Colts out in force to celebrate season

Wirksworth Colts ladies team 2011-2012 season.
Wirksworth Colts ladies team 2011-2012 season.

Over 700 people recently attended the Wirksworth Colts presentation evening, held jointly in the Wirksworth Leisure Centre and Anthony Gell School, and watched players from 22 squads receive their trophies.

Teams from under sevens up to the women’s team celebrated another successful season.

Special guests from the world of football were Andy Todd, Steve Powell and Frank Fielding, Derby County’s current number one goalkeeper.

Mayor Cllr Andy Pollock, deputy mayor Cllr Mike Ratcliffe and club president, Fred Gill, completed the presentation parties on the night.

Club chairman Chris Whittall commented: “We recognised the individual contributions of nearly 300 footballers on Saturday.

“To receive your trophy from such distinguished guests made the evening extra special. It is important for us to come together as a club at the end of the season.

“The families of each of our players must be justifiably proud of their sons and daughters. To make such an important individual contribution to their team is worth celebrating.”

There was one other unique presentation made on the night, to Pat Murphy, who received an award for 25 years’ service to Wirksworth Colts.

Andy Todd, who made the presentation, praised Pat for his unique contribution to club football. “Where would community football clubs be without such dedication?”

Derby County ‘keeper Frank Fielding added: “This is the second year I have attended the Colts presentation night. I must say it was great to see so many players smiling and enjoying their involvement in football. It was a great night.”

The final word went to club president Fred Gill, who said at the end of the evening: “I would like to say a big thank you to all those who worked so hard behind the scenes. I helped set up our first team 25 years ago. Who could have imagined it would have led to all this? It is wonderful to see.”

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