Manager nominates top team for award

The all-conquering Hartlepool Youth FC
The all-conquering Hartlepool Youth FC
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A PROUD football manager is over the moon at his fantastic young team which won six trophies in one season.

Liam Spencer, 21, is the manager for the Hartlepool Youth FC under 13’s team which plays at the Tech Rugby Club pitch.

Liam, who was a player for the team himself in his younger days, was so impressed that he has nominated for the team category in the Hartlepool Mail sports awards.

He said: “I believe they deserve to be nominated after an amazing season.”

The team’s successes included winning promotion for the third successive year. It also included playing 20 games, losing just four and scoring 104 goals in the process.

Then, during the summer, the squad kept on playing and took part in the Haggerston Castle Championships - a two-day tournament. The side went unbeaten throughout the competition and triumphed over Scottish team Lewis United in the final to bring the trophy back to Hartlepool.

Then, just weeks later, they won another competition in Redcar and triumphed yet again in a tournament in Hartlepool.

Further successes followed in the Corus Cup where they reached the final, and returned to Redcar to win another competition.

Liam said: “They got a trophy out of everything they entered which is really special.”

As well as the under-13s team, Liam has also nominated the overall Hartlepool Youth FC outfit for the club of the year award.

The organisation now welcomes 70 children from under-10s upwards and Liam said: “This club seems to get bigger and stronger every year.”

We want more nominations. We want to honour people from well-established names to those who rarely get the recognition they deserve.

But we can not do that unless you come forward with your favourites.

This year’s sports awards is searching for the very best in fields from team of the year to the lifetime achievement award, and from unsung hero to sports personality.

There’s plenty of time to put forward your favourites before we move on to the tough process of choosing the shortlist.

l Fill in the application form in today’s paper or go HERE