The New Saints starred at the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League Awards night.
The event which was held at the St David’s Hotel, Ewloe resulted in the Welsh Champions sweeping the board by picking up three awards.
Following our incredible success last season, the manager of the year award went to head coach Carl Darlington, who along with the club’s Director of Football Craig Harrison have steered the club to another memorable season. A special mention must also go the rest of the technical staff who massively contributed. Club Physio David Spendiff, Goalkeeper coach Chris Doran, Gordon Evans and Ben Bate.
Mike Wilde won the league’s Player of the season in his first year back at the Oswestry based club. The former Chester City striker scored an impressive 25 goals and was also presented with the Golden Boot.
Ryan Fraughan picked up the the Young player of the season award. The former Tranmere Rovers winger beat both Steve Tomassen and team mate Kai Edwards respectively, to win the award.
At the Corbett Sports WPL Annual Dinner, Wales manager Chris Coleman, praised TNS and their style of play, ‘The New Saints play brilliant football and they are the yardstick for the other clubs to aspire to.’
Craig Harrison was full of praise for Mike Wilde and Ryan Fraughan but stressed that winning awards is a team effort, ‘Mike and Ryan were fantastic this season and they deserve their individual awards for their hard work but teams win titles. Both on and off the pitch the whole squad as well as all of the staff have contributed to our success. The team is more important than anything.’
The other awards were:
Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League – Unsung Hero Dave Jones.
Long and Meritorious Service Award Jeff Thomas – Carmarthen Town.
Welsh Premier Women’s League – Player of the Season Lauren Price – Cardiff City FC.