring over 10 goals in all competitions this season, the race for the golden boot was hotly contested. However, it was Sadó Djaló and Michael Fowler who shared the prize, with both forwards notching 14 goals this season.

There were over 300 voters for the Supporters Player Of The Season, but this vote was dominated by one man. Will Jenkins, who had enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season whilst on-loan from South Shields, scooped the award having gained over 30% of the votes overall. 

Jenkins was back up again shortly after. This time, he collected the Players Player Of The Season award, being recognised by the playing squad for his impressive creative performances from midfield that included a vast number of goal contributions.

Next up, it was the turn of fellow midfielder Phil Turnbull to take the limelight. The veteran had enjoyed a fantastic season controlling play in the middle of the park, and his experience has helped the likes of Jenkins flourish. First up, Turnbull was awarded Club Player Of The Season, before he took home probably the most prestigious award of the evening - the Fred Foulis Committee Player Of The Season, which was presented by Fred's wife Norma. Fred did so much for Dunston UTS FC, and this award allows his brilliant legacy to live on.

Liam Thear, who had a great season also, was next to receive an award. After a relatively one-sided voting process, he scooped the Goal Of The Season award for his stunning halfway line effort against Stocksbridge Park Steels late in the season.

Michael Pearson, who had recently been announced as the clubs new captain following the departure of stalwart Craig Scott, was next to receive an award. Pearson, who can play in midfield or at full-back, had reached 200 games for Dunston during the back-end of the 2022/23 season, and was presented with the award to mark the milestone. 

The departing Craig Scott won the final award of the evening, collecting the Management Player Of The Season award for his outstanding contribution throughout the season. Scott gave an emotional speech to mark the end of his time with the club, and everyone at the event showed their appreciation for Scotty in what has been a brilliant shift over the last five years.

Before proceedings ended, Chairman Malcolm James wished to express his gratitude for the job that departing Chris Swailes had done as manager, and gave a brilliant speech to the all those in attendance. Swailes stepped down as manager of the club for personal reasons after the conclusion of the 2022/23 season, but has raised the club to new heights during his tenure which included being crowned Champions of the Northern League, as well a historic FA Cup wins over Chester, before leading his team out against Gateshead in front of 2,500 people at the UTS Stadium. Everyone at Dunston UTS FC will always be grateful for the job that Chris has done, and we wish him all the best for what lies ahead.

It was a brilliant evening for all with some cracking entertainment by Jonny Sax, and it brought the curtain down on another solid season for the club, with everyone looking ahead to an exciting summer.

Published Monday 22nd May 2023