An awards seremony in Gwbert, Ceredigion marked the end of a succesful WPL season for several individuals on Saturday evening.
Having secured the league title for the 7th consecutive season, there was further cause for celebration for Champions The New Saints as midfielder Jamie Mullan was named Player of the Season.
Mullen was instrumental in the Saints’ success this season, providing 15 assists as well as scoring 7 WPL goals. He was on hand on several occasions to set up team mate Greg Draper, who celebrated securing the Golden Boot award thanks to his 22 goals – the first Saints player to win the award since Michael Wilde in 2012/13.
Luke Wall of Bangor City was named Young Player of the Season – the 21 year old shone consistently for the Citizens throughout the season, scoring 5 and providing 6 assists. There was also an opportunity to congratulate team mate Steven Hewitt following Wales striker Tom Bradshaw’s decision to choose his spectacular strike against Aberystwyth Town back in September as Goal of the Season.
There were further celebrations too for Cefn Druids as Huw Griffiths was named Manager of the Season following his success in leading the club to their highest ever WPL finish (5th), as well as defeating Cardiff Met in Play Off Final, thus securing their spot in the Europa League preliminary round.
Aberystwyth Town’s Geoff Kellaway was named Clubman of the Year. The influential striker has been a familiar face in the Welsh Prem for several years, with a total of 225 (+41) appearances and 68 goals to date.
Ask anyone who follows the league and they will tell you what a joy it’s been to have Barry Town back following their 13 year absence from the top flight. Despite losing out in the play off semi-final to Cardiff Met, Gavin Chesterfield’s side finished their first season back in the Welsh Prem at the summit of the ‘bottom half’ in phase 2, in 7th position. There was special recognition during the ceremony for Mike Cosslett, assistant manager who has had ties with the club for over 40 years. Mike, known to many as Mr Barry Town scooped the Unsung Hero Award.
Before the evening drew to a close there was an opportunity to give special thanks and congratulations to Emyr Davies, Executive Producer of Sgorio who will retire following 30 years of hard work and loyal service ensuring football broadcasts of the highest quality on S4C.