John Beith was presented with the Dave Beere Cup for Player of the Year at the packed club’s Awards Dinner and Dance last night, with Trevor Jacquet getting first team honours. Both recipients encapsulate the spirit of Charlton Park, always determined to give their all despite a less-than-momentous season for the club overall.

Doug Hursey, in presenting the awards, praised the glamorous, full-house turnout as testament to the ability of the club to retain its unique atmosphere.

The outgoing coaching team was also recognised in the presentation of The Peter Budd Award for long-term service to the club to Andy Miller, with Sam Naden receiving honours. Other honours went to Jake Curtis (2nds), Alf Williams (3rds) and Nik Carey (4ths).

The evening started poignantly with Vicki Hardcastle presenting the first Steve Hardcastle Award in memory of her late father to Alan Knuckey for the work he has put in for the club both on and off the field.

A great evening was had by all, thanks chiefly to Alan’s organisation, supported by Vicki, Pauline and the barstaff, and chef Doug Conder. Next year hopes are high that the event will grow even further.

I think we all enjoyed it.