By a convincing margin the Supporters’ Club chose Fabricio Coloccini as their Player of the Season for 2010-11. Fabricio is the latest winner of this prestigious award with previous winners including Shay Given, James Milner, Michael Owen, Steven Taylor and Jose Enrique. The trophy was presented to Fabricio pitchside before the recent match against Stoke by a presentation party selected from those who had taken part in the vote.
Unfortunately our train from London was late in arriving at Newcastle so the presentation party consisting of Jim Wilson and his two sons Alex and Jamie along with Roger Douglass acting as bag carrier had to jump in a cab at the Central Station and issue that immortal instruction – St James’ Park, Players Entrance!
At St James’ Park Simon Newell representing the Committee was anxiously waiting for the presentation party to arrive. Sadly, because of our late running train the party arrived too late for our allotted time slot and we owe a tremendous vote of thanks to Mark Hannen, Newcastle United’s Press Officer for arranging a second slot for us.
During our wait we had the pleasure of meeting our Club President Peter Beardsley who happily chatted to us for a few minutes before having to dash off for another meeting.
Finally on the pitch we had the opportunity to meet Fabricio and for Jim and his sons to present him not only with the impressive Player of the Season Trophy but with a presentation cheque (carefully prepared by Jenny and Des Kindley) payable to Fabricio’s nominated charity.
Fabricio was very welcoming and happily posed for photographs as well as thanking us for both the trophy and the cheque before dashing off to the pre-match warm up.
As always our members very generously contributed to Fabricio’s nominated charity and we are absolutely delighted to present a cheque for ₤500 to the Newcastle based Twisting Ducks Theatre Company which is dedicated to issues related to learning disabilities.
With this contribution the Supporters’ Club has raised almost ₤4,000 in recent years for Newcastle related charities including The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Charlie Crowe Scanner Appeal. And to round it all off – what a smashing victory against Stoke!