Adam Barrett, Stuart Nelson, Bradley Dack and Matt Fish scoop awards at the Gillingham player-of-the-year event
Adam Barrett was Gillingham's star player for
Gillingham rounded off their championship
winning season with their player-of-the-year evening on Sunday
Captain Adam Barrett was named supporters’
player-of-the-year while Joe Martin took the players’ player award
and Bradley Dack was named young player-of-the-year.
Barrett (pictured) played 46 games as he
led the Gills to the League 2 title.
He said: “It’s been a fantastic season, as
well know and I want to thank everyone for their support, the lads
really do appreciate it.
not very often you go and win the title so we all realise it’s been
very special. Let’s just hope we can repeat it next year.”
Runner-up for the main award of the evening,
behind Barrett, was Stuart Nelson, while Matt Fish came in
Nelson (left), meanwhile, took the award for
sponsor’s player-of-the-year, presented by MEMS chairman Colin
Jarvis and also the Chairman’s Cup.
“It’s been a great season,” said the keeper,
who kept 18 clean sheets in League 2 – a personal record.
“A big thanks to the players because without
them I couldn’t do what I have done and the manager, the staff and
the chairman and the captain.”
Fish (below) also received the goal-of-the-season shield.
His strike against Accrington Stanley, to win the game, clinched
the award for the 24-year-old.
“It’s been a great season and hopefully we can
do the same next year,” he said.
Kedwell’s goal against Bradford, in the club’s first league game of
the season, took the runner-up spot while Deon Burton’s winner
against Morecambe was third.
Youth manager Darren Hare presented
19-year-old Dack with his award. He played 20 games during the
Hare, who watched many of his young players
perform at Burton at the weekend, said: “This year has been an
absolute magnificent achievement for a lot of our young
“They have tested, they have been pushed to
the limits and when they do that they need reward and it was so
pleasing to have a manager to give those young players the
opportunity to play. It was an excellent day and it’s been an
“Bradley is a great character, he is vibrant
with a great personality and he is going to be a wonderful
Club captain Andy Frampton also addressed the
audience at Priestfield’s Great Hall.
He said: “It’s been a fantastic season but not
achievable without the effort from all of the lads and from start
to finish we have been stand-out in the league.”
Among the guests was West Ham chairman David
Gold, a close friend of Gills’ Paul Scally.
Mr Gold said: “I am pleased for the players
and the manager but most of all, like all chairman, the respect we
have for those dedicated fans.
“I am really pleased (Gillingham) came first.
Well done Gillingham fans and the football club – fantastic.”
Secretary Gwen Poynter, meanwhile, was awarded
the Elliott Scally Trophy award for her work behind the scenes.
Next season she will be entering her 20th year working
for the club.
Pictures: Barry Goodwin
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