MICHAEL Nottingham was the star of the show at the Solihull Moors annual awards evening after coming away with two accolades on a night where a hugely successful season was celebrated in style.
Marcus Bignot’s side won promotion from the Vanarama National League North after claiming the league title and the whole team joined up again for the end of the season awards which was held at the Village Hotel in Shirley last Thursday.
Nottingham was voted as Moors’ Supporters Player of the Season and also came away with the coveted Players’ Player of the Season awards after being nominated by his peers.
Goal of the Season was Akwasi Asante’s lone effort at Brackley, which proved to be a pivotal moment in the season after a humiliating 6-0 drubbing the previous week at Harrogate.
And Asante celebrated a double after his hat-trick against Telford was named as the Moment of the Season, while Club Man of the Season went to shop manager Nick Oakley who has supported the Moors for 43 years from Moor Green to Solihull Moors.
Both Ben Siegrist and midfielder Callum Gittings received their Vanarama League Winners medals, while the club’s directors presented Marcus Bignot with a special trophy for his outstanding performance throughout the season both on and off the pitch.
After accepting his award, Bignot paid tribute to his ‘wonderful squad’ who had taken Moors to the highest non league in the country.
He was proud of the ‘togetherness’ of his squad which had been evident from day one back in July last year and which had seen his charges bounce back throughout the season on the very odd occasions when things did not entirely go their way.
The team had exceeded expectations after starting the season aiming for the play-offs but Bignot’s side went on to lift the title by a nine point advantage over their nearest rivals North Ferriby.