Fleetwood celebrate prize assets

Fleetwood Town FC presentation evening held at the Club. Chairman Andy Pilley (left) and manager Micky Mellon.
Fleetwood Town FC presentation evening held at the Club. Chairman Andy Pilley (left) and manager Micky Mellon.

ANTHONY Barry was the big winner as Fleetwood Town celebrated their outstanding first season in non-league’s elite division.

The midfielder was named players’ and supporters’ player of the year at the club’s awards night in Jim’s Bar at Highbury on Saturday.

Barry’s magnificent long-range strike in Town’s 3-1 win at Luton in February won the goal of the season award.

Micky Mellon’s vote as manager’s player of the year went to Barry’s fellow midfielder Jamie McGuire, while Liam Wynn was named youth player of the season.

A delighted Barry said: “I was made up with the three awards. It shows all the work I put in over the season was worthwhile.

“ It was a good season overall and the presentation evening capped it off. The fans showed what they thought and my fellow professionals also gave me the nod.

“Confidence will be taken into the new season as we have plenty to build on. We will be expected to do really well in the league and perform to the best of our ability.”

A presentation for lifetime contribution was made Barry McCloughline and it was agreed to name the clubman of the year award after him. That award was presented to Shirley Ramsbottom.

Town finished fifth in their maiden Blue Square Bet Premier campaign, reaching the play-off semi-finals. Their conquerors Wimbledon went on to win a place in the Football League on Saturday, beating Luton Town in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless final at Manchester City.