LYME Regis Football Club lived up to its reputation of being a family-led organisation at its annual presentation night and dinner on Saturday, May 31.
The event marked the end of another successful season for the Seasiders, with the First Team finishing fifth after its first season in the Devon & Exeter Premier Division; the Reserves also coming fifth in Division 5; and the Rovers winning the Perry Street & District League’s Division 3 and the John Fowler Cup.
It was a particularly proud occasion for club treasurer and fundraiser Nicky Levan, who received the Jack Loveridge Trophy for Clubperson of the Year – the third consecutive year the award has gone to a female member of the club.
The night was made extra special for Nicky as she presented her father Dave Roberts’ trophy for the Rovers Player’s Player to her eldest son Ben Bowditch, and watched younger son Cody Bowditch named Young Player of the Year for the second year running.
Brothers Toby Fowler and Robbie Fowler also celebrated, with Toby named Rovers Manager’s Player and Robbie taking home the Philip Evans Trophy for Reserves Manager’s Player.
For the First Team awards, manager Gerard Hitchcock selected Gary Knight as his player of the year, while Kingsley Wellman took home the Robert Broome Trophy for Players’ Player.
The Reserves Players’ Player was Nicky Land and Rovers player Pete Peacock was named the club’s top scorer this season.
The Rovers were also presented medals for winning the league and the John Fowler Cup, which they won on Easter Monday.
Spanish player Jaime Rodriguez, who is returning to Mallorca after a year working in Lyme Regis but delayed his flight home to attend the annual dinner, was presented with a canvas photo of the First Team with the words ‘Once a Seasider.. always a Seasider’, by club president Philip Evans MBE.
Players also gave bouquets of flowers to several of the club’s female supporters and special guests.
A four-course dinner, prepared by local caterers Ray and Diane Carrington, was enjoyed by 77 players, supporters and guests in a marquee at the Davey Fort ground.
Speeches were made by club chairman Howard Larcombe, the new Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, Richard White of the Perry Street & District League, and Neil Anthony from the Devon & Exeter League.
The presentations and speeches were followed by celebrations inside the clubhouse, with live music from local band DeltaTango7.