Marc Surtees and Brian Lackey up for Berkshire Football Award

Marc Surtees - Woodley United Ladies management team. Photo: Neil Graham.
Marc Surtees - Woodley United Ladies management team. Photo: Neil Graham.

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Marc Surtees and Brian Lackey are up for a Berkshire Football Award in the category of Manager of the Season sponsored by Eddie Stobart Logistics.

Marc is a previous winner of this award back in 2018.

One nomination for the award said: “What a season it has been for Woodley United Ladies with the guidance of these two fantastic managers and coaches. It was a tough season for Woodley last year being relegated from the Southern Region Premier Division. This season was always going to be tough with recruitment too. Pre-season started considerably early to make sure we were in the best shape for the season ahead. The season started slow, we were still trying to recruit and gel as a new team. Brian came in, started coaching and figured out a new formation for us to work with. There was one game where it finally just all clicked, and that was Caversham away. We then went on an unbeaten run, winning 10, scoring 42 and conceding only 1. This is genuinely all down to the support and dedication of Marc and Brian. They instilled this desire and drive into us all, their dedication and this hunger to succeed rubbed off on all of us. We trained so hard, Brian is an unbelievable coach which we have learned SO much from and I think Marc won’t mind me saying that he also has learned a lot from Brian. We were crowned Champions of the Division 1 North and deservingly too. These two are amazing people, amazing coaches and have given up so much of their time to lead us to an incredible season. What a season

Another added: “Dream Team Alert!! After being relegated at the end of last season, Woodley Ladies had to rebuild. Brian came on board to work alongside Marc to make this happy. Marc and Brian work so well together and this shows to the ladies. They give up countless hours planning training sessions, match day warm-ups and chatting throughout the week to discuss the team in general. Both of them do it out of the goodness of their heart and they both show so much passion. The support and guidance of Marc and Brian showed this season as the ladies won their league in style and have now been promoted back to where they belong.”

Agree that Marc and Brian should be up for the Manager award? Or do you have someone else in mind? Let us know in the nomination form below:

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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

Nomination Form

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 Wednesday 29th May 2024.

The Short List for each category will then be published at 2pm on Friday 31st 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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