Captain’s View Special: Richard Bunting’s end-of-season awards
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It's been a rollercoaster of a season and with our presentation evening next Friday I am going to go through a few awards of my own.
There are a few who could pick up my player of the season award, but I'm going for Gullers (Phil Gulliver). I just think all season long he has been different class. We are very lucky to have him and J (Jason) Lee at centre-back in my eyes. If Jay had played all year I might have sat on the fence and called it a draw, but Gullers takes it.
Goal of the season is an obvious choice. Although I'd love to give it to myself for my only goal of the season away at Northwich, it's going to Tolls (Shane Tolley) for the winner against Sheffield. It's for the joy it gave everyone, not the finish. Thinking about other strikes I haven't a prayer as DJ's (Dan Jacob) at Chasetown was miles better than mine as well!
As I can't link every award to the championship winning game against Sheffield my choice for the best match of the season is going to be the home one against Conference Premier Telford in the FA Trophy. The 3-1 win was such an achievement.
My favourite away ground is a tricky one when you think about where we play. We're all lucky to have such great facilities. I really enjoyed playing at Chasetown though. I enjoy Tuesday night games under the lights and I thought there was a good atmosphere there as well.
Best player we have faced this season? I was really impressed with (Andy) Hall from Stamford. In both games we played against them you could see what a talented player he was. The other player that stands out is Ryan Robbins (Coalville). He's such a threat with his pace. These two would get into any of the teams in the league in my opinion so I'm going to go for both of them.
Worst moment of the season is an easy one for my personally. When I realised my campaign was over (Halesowen away), it was gutting and I imagine I was a very grumpy man to be around! As a team that's had such a successful season it's hard to pick a worst moment. The gaffer dragging us in for training in the snow during the winter has got to be right up there.
- 1 Pub transformed into 'breathtaking' family home for sale for almost £1m
- 2 Delays expected with A47 to close in both directions for 15 miles
- 3 Man accidentally downloaded indecent images of children, court hears
- 4 Family 'increasingly concerned' about missing Beccles woman
- 5 Man had cocaine hidden in car when stopped by police
- 6 Norse chief executive quits for personal reasons
- 7 Here are the new Covid travel rules which begin today
- 8 Trains cancelled after lorry crashes into bridge
- 9 New Burger King site approved in city centre
- 10 Flood alert on the Broads due to high water levels
The worst banter award. Some of it is so bad it's funny. We have a few that come out with some bad gags but on a whole it's a funny changing room. I'm going to give this prize to the assistant (Neil Fryatt) and coach (Ross McNeil) though. Purely because they can't take any banter that comes their way, which is a fair bit. They are both certainly very hungry when jokes are thrown in their direction.
We have a few candidates for the best banter. Much of what goes on is personal insults towards each other. I'm fond of slinging a few. I love to have a pop at Watto (Ross Watson) who always rises to it. It's easy with the likes of Quigz (Dan Quigley) sitting next to me. He only said this week we have to go and meet the Pope of King's Lynn soon. I'm sure he meant the Mayor! That's how easy it is. The winner has to go to J Lee though, he is one funny lad.
Best youngster is a really tough one. We have some really good young players and having seen the reserves in action the club's future looks to be in good shape. Within our squad the babies are Streaky (Ryan Fryatt), Mullers (Sam Mulready) and Butty (Charlie Butt). It's easy to forget how young they all are and it's a credit to them that they play at the level they do. Each and every one of them are great lads as well so I'm sitting on the fence on this one – they all have good careers ahead of them.
The best moment of the season is the easiest award – even though some of our wins in the Trophy run were special. Winning the league with a group of mates is the best feeling you can get in football. I've been lucky to do it on a couple of occasions but I've never been able to do it in front of a crowd like we had. It made the night at home to Sheffield unforgettable.
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