Plus all the other Vanarama National League South award winners are decided…


Chelmsford City’s programme ‘The Claret’ has won the Vanarama National League South Programme of the Year for the 2021-22 season.

‘The Claret’ features historical information from club historian David Selby, regular manager and chairman columns as well as full details of the opposition on the day. There are also fan columns, quizzes for kids and adults alike and details of supporters club events and away travel information.

Details of the club’s reserves, women’s and academy teams are also found inside. There are as well short player interviews such as “Quick-fire Questions” and “Come Dine With The Clarets” where the player is asked to pick their dream dinner-party meal and guestlist!

Media and Marketing Executive Sophie Osborne who co-ordinates the delivery of ‘The Claret’ said, “It’s a real honour to win this award for Chelmsford City and it’s fans.

“I want to say thank you to all the amazing programme contributors over the past year, including Steve Shore, Robbie Simpson, David Selby, Ben Parks and so many more throughout the season. Bring on next season and hopefully another programme of the year award! Up the Clarets!”

Next follows a press release from the Vanarama National League detailing all the end of the season awards…

It was an incredible Vanarama National League South season and it’s not over yet but before this weekend’s Promotion Final, we are placing even more awards in hands.

We’re thrilled to present to you the Player of the Year, the season’s Top Scorer as well as the Manager of the Year after an incredible campaign.

The Team of the Season is also announced, and like the Player of the Year gong, the all-star XI is voted for by our clubs.

Not only do those who make an impression on the pitch get recognition, those who do a great job off it are too – the Programme of the Year is also crowned, and it’s those reading every week who decide the winner.

With such a rich array of attacking talent, and well as some sensational weekly performances at his own club, the Player of Year was hotly contested.

Joan Luque did some real damage for Maidstone United, the Spaniard scoring 20 goals as the Stones eventually strolled towards the title – it was enough to see the 29-year-old honoured.

It’s a Maidstone double with champion Hakan Hayrettin getting the year’s top boss accolade as they held their nerve when it mattered.

Alfie Rutherford incredibly managed ten more goals than Luque – he scooped the Top Scorer award as he finished ahead of St Albans City striker Shaun Jeffers. The scoring sensation helped himself over the line by his antics in April, with a four goal salvo fired against Concord Rangers.

Chelmsford City’s media team are rewarded for a brilliant read, the Clarets boast the Programme of the Year.

Well done, all our fantastic winners!

PLAYER OF THE YEAR – NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
Joan Luque – Maidstone United

TOP GOALSCORER – NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
Alfie Rutherford – Dorking Wanderers – 30

MANAGER OF THE YEAR – NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
Hakan Hayrettin – Maidstone United

PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR – NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
Chelmsford City

TEAM OF THE SEASON – NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
GK – Ben Dudzinski – Oxford City
RB – Barry Fuller – Dorking Wanderers
CB – Joe Ellul – Maidstone United
CB – Tom Bonner – Dartford
LB – Jerome Binnom-Williams – Maidstone United
CM – Jack Jebb – Dartford
CM – Josh Ashby – Oxford City
CM – Matthew Briggs – Dorking Wanderers
STR – Alfie Rutherford – Dorking Wanderers
STR – Shaun Jeffers – St Albans City
STR – Joan Luque – Maidstone United