What the editor said: Tom Canning’s opening notes

Tom Canning at the Berkshire Football Awards. Photo: Neil Graham.
Tom Canning at the Berkshire Football Awards. Photo: Neil Graham.
A few words from Tom

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Football in Berkshire co-editor Tom Canning opened the 2022 Berkshire Football Awards with a few words. Here’s what he said.

Hello and welcome to the 2022 Berkshire Football Awards sponsored by Eddie Stobart. I’ve been thinking about what to say here as a little intro before handing over to the much more eloquent Tom White.

And I was thinking about what local football has done for me. It’s given me friendships, it’s started me on a career path I’m still travelling and it’s become more than just 90 minutes on a pitch – I use this word a lot, but the community, this community we – and I mean everyone in this room – has built, is more than club rivalries, arguments and divides.

It’s friendship. And after three disrupted years, I think that’s become so important.

So thank you everyone for being an important part of that, whether you win tonight or not. It’s important for me to get across that everyone plays a role.

I wanted to thank Steve Witty at Eddie Stobart for his offer of sponsorship tonight. I wanted to thank as well ManVFat, Calibra Tree Surgeons, Lens Digital, Rural Pie Co, Since 71 Blog, Severn Sport, NG Sports Photography, Ascot Sports Bar, STAR and Berks County for their kind sponsorship of the individual awards tonight.

Finally, I want to thank the Football in Berkshire team for a sterling job this season so if you could please stand up Rob Davies, Steve Gabb, Neil Maskell, Alicia Povey, Tony Hardy and especially Abi Ticehurst – without whom a lot of tonight wouldn’t have happened. A round of applause, please!

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Scroll down to the bottom of this article for the nomination form. Before you do that though, here’s what the judging panel are looking for when choosing the shortlist.

What’s the story? Tell us exactly why the person or place should be considered. We hate to get all ‘X Factor journey’ on you but the more detail you can include, the better we can argue for your nominee for the short list.

The sort of details we love to see include things like player awards, goals, clean sheets and any other significant contributions to the footballing community – obviously within the 2023/24 season.

We’ll publish all the nominees for the Berkshire Football Awards as we receive them.

You can view all the 2024 nominees so far here.

Want to know who’s previously won what at the Berkshire Football Awards? There’s a big long page with all the previous winners here.

Nominations will be open until midday on Monday 27th May 2024.

The Long List will be published on Wednesday 29th May and the Short List on Friday 31st May.

Once nomination window has closed, the nominations in each category will be put before a panel of judges for a decision, the top four announced online and the winners at the awards night on Wednesday 19th June.

We will accept nominations for people out of area, the only prerequisite is that the reason for nomination is that it must be because of an affiliation with a club we cover on Football in Berkshire (a full list is at the bottom of this page). We will present certificates and a trophy to the winners.

  • You can nominate as many people as you like for each award
  • Please try and avoid nominating your own family members.
  • Due to difficulties in obtaining permissions under child protection laws we won’t consider any player under the age of 16 for nomination in any of the categories

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Nominations for the 2024 Berkshire Football Awards are now closed!

What’s next? Look out for the Long List of all the nominations which will be published here and across all our channels by midday on Monday 27th May 2024.

The Short List for each category will then be published at midday on Wednesday 29th May 2024. At that point, tickets will be made available to attend the awards night at Double-Barrelled Brewery in Reading on the evening of Wednesday 19th June 2024. If you’d like notification of when tickets are available, sign up to our newsletter here.

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