It Was A Time To Celebrate At The National League Awards Night

By Tom Feaheny

Celtic Manor played host to another wonderful Gala Awards Evening for The National League on Saturday night.

All six promoted clubs from the three divisions took to the stage to collect their trophies, and share their experiences of a memorable season across the competition.

There was also reason for Macclesfield Town, Salford City and Havant & Waterlooville to celebrate once more, as their managers who took charge during the campaign came away with the Manager of the Year award for their respective league.

John Askey claimed the prize for the Vanarama National League after guiding the Silkmen back to the EFL after a six-year absence.

Salford City will go into the 2018/19 season in the fifth tier for the first time in their history. Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson won the award jointly for their efforts throughout the campaign.

It was also a historic season for Havant & Waterlooville, who sealed the Vanarama National League South title with an 87-minute winner in the final league match of 2017/18. Lee Bradbury took the plaudits for orchestrating back-to-back promotions with the Hawks.

Elsewhere, Sutton United’s Tony Henderson-Smith became the first winner of the Volunteer of the Year, an award created to help recognise those unsung heroes helping clubs within The National League.

Tony has worked to grow and enhance the club's standing in the local community, and the high regard in which the club is now held is a testament to his work.

Awards were also presented to three clubs to mark their efforts towards fair play and respect with The National League.

Torquay United, Brackley Town and St. Albans City picked up this award for their respective divisions.

Finally, Eastbourne Borough were winners of The National League Trust’s Best Community Project award.

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