Garnham gets his hands on double prize at AFC awards

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A sense of pride filled AFC Sudbury’s clubhouse on Sunday as more than 100 people turned out to salute the champions at the club’s end of season dinner.

First-team goalkeeper Marcus Garnham, who returned to the club from Lowestoft Town during the season, was the main winner of the night as he collected both the Players’ Player of The Year and the Supporters’ Club Player of The Year trophies, with the latter having already been announced at the Harlow Town game.

Captain Sam Clarke was the recipient of the Managers’ Player of The Year, with Jamie Godbold saying it had been a hard task to single someone out in what had been a great squad effort, winning the Ryman League Division One North title and promotion with a record-breaking tally of 105 points.

Jordan Blackwell’s fine season in the first-team at the age of 18, having made 49 appearances and scoring nine goals, while attending the AFC Academy during its first year, saw him presented with the Academy Outstanding Achievement award. The Academy Young Player went to Ryan McNicholas and the Players’ Player to Tyler French.

Attacking midfielder Craig Parker was awarded the club’s Goalscorer of The Year gong for his 28 goals over 50 appearances.

The first-team awards kicked off with a special presentation to retiring midfielder Ollie Berquez, who joined the club from Maldon & Tiptree in October 2014 and made 43 appearances this season.

John Crosbie, on behalf of the AFC Sudbury Supporters’ Club, concluded the formalities of the night by presented a merit trophy to the management team of Jamie Godbold and Andy Reynolds to recognise their achievement in getting the club promoted to its highest ever level.

AFC Sudbury Ladies’ manager Clive Goulding made presentations to the following:

Most Improved: Holly Harrison; Players’ Player: Marie Seabrook; Managers’ Player: Sasha Diston.

Emma Holloway’s mother awarded The Emma Holloway Memorial Shield to Emma Squirrel.