We are delighted to at last announce the winners of our 2019-20 End of Season Awards!
Our debut campaign in the EFL was always going to be memorable, although perhaps not for the main reason it has turned out.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on all of the club’s teams, although there are still successes to be celebrated despite the premature end to the campaigns in March.
Life in the EFL couldn’t have started anymore perfect – except for Mani Dieseruvwe if he had completed his hat-trick! – with a 2-0 win against Stevenage on the opening day, live on Sky Sports.
It took some time, but we settled into League Two and before lockdown we were starting to build momentum. Ultimately the points-per-game system determined our final position of a respectable 11th.
There is, however, the outstanding matter of the Leasing.com Trophy which remains postponed, but will be played at some point. That is the latest that we have, any further updates will be communicated as soon as we know.
Supporters’ Player of the Season
As ever we asked you to vote for your Player of the Season, based on players making a minimum of eight appearances. The winner of the award in the last two seasons was Carl Piergianni, but this year winning the award for the first time is Ibou Touray.
Player of the Season
This award was voted for by Graham Alexander, the management team and the backroom staff, and they also chose Ibou Touray.
It’s definitely a proud moment for The Gambian in just his first season in the Football League, having joined us when we were in the National League North. He has been a key part of the team at left back for three seasons now, surpassing the 100 appearance milestone this season. His game has continued to develop too, with the 25-year-old scoring a personal best five goals in 2019-20 in 42 games, and topping the assist charts with eight.
Super 6 Goal of the Season
They always say leave the best until last, and the Super 6 Goal of the Season, again voted for by the fans, is Ash Hunter’s first goal against Bradford City in our last match!
The winger made an immediate positive impact on the team after arriving on loan from Fleetwood Town in January, and notched four goals in the last three games taking his total to five goals in 11 appearances. Fans can look forward to seeing more of Ash after the 24-year-old signed permanently on a two year deal this summer.
Following on from the success of their debut season – winning the GMWFL treble of League, League Cup, and Division Cup – Salford City Lionesses were also making a step up, into the sixth tier of the women’s pyramid.
A number of new faces arrived in the summer, but the core of the old team remained and although it took a couple of games they adapted to the new level with relative ease. After the disappointment of a first ever league defeat away at Chester, the Lionesses were on an 11-game winning run in the league in March and sitting top of the North West Women’s Regional Football League Division 1 South.
Rivals Curzon Ashton were close on the heels with games in hand, and we were also through to the next round of the Argyle Cup, but unfortunately the league season was declared null and void. Nevertheless next season already promises to be exciting so keep an eye out for any upcoming news!
Player of the Season
Voted for by the Lionesses staff, the Lionesses Player of the Season is Kay Baker!
The centre-back was one of the summer arrivals, but settled in well and is a strong, reliable presence in defence as well as a great character for both the team and club.
Club Captain Ellen Thornton commented: “Kay is hard working and brave as a lion! She throws her body on the line for the team and is a leader at the back!”
Goal of the Season
One of the more difficult awards to shortlist due to the sheer amount of goals, and good goals, scored by the Lionesses, this was also voted for by the fans.
In the end just 12 votes separated the winner from second place, and that winner is Abby Bennett for her fantastic free kick scored at Burscough Dynamo!
Without doubt it was one of the best team performances of the season, but Abby stole the show as she lifted a free-kick from a good 30-yards that lobbed the goalkeeper, who wasn’t too far off her line either.
Midfielder Abby has also enjoyed a prolific season with 18 goals from midfield in 18 appearances!
Peninsula Moment of the Season
Throughout the season, Stadium sponsors Peninsula have been choosing their Moment of the Month, but for the Moment of the Season they left it to the supporters!
During our debut EFL campaign there have been numerous stand-out moments, but the one fans have chosen as the best is Mani Dieseruvwe’s opening goal against Stevenage!
The striker’s name will forever live in Salford’s history as our first goalscorer in the EFL, and as a club it is one of the most significant landmarks to be set so well done to Mani.
That concludes our End of Season Awards, thank you to everyone who has voted for any of the accolades. Watch out on social media and the website for all the important announcements ahead of what we hope is another invigorating campaign in 2020-21.