The winners list from Non League Paper’s 2020 National Game Awards has been revealed after fans were allowed to vote in the last few weeks.
With the 2019/20 season over for all but sixteen playoff teams, now is a fitting time to hold what turned out to be a virtual version of the awards.
The National Game awards are held at the end of every season and whilst the usual ceremony couldn’t take place in the capital, the awards have been held online instead.
Barrow boss Ian Evatt has been awarded the Manager Of The Year Award, whilst Bluebirds skipper John Rooney has picked up the National League Player Of The Year Award.
Evatt has been the key to their incredible rise, he was appointed shortly after the Cumbrian side survived an epic relegation battle in the 2017/18 season. The following season saw them finish 10th, and then the current campaign saw them lead the National League since November 2019, with promotion back to the Football League confirmed last week.
John Rooney has been influential to the side, with Barrow summing him up to ‘unlocking opposition defenses and chipping in with a hugely impressive 20 goals from midfield this term’.
Congratulations to Ian Evatt and John Rooney for picking up the @NonLeaguePaper awards for Manager and Player of the year, respectively.
— BarrowAFC NSC (@BarrowNSC) June 21, 2020
The player crowned National League North Player of the Year is King’s Lynn Town’s Adam Marriott. The division’s top scorer netted a total of 28 goals, helping the club win promotion to the top tier of non league football.
Missing it big time ⚽️ 🥅 pic.twitter.com/R4qjWfesIn
— Adam Marriott (@AMarriott10) April 11, 2020
Tom Smith was named National League South Player of the Year in the 2019/20 National Game Awards.
Manager Jerry Gill said: “It’s a credit to Tom himself for this award due to his professional mindset in wanting to improve week in week out. It’s a case of player/manager/philosophy all connecting that has brought out the best in Tom.
“He feels at home at Bath City FC and plays with a freedom. We hope he will be able to continue his fine form, along with the rest of the squad, in the playoffs.”
— Bath City FC (@BathCity_FC) June 21, 2020
FC United of Manchester’s Tunde Owolabi has been named the Northern Premier League Player of the Year, after an incredible season where he scored 36 times and finished as the top scorer in the top 7 divisions of English football.
Congratulations to our Tunde Owolabi who has been named the @NonLeaguePaper 19/20 @NorthernPremLge Player of the Year, after an incredible season where he scored 36 times and finished as the top scorer in the top 7 divisions of English football 🚀
— FC United of Manchester (@FCUnitedMcr) June 21, 2020
Cray Wanderers’ Joe Taylor won the Isthmian Premier Division Player of the Year after picking up the Players Player, Managers Player and Golden Boot awards with 26 goals this term.
Been voted Player of the season for the Isthmian Premier Division and in the Non league Paper today. Big shout to the boys at Cray for giving me the platform.
Along with Players Player, Managers player and golden Boot at Cray Wanderers it’s been a good one!! ⚽️⚽️❤️ pic.twitter.com/6aqRaupKdS
— Joe Taylor (@JoeTaylor28) June 21, 2020
Truro City striker Tyler Harvey has been named the Southern League Premier South Player of the Year, after an incredible season where he scored 19 times and finished as the league’s top goal scorer.
Congratulations to striker Tyler Harvey who has been named the @NonLeaguePaper Southern League Premier South Player of the Year, after an incredible season where he scored 19 times and finished as the league’s top goal scorer. @TylerHarvey_ 👏 pic.twitter.com/Grld7CiGR5
— Truro City FC (@TCFC_Official) June 21, 2020
Dion Sembie-Ferris won the Southern League Premier Central Player of the Season award, having scored 17 goals in the league this campaign.
— Klod King (@Memajklod) June 21, 2020
Marine’s Niall Cummins was named the NPL Step 4 Player of the Year, here are all of his goals from this season.
— Marine Football Club (@MarineAFC) June 21, 2020
Whitehawk forward Lucas Rodrigues won the Buildbase Isthmian Step 4 Player of the Year Award.
He is the Hawks’ most successful product of the youth system finishing as their joint highest goalscorer in the Isthmian South East division finishing on 12 goals, three of which just 23 minutes in their famous comeback at Three Bridges last year, whilst also chipping in with 14 assists. The club’s fans and players also named him as their Player of the Season.
— Whitehawk FC (@HawksFCOfficial) June 21, 2020
Halesowen Town were awarded Non League Paper National Game Cup Run of the Year Winners – currently in the FA Trophy semi finals – and their club captain Paul McCone won Southern League Step 4 Player of the Year.
— Halesowen Town FC (@halesowentownfc) June 22, 2020
Maldon & Tiptree’s Jorome Slew won the 2019/20 Goal of the Season award for his magnificent solo effort against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup.
Live #FACup action for you tonight!
Featuring Jorome Slew aka the ‘Maldon Messi’ 💨💨💨 pic.twitter.com/4GvJTeCPiw
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 29, 2019
Southern Counties East Premier Division side Chatham Town have been named the Community Club of the Year.
They have called to check on fans, collecting or delivering food, running errands, focusing on mental health or holding fitness classes during the tough times of the coronavirus pandemic.
We are delighted to announce we have been voted the Football Foundation Community Club of the Year in the @NonLeaguePaper 🏆
Thankyou to everyone who voted for us and rest assured we intend to build on this on this to further reach out and help our community #UpTheChats 🔴⚫️🔴 pic.twitter.com/19Ym7rUvQM
— Chatham Town FC (@ChathamTownFC) June 21, 2020
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