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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Four Workington Town nominations in Championship One awards

Workington Town have received a massive boost ahead of Sunday’s play-off qualifier at Keighley – receiving four nominations in the end of season Championship One awards.

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Jack Pedley

Town’s success on and off the field has been rewarded with coaches Gary Charlton and Martin Oglanby again in the running for the coach-of-the-year award.

And injured hooker Jack Pedley’s superb season has seen him nominated for the young player-of-the-year award.

At the other end of the scale the experienced Darren Holt’s contribution to Town’s rise to success has also been noticed and he is up for the division’s player-of-the-year award.

On top of that, their off the field work has also been recognised. The club’s community programme, led by Marnie Jackson, is also in the running for an award.

The winners will be announced at a dinner on Tuesday, September 27.

Town chairman Dave Bowden is delighted with the nominations, which have come on the back of a great season for the club.

“It is marvellous that Gary and Martin have been recognised again. I think it reflects the ongoing progress that they have both made,” said Bowden.

“When we brought them in, we knew they were not going to change things around overnight, they needed time to succeed.

“And they have proved that given time they could. This is their second full season and they are now doing it superbly.”

Bowden was also delighted for Pedley, adding: “Jack has been absolutely outstanding for us this year. He is a bubbly character but on the pitch his maturity is really emerging.

“It is just a blow that at the serious end of the season, when his skills would have been on a bigger platform, we will be denied them but he has had his operation now and I’m sure he will bounce back stronger next year.”

Bowden said the nomination for Holt was also remarkable.

“I think it has come as a bit of a surprise to Darren,” said Bowden. “He has won this award before but about 12 years ago and to be nominated again, so long after the first time, just shows what a great career he has had and he is still turning it on and being noticed.

“He will admit he is in the autumn years of his career so this is a marvellous achievement and he has won games for us this year, especially with his kicking.”

Bowden also had praise for his community staff, led by community manager Marnie Jackson.

He added: “We picked up the community club of the year back in 2005 and now, for to appear in these awards for three years in succession, marks our progress off the field, which is down to Marnie and the team’s hard work.”

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