Walthamstow’s players, management and committee recognised their excellent season on Thursday night with their end of season awards.
Adding to his title as the Essex Senior League’s top scorer, Dwade James scooped the Manager’s Player of the Year Award. Dwade scored 24 goals in 24 games for Stow, adding to the 17 in 20 he scored for Leyton Athletic earlier in the season. He finished the season in style, netting a hat-trick against St Margaretsbury on the final day.
Skipper Reece Conway was voted Supporters’ Player of the Season – the first time the award has been given in a number of years. Conway joined in September, and scored four goals in 35 games.
Vinny Murphy was recognised by his team mates as Players’ Player of the Season. Vinny joined the club for his second spell at the end of December 2018, and instantly firmed up the side’s defence. Since joining, Stow only lost one of the 19 league games Vinny played in. He was also crucial in the side keeping 11 clean sheets in those games.
Craig Pope, an ever-present in the Stow team was awarded the Committee’s Player of the Season. Craig has made 44 appearances this season – the most by any player since 2000 – and has been a rock at the heart of one of the league’s best defences.
Finally, Gus Douglas was recognised as Club Man of the Season. Gus has now made 59 appearances for the club, in two spells across three seasons. He’s been a crucial member of the squad, playing in a number of positions even though injury has cut some of his playing time short this season.
Manager Ryan Maxwell confirmed that the award winners had already confirmed for next season, as Stow look to build on their best league finish for 32 years.