Clitheroe Rugby Club celebrate season of success at Littlemoor

Stuart Railton, Luke Hayton, Tom Hardman, Craig Procter and Richard Thornber
Stuart Railton, Luke Hayton, Tom Hardman, Craig Procter and Richard Thornber

Clitheroe Rugby Club held their traditional end of season dinner and presentations recently.

The Littlemoor HQ was the location for the 36th Annual Dinner, on a night of high drama and intrigue as to who had scooped the coveted awards this season.

A packed clubhouse full of players, officials and guests were splendidly wined and dined with a first rate banquet, before the real action started.

To an expectant audience, the captains delivered their speeches and made the presentations.

First up, representing the second XV, were joint skippers Andrew Thornber and Steve Dowson, who led everyone through the journey of the season which ultimately led to promotion for the team.

A mightily successful season everyone agreed.

Then to the prizes - the Most Improved Player was kept in the family, won by Richard Thornber, a well deserved accolade for someone who only started playing rugby this season.

The Players’ Player went to Craig Procter, who was head and shoulders above the rest this term, a popular choice.

Then it was over to the first XV Captain Nathan Peel, who delivered a quick recap of the season where so many younger and newer players had begun to make their mark on the senior stage, which must bode well for the future.

The Most Improved Player went to Stuart Railton, a talented player who began to show his true potential last season.

The Coach’s Player of the season, a newly introduced award for this year, went to Tom Hardman, another fresh face to the club, whose dedication for attending training and games is truly inspirational.

Then to the coveted Players’ Player of the Season, as voted for on the night.

The winner was Luke Hayton, who, after a quiet start has developed into one of the mainstays of the team - definitely the correct and popular choice.

The evening concluded with the traditional loyal toast and tales that got taller and better as the night wore on.