End of Season Awards
As the Coronavirus would end the season early, it would not only stop the chance of the club pushing for a promotion spot, It would also put pay to a night of celebration at the annual end of season awards.
The celebration would have taken place at the new Full Time club house and showcased the best of Parkway over the course of the 2019-20 season. The Full Time might not be an option, but we can still declare a few winners from the seven month season, and give thanks to so many volunteers who make Parkway so special.
So, lets get started…
Managers Player: Rob Farkins
The experienced centre back gets the nod from boss Lee Hobbs after another solid season at the heart of defence. Described as the ‘Nuts and Bolts” by Hobbs, Farkins is slowly becoming a cult figure at Bolitho as he sets an example both on and off the pitch. His no nonsense defending is on show throughout the 90 minutes but when the final whistle blows, Rob is the first to thank opponents, officials and staff of opposing teams, be it win lose or draw.
The No.5 also hit the first goal at Bolitho Park in the clubs historic 2-1 win over West Auckland Town which put the club into the Quarter Final of the FA Vase for the first time in our history. Congratulations ‘Farks’
Lee Hobbs on Rob’s award: “Rob Farkins epitomises everything I demand in all my players, honesty, a big heart, desire, and a huge work ethic. He is always available and has a winning mentality and losing simply isn’t an option. He’s been different class for myself and the football club in the two and a half years he’s been at PPFC and we have all loved his no nonsense style of play as much as he himself, has loved it as a Parkway player. He will be here for many more years to come i’m sure and am certain this won’t be his last individual trophy he will win in his time at Bolitho”
Players Player: Ryan Lane
What a season for ‘Laney’ – After a start that saw the 21-year-old used in a variety of positions, it would be his move into left back that cemented the nod for players player by his peers. The second round of the FA Vase away to Brockenhurst could be seen as a coming of age performance by the former Argyle academy player and his subsequent performances got better and better. There have been many plaudits handed out to the No.3 and rightly so. Ryan’s character was epitomised after he was devastated to let his side down after pulling up with an injury just before kick off in the Quarter Final of the FA Vase. His first thought was for the team and not himself, and that moment alone showed how much the youngster has matured this season. I’m sure almost everybody reading this will feel the players made the correct decision. Well played ‘Laney’
Supporters Player: Kyle Moore
Parkway would be nothing without the wonderful support of their fans both home and away, and as a club, we can’t thank them enough. This award may mean the most to the player who wins it due to this reason, and this year the supporters have picked keeper Kyle Moore. For the most part, the No.1 will be seen shepherding the defence and barking orders to his team mates as the ball is knocked about in the opponents half. But, when called upon, Kyle will make not just important saves but crucial saves. This can be epitomised by his performance away at Westbury as Parkway looked to get their Western League campaign back on track after defeat to Tavistock on Boxing Day. Hobbs’ has claimed on many occasion that this was the most important game of the season and at the heart of the victory was Moore. Still only 24, Kyle is a big figure in the changing room and always has time for the Parkway faithful. Always one of the last to leave on match days, Kyle will always be available to talk to supporters and also thank them for their support. A hugely deserved award for the keeper, superb effort ‘Kyz’
Top Goalscorer: Adam Carter
Super Adam Carter! This lad was born to score goals and this season was no different for the No.9 – After hitting four in the opening half hour of the season, the striker didn’t look back and again hit over 30 for the season (what would he have gone on to get if the full season was played?) From 2 yard tap in’s to 25 yard screamers, Adam has the full repertoire in his Arsenal and at times is simply unplayable. Bolitho Park is very lucky to have Adam showcasing his unique talent during his twilight years and when it’s all over, the word legend will be described to use Carter and his goal scoring love affair with South West Football. We hope that’s a long while off yet and all at the club will again look forward to Adam sticking it in the onion bag next season. Well played ‘Carts’
Special Mention: Karl Curtis
Thank you ‘Karlo’ – As we all know by now, Karl will be departing Bolitho Park after taking up a role within Plymouth Argyle and the club would like to put on record their sincere thanks to all the hard work Karl has put in as coach since taking on the role back in 2017. Karl forged a unique bond with boss Lee Hobbs as the pair instilled a winning mentality at the club. If you were to ask any player Karl has coached during his tenure, I’m sure they will say that he has made them better players. Along with being a superb coach, Karl is also a superb person and we wish him well in the next step of his career. Don’t be a stranger at Bolitho Karl and from the board, management, players and supporters, Thank You.
The Supporting Cast
Over the past few years, we have given one individual award of ‘clubman of the season’ but this year we would like to do things a bit differently as there are just too many people that made a difference.
We thank Mike Parrish for all his great work on the media side and the excellent three part documentary ‘Round Our Way’ – and to David Bray, who was Mike’s right hand man during this production. With thanks to Garry Turner and Pete White for all their hard work on the Bolitho pitch and surrounding areas.
Mike Norton and Colin Edwards for helping out on the gate during match days and a second nod to Mike who has become Parkway’s handyman and should now be known as ‘Mr Flags.’
Graham Eyles and all at Club Plymouth Parkway and the disability team for a good season on the pitch and for all the help on Match days. Top work lads.
The backbone of Bolitho, Tracey and Beryl, who always have a smile on their face and keep us fed and watered on match days. Thank you ladies.
The duo of Sam Doel and Pete White for their assistance in the dug out on Match days, with Pete acting as Physio and Sam, who is in his first season at the club as goal keeper coach. We hope it’s the first of many Sam.
Thanks to Dave Liddicoat for helping in the half time refreshments for the visiting officials and to the man himself Kane Oakley for getting us safely to visiting grounds, the driving has been impeccable.
Mr Rocket Man himself and Mr Trance aka Mike Bellamy and Chris Trace who keep all of us entertained on Match days, cheers Kevin and Perry, the club can’t thank you enough.
Thanks goes to Roy Randall for match day player safety and support and to George and the team for running the bar, great job to you all.
Match days would not be the same if we couldn’t enjoy a cup of tea the next day and read the excellent match day reports from our sports correspondent Graham Lloyd. Brilliant words Graham and we know how important those reports are to people who can’t attend the games. Words run in the family and thanks to Gavin Lloyd for keeping the social media world updated on Twitter throughout the 90 minutes. Two different styles, same outstanding outcome, thanks lads. We must also thank Scott Jones for his early season work on social media and being amongst the first at to build Parkways presence online.
And last but certainly not least, the Plymouth Parkway Supporters Club who are filled with wonderful characters and do so much for the club. Thank you to each and everyone of you and we hope to see you all very soon.
Hopefully this is the last time the awards have to be shared like this and next season it will be back at Bolitho and we can do it properly over a few beers.
Stay safe and we cannot wait to welcome you all back to Bolitho, it’s not the same without you.