News: Colls scoop up NWCFL awards

The club had a rather successful time at the NWCFL's Annual Presentation which was held on Saturday 13 June at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool.

The first prize picked up was the Division 1 Programme of the Year Award. This gong had been coveted by Joe and Emil over the past three campaigns so it was with a proud moment when we were announced as winners.

Mark Battersby collected the Division 1 Leading Goal Scorers Trophy. He bagged 43 goals in 30 league games and with a further 19 goals scored in cup competitions the total of 62 smashed the NWCFL record. It was a truly memorable season for the Swinton based sharpshooter.
Danny Taberner wasn't in attendance but he won the Division 1 Goalkeeper of the Year. The team conceded just 26 league goals and Danny missed just 3 games. He also won the goalie of the month on 3 occasions and his award was thoroughly deserved.

Michael Clegg was the Division 1 Manager of the Year. His side lost just 6 times all season excluding the FA Cup penalty heartbreak against Radcliffe Borough. Two of these defeats were in cup finals while another was in the semi final of the prestigious Lancs Challenge Trophy. Backed by his enthusiastic coaching team of Warren Jones, Scott Campbell, Adam Green and physio Ben Ash he guided the club to a record Division 1 points haul of 96 to win the league by 7 points from the impressive Cammell Laird 1907. His team also reached the finals of the Reusch Challenge Trophy and the Men United Cup. The last game of the season saw the club beat Turton to win the Bolton Hospital Cup for a fourth time. He was the architect of the season in a generation!

Chairman Paul Gregory was presented with the Division 1 Championship Trophy to rapturous applause from the Colls faithful of 33 in attendance. It was a proud moment for him and he took the mic to dedicate the trophy to ex Club secretary and NWCFL Vice Chairman Alan Farnworth who sadly passed away during the close season.

Club president accepting the Reusch Challenge Cup Prize.
Ricky Brown accepting the Men United prize.

A thoroughly good 'do' and hopefully we can have more of the same in 12 months time.

Dave Protano accepting the award on Michael's behalf

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