Newmarket Town captain James Seymour shocked to win three end of season awards
Newmarket Town skipper James Seymour has spoken of his ‘surprise’ after winning three awards at the club’s end of season presentation evening on Saturday.
Talking to the Journal last month, boss Michael Shinn hailed Seymour for the leadership qualities and versatility he had shown throughout the campaign.
And so it was perhaps somewhat predictable that the former Ely City and Mildenhall Town man scooped the Manager’s prize, alongside winning the Players’ Player and Presidents’ awards.
Seymour said: “It’s very humbling and I didn’t expect to win one award, let alone three. All of them are great but it’s nice to know your team-mates view you in that way.
“It’s come from three separate votes across the board and I really appreciate everyone who voted for me. I thought I’d done well during the season but not enough to end up winning three awards – it was a big surprise.”
Seymour’s 36 appearances saw him play in a number of positions, from centre-back to midfield to leading the attack.
The majority of players tend to prefer operating in one set position, yet Seymour is accustomed to chopping and changing.
“It’s something I’ve always done,” he said. “When I was at Ely I played right-back, centre-back and midfield and at Mildenhall I played centre-back and midfield.
“In a way it’s a good thing because it gives me more chances of playing, but it can be difficult. Playing in midfield and then dropping to centre-back is very different because suddenly everything is in front of you.
“But I don’t mind it that much, it’s all about doing what’s best for the team.”
As for the aforementioned ‘team’, an eighth-placed finish in last term’s Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division was a bit below pre-season expectations.
However, Seymour is hopeful that a positive end to the campaign can spill over into 2022/23.
“Honestly I can’t put my finger on why we had some of those inconsistent runs during the season,” he said.
“We got off to a flyer and then didn’t win for the next six or seven – most of the season was a bit like that.
“Eighth is not good enough for a club like ours that wants to be progressing.
“I can’t speak for the lads or Shinny in terms of their plans, but I think the group is keen to stick together.
“We ended the season really well and hopefully with two or three new signings coming in we’ll be ready to kick on.”
The other first-team awards on the night went to Lewis Whitehead, who was Top Goalscorer and voted the Supporters’ Player of the Year, while Joe Robinson won the Goal of the Season gong.
For the reserves, who achieved promotion, their Young Player of the Year award went to Sam Rudkin, while Liam Griffin and James Lane shared the Players’ Player of the Year prize.
Meanwhile, captain Lee Dixon won the Manager’s award.
In the Under-18s, Kacper Brzozowiec took home the Manager’s and Supporters’ Player of the Year awards, with Morgan Pacey-Smith taking the acclaim of his team-mates.
Newmarket Town Women’s Katie Hayes won the Manager’s Player of the Year award with Chloe Slater scooping the Players’ Player of the Year prize.
The same award for the Women’s Development side went the way of Shannon Chandler, while Lydia Mason came out on top in the running for the Manager’s Player of the Season award.