ANNUAL AWARDS / RADFORD BACKS FLITCROFT
Chairman delivers powerful speech
Stags' owner and chairman John Radford delivered a powerful annual address on Sunday evening at the club's annual awards dinner.
06 May 2018
The full transcript is as follows....
Ladies and gentlemen, good evening.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 1861 Suite for tonight’s annual awards dinner.
Firstly, thank you to Mansfield Sand who are sponsoring this evening’s event.
My gratitude extends to six other local companies who are sponsoring the awards for tonight’s key achievers.
Before I reflect on the season which has now passed, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone here tonight for your valuable contribution to the club.
My sincere appreciation also goes to those of you watching this live across the internet.
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Many of you viewing this will have the Stags at heart, and however small or large a part you have played this season - from all of us here tonight, thank you.
We should always remember that alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much.
Our supporters are the beating heart of our club and their united qualities of patience, passion and encouragement are what makes them the very best.
And whilst it’s our players who are the ones who take centre stage, no show or performance can ever take place without the daily work of the supporting staff in the wings.
And here at One Call Stadium, our staff often go above and beyond the call of duty, without the recognition they richly deserve. Until tonight!
Time does not allow me to name you all, but this short video shall...
Thank you to you all for your endeavours this season.
Together, we have achieved much in the last 12 months.
Having been a Stags’ supporter from the cradle, one of my pleasures as owner was resurrecting our youth academy, for the good of the club and the Town. And to see the links strengthened from first team to academy by our manager is a great sign of things to come.
I was, again, overjoyed to see our youth team win the league title last month for the third consecutive season. Well done to John Dempster and his staff.
Elsewhere, our family area achieved a status of excellence by the EFL for the great work by Tina Broughton and Danielle Hett.
Meanwhile, our match programme was awarded as the best in the division. Well done to our media mogul, Mark Stevenson and his team.
On the field, I share the disappointment of everyone in this room of us not being able to reach the play-offs.
Though as an eternal optimist, I always emphasise the positives… and to see us take four points each from our local rivals is always a highlight in any season.
We have many talented players in this squad who will be with us on the journey ahead. And leading our campaign is a man who has experienced success in this division before.
David left a good club in Swindon Town to join us here. He believes in the Stags, our values, our principles and our ambition. He is the right man, at the right time, to lead us to the next level.
David will have my unending support in the campaign ahead.
We will go again. Together.
Tonight signals the end of the season but tomorrow heralds a new dawn.
Right now, our club is in a time of transformation and we are rising to every challenge.
An artist's impression of the new Hilton-by-Hampton hotel at One Call Stadium
Our new training ground at Woburn Lane in Pleasley will strengthen our infrastructure and the proposed new Hilton Hotel will provide another income source for the club. This will aid us as we climb the English football pyramid.
Our club is advancing in every area and I will continue to back it in every way I can.
Many of these projects are being guided by a board of directors, who all share one great quality: they all want the best for Mansfield Town.
My thanks also to our sponsors and commercial partners. Every club needs the support of local companies and we have a number of great organisations with us tonight. Myself and our commercial team look forward to working with you again next season.
Usually, in any company, a chairman works most closely with its chief executive. And it will come as no surprise to you when I say that I work with our chief exec closer than most!
Carolyn has again exceeded expectations as CEO. She has steered our club in a way which makes me proud and she continues to showcase the Stags in the national media and for the causes which are close to her heart. We are all proud of your leadership.
Carolyn and I are fortunate enough to run a number of successful businesses and the truth is that there is nothing you can’t accomplish if you are absolutely committed to achieving, and determined to overcome whatever life throws at you along the way.
Here, our club is growing bigger, better and stronger than ever before. And that work will continue.
I will not rest or sleep until this club is everything I dreamed it could be. And dreams become reality only when we want them badly enough.
We won’t only wish for it. We will work for it. Together; with a one club, one cause mentality.
We are all one team, one family in here tonight. Let us support each other in every way we can heading into next season and look back in 12 months and say ‘Together, we did it’.
Thank you and enjoy your evening with us.
Gallery: Annual Awards Dinner winners revealed
The winners of our seasonal awards from our Annual Awards Dinner have been revealed.
The winners of the awards are as follows...
Ladies' Player of the Season - sponsored by Midland Paint
Presented by Carolyn Radford, Allan Woodfield and Ian Hurst.
Academy Player of the Season - sponsored by A Wass Funeral Directors
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Presented by Steve Hymas, Mark Hawkins and Paul Brown.
Supporters' Player of the Season - sponsored by Greene King
Presented by Carolyn Radford and Joe Parks.
Golden Boot Award - sponsored by Meden Events Security Ltd.
Presented by Mark Burton, Peter Neilson and Mick Dennis.
Players' Player of the Season - sponsored by I-Holland
Presented by Paul Broughton and David Hinds.
Directors' Player of the Season - sponsored by Booker Wholesale
Presented by Tina Broughton and Simon Parn.
Chairman's Player of the Season - sponsored by Mansfield Sand
Presented by John Radford and Jon Boulton.
Gallery: Pitchside Awards for 2017/18 season
5 May 2018
View photos of the Stags' players receiving their pitchside awards, prior to Saturday's game against Crawley Town at One Call Stadium.
The winners of the awards are as follows...
The Jack Retter Youth Team Player of the Season, presented by Theresa and Chris Marriott: Lewis Gibbens.
The Emma Stamp Trophy for most Man of the Match Awards, presented by Mark and Dylan Burton, and Michael and Philip Stamp: Alex MacDonald.
Read more at https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2018/may/pitchside-awards-2018/
The Shirebrook Stags Player of the Season, presented by Craig and Alfie Foster and Stan and Roisin Downes: Danny Rose.
The Chad Player of the Season, presented by sports editor John Lomas: Conrad Logan.
The Westfield Stags Player of the Season, presented by Chris Cassidy, Lewis Cassidy, Alison Brocklehurst and Thomas Croucher: Krystian Pearce.
The Ollerton Stags Player of the Season, presented by Leanne Gravil: Krystian Pearce.
The Stags' Supporters Association Player of the Season, presented by Carla Kelly and Mitchell Walters: Krystian Pearce.