Hillmen evoke memories at end-of-season awards

HISTORY: Steve Bates, Stewart Taylor and Alan Garlick (left to right). Photo contributed.

HISTORY: Steve Bates, Stewart Taylor and Alan Garlick (left to right). Photo contributed.

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ADAM Oakes was the big winner as Glossop North End returned to their first home ground to mark the end of the season with their annual awards ceremony.

The midfielder won both the Supporter’s Player of the Year and the Player’s Player of the Year.

However, one of the main talking points of the night was the venue, as the night was hosted by Glossop Cricket Club’s North Road clubhouse, which was the Hillmen’s original home in the 19th century.

To mark the occasion, the North End board presented the cricket club with a print of a photograph of the team that played in the club’s single season in the top tier of English football - 1899/1900. The Hillmen had been promoted from the Football League Division Two alongside Manchester City, and to this day Glossop remains the smallest town ever to have had a top-level football club, although North End’s stay in Division One lasted only a single season.

Club director Stewart Taylor, who presented the memento to cricket club chairman Alan Garlick and first team captain Steve Bates, said: “We are delighted to be here at North Road while our own clubhouse is re-built.

“A huge amount of our clubs’ history took place here. We played our First Division season at North Road and there were over 10,000 people here when we played an FA Cup game versus Preston North End in 1914 - that’s hard to imagine now. Legend has it all it took was a length of rope to ensure there was no encroachment onto the pitch.”

History is very much on the club’s mind for 2011-12, as they celebrate their 125th anniversary, and supporters took delivery of their brand new replica shirts on the night.

The shirts are based on those worn in 1899-1900, and are available to buy from the club and will be available in various Glossop shops soon. The first team will also wear the special Black and White halved shirts for the season.

Meanwhile, other award winners at last Friday’s event, sponsored by Delta Force, were Kelvin Lugsden (Manager’s Player of the Year), Barry Lawson (Reserve Team Player’s Player) and Mark Fitzpatrick (Reserve Team Management’s Player).

Simon Aldous was awarded the club’s annual ‘Club Person of the Year’ award for the support he had given the club during the season.