Maccabi London Lions are pleased to announce the winners of our 2017/18 season annual awards for the Adult, Junior and Masters sections of the club.
All the major award winners will be added to the club roll of honour in the next day and will remain there in perpetuity: click here for all past and present winners.
First Team Player of the Year: Austin Lipman
Our former Arsenal and Engand Youth star wins this award for the second season running, and becomes the first ever player to do so. His superb technical ability once again stands him out as a player that is at the centre of everything good in the first team. He has been consistent and his ability to score and create goals is priceless for our club.
First Team Players’ Player of the Year & First Team Golden Boot:
Adam returned to Lions early this season following a number of years plying his trade in the Ryman League. His impact was immediate and he gave Lions the firepower we needed back in the Spartan South Midlands League with 34 goals. His record six-goal haul against Broadfields was a highlight of an excellent season.
Young Player of the Year: Tyler Smith
Tyler broke through into the first team this season appearing 36 times, and showing he can be an important part of the future of London Lions. With excellent pace, and skill, to go with the correct attitude, Tyler is a deserved winner of this season’s Young Player award; and he joins an illustrious list of names who he can aim to emulate.
Golden Glove Award: Nathan Bloohn
Nathan has shown he will have an exciting future at London Lions with some impressive displays between the sticks. In his first season at Under 18, he has taken it all in his stride with excellent shot-stopping and handling ability. Stepped up to the Under 21s and looked equally impressive. One to watch!
Manager of the Year: Andrew Miller and Steve Gordon
The first time a Junior club has supplied the winner of this award, but the unprecedented success of the Under 13s really justifies the break in tradition. Following on from last season’s first ever County Cup win for a Lions Junior side, they followed it up this season with a second one – but this time added the WFL title, and both cups in a ‘clean sweep’ quadruple.
Club Person of the Year: Adam Myeroff
The first time anyone has won this award for their on-field contribution to the club. Myeroff has been a stalwart since 1999, playing consistently and with a great positive approach to the game throughout his career. His return to first team action this season in his late 30’s has allowed him to amass over 450 appearances, a club record by some margin.
Player of the Year: Alex Taylor
Players’ Player of the Year: Max Misrahi
Golden Boot: Kiki Levin
Player of the Year: Daniel Behar
Players’ Player of the Year: Ed Brafman
Golden Boot: Joshua Bloom
The Junior awards showcase players who have excelled in a range of achievements and showing an outstanding attitude throughout the year as voted by their coaches.
The Junior player and manager of the year will join our roll of honour in perpetuity on the club website awards page. The ‘Squad of the Year’ will be presented with frames in the coming weeks as recognition of their award.
Junior Player of the Year: Asher Martin
Asher has been a great performer in our Under 16 White team and has shown a fantastic attitude which has seen him develop hugely over the last 18 months.
Junior Manager of the Year: Andrew Miller and Steve Gordon
Andy and Steve have had another stellar season which has seen them have probably the most successful year of any Lions Junior side we have ever had, by winning a quadruple including the Herts County Cup. They regain their title as Junior Managers of the Year.
Junior Squad of the Year:
U7’s – Dylan Reches and Zach Spillman
U8’s – Freddie Davis and Zac W
U9’s – Zac Dickman and Benjamin Redland
U10’s – Natan Glatt and Daniel Ben Yair
U11’s – Sammy Gershon and Rafi Chester
U12’s – Adam Rubin and Nathan Brenner
U13’s – Zack Miller and Zan Appleson-Fidler
U14’s – Ben Werter and Sam Goldberg
U15’s – Lucas Schreiber and Tyler Gordon
U16’s – Asher Martin and Eytan Millan
Head of Coaching Tony Gold:
‘All the winners deserve massive credit. This is not solely about who is the best player, but boys’ effort, attitude, commitment to playing the right way and with high standards of quality all form part of what impresses the coaches over the year. These boys have stood out over the past year in their work at training in particular.
This is always a tricky decision as I am proud to say that we have many kids showing the above attributes across the club – the future is hugely bright at Lions and we want to congratulate all the boys who have put on a Lions shirt this season; they have shown that our Junior section is currently better than ever.’
Garston Veterans League:
Player of the Year: Lee Cash
Players Player of the Year: Alex Levack
Golden Boot: Lee Cash
Over 35s Player of the Year: Craig Henry
Over 35s Golden Boot: Bradley Lazarus
Over 42s Player of the Year: Adam Brand
Over 42s Players’ Player of the Year: Gideon Barnett
Over 42s Golden Boot: Gideon Barnett