The 2023 Berkshire Football Awards Short List

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Football in Berkshire is proud to announce the 2023 Short List for the Eddie Stobart Berkshire Football Awards.

19 judges from the FiB team and across Berkshire’s football media have gone through all the nominations, read the stories, watched goals and come to their decisions.

In total, Football in Berkshire received a record 440 nominations across 178 individuals who we published on Friday on the Long List.

That has been narrowed down by our judging panel to four nominees for each category on the Short List.

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The awards night

Before we get to the list, we should tell you about the ceremony.

It is hosted by Sky Sports News’ host Tom White at Double Barrelled Brewery in Reading. The venue is accessible by train from Reading Station and the number 17 bus, or Tilehurst station. There is plenty of parking available at the venue as well.

Doors open at 6pm and dinner is part of your ticket which also includes a performance by our house band The Small Strings. The venue is limited to 150 seats, so it is first come first served.

Enormous thanks to everyone who took the time to post a nomination, thank you to our judges and thank you to our sponsors.

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  • Hungerford Town

Supporter of the Season

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  • Owen Armstrong (Thatcham Town)
  • Ella-Jade Ryan (Hungerford Town)
  • Mark Ashwell (Wokingham & Emmbrook)
  • Steve Witty (Bracknell Town)

Volunteer of the Season

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  • Rob Challis (Binfield)
  • Jade Dobson (Eversley & California)
  • Fiona Surtees (Woodley United)
  • Sue Shiel (Slough Town)

Best Image

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  • Gary House
  • Jeff Youd
  • Andy Wicks
  • Richard Milam

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Goal of the Season

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  • Kacper Malinowski (AFC Aldermaston)
  • Anja Harper (Maidenhead United)
  • Kai Walters (Ascot United)
  • Reece Smith (Maidenhead United)

Best Website or Blog

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  • Binfield FC website
  • Yateley United YouTube
  • Daniel Rhoades-Walkley
  • Hype Train FC

Best Content Creator

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  • Harry McBain (Wokingham & Emmbrook)
  • Mollie Haines (Woodley United)
  • Mattitude (Matt Josey)
  • Caversham United FC

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Best Community Campaign or Content

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  • Wearing The Red & Green (Michael Gegg)
  • FC Bracknell Football 4 All
  • Caversham United
  • Breaking Barriers (Berks & Bucks FA)

Correspondent of the Season

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  • Wandering Tractor (Dave Read)
  • Neal Jeffs (Ascot United)
  • Joshua Browne (Maidenhead Advertiser)
  • Robbie Stelling (Newbury Weekly News)

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Manager of the Season

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  • Jamie Tompkins (Ascot United)
  • Marc Surtees & Brian Lackey (Woodley United)
  • Mollie Haines (Piggott School Girls Football)
  • Carl Withers and Jamie McClurg (Bracknell Town)

Referee of the Season

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  • Jonathan Biss (Burnham Juniors)
  • Daniel Edwards (Bracknell Sunday League)
  • Nick Pyne
  • Mark Firmager

Young Player of the Season (Female)

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  • Chloe Connor (Ascot United)
  • Lilly-May Varney (Eversley & California)
  • Mollie Steadman (Woodley United)
  • Lydia Vettese (Maidenhead United)

Young Player of the Season (Male)

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  • Christian Johnson (Holyport)
  • Kai Hobbs (Binfield)
  • Kickie Dzimba (Holyport)
  • Reece Smith (Maidenhead United)

Player of the Season (Female)

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  • Kajal Malhotra (Maidenhead United)
  • Gemma Sims (Woodley United)
  • Sarah Lawrence (Woodley United)
  • Naomi Paxford (Burghfield)

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Player of the Season (Male)

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  • Eddie Lazarczuk (Reading City)
  • George Lock (Ascot United)
  • Joe Grant (Bracknell Town)
  • Matty Lench (Slough Town)

The Darrell Freeland Award for Service to the Local Game

This award is not open to submissions and is chosen by the Football in Berkshire team.

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NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

Yes! The awards are taking place at the marvellous Double-Barrelled Brewery in Reading and we’ll have food available. Tickets will be limited but on sale from 29th May. If you’d like to know when so you don’t miss out, make sure you’ve signed up to our email newsletter here.

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 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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