Picture Gallery: League salutes its stars on Sunday
The Evening News Copy IT Norwich and District Sunday League has saluted its class of 2010-2011.
Winners and runners-up after a memorable season were honoured at the annual awards evening at the Holiday Inn, Norwich Airport.
North city pub side Marlborough were again top of the hit parade as they picked up their fifth top flight trophy in the last six seasons and their ninth overall.
Acle Rangers received the Pink Un League Cup, which they won by beating Dog House.
Dog House, who at one stage were chasing the elusive treble, had to settle for runners-up spot in the top flight but had the distinction of winning the much-coveted Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup, beating arch-rivals Marlborough at Carrow Road.
Division 1a champions Reepham Town and Division 1b winners Aylsham Sunday will be joined in the Premier Division next season by Hellesdon Athletic who beat Unicorns in the play-off. The withdrawal of Silver Fox after the play-off means that Unicorns will play in the top flight after all.
Other divisional winners’ trophies were presented to The Castlegate (2a), Rose Tavern (2b), Sprowston Royal Oak (3a), Heartsease (3b), and newcomers Riverside Rovers (4a) and Briston Wanderers (4b) who both crowned their league debut seasons with titles.
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Hellesdon Athletic’s Tony Barnard was a popular winner of the secretary of the season award which he received from league secretary Ben Casey. The trophies were presented by league officials and guests including Norfolk County FA chairman Richard King, Evening News journalist Milton Lindsay and Keith Fiddament, technical director of league joint sponsors Copy IT.
Awards were presented to league cup final match officials Kevin Betts, Ricky Taylor, John Middleton and Richard Gostling.
Trophies also went to the top six league referees: Mark Ames, Phil Edwards, John Coates, Andy Mallett, Mike Coulson and Paul Cutter.
At a dinner before the main event, league chairman Paul Ballard presented a trophy to referee Glen Sandell for completing an outstanding 25 years service to the league.
Ten new teams will be lining up in the Evening News Copy IT Norwich Sunday League next season. They are: Bungay Town, Brooke, William Wanderers, Dilham Cross Keys, Phoenix Felthorpe, School House, White Rose United, Salhouse Rovers Reserves, Costessey Sports Reserves and Manor Park.
The league’s annual meeting is on Tuesday, June 14 (7.30) at the Oaklands Hotel, Yarmouth Road, Norwich.