The u8 Whitehaven AFC Lionesses had a very special guest for their Presentation Night to top off a brilliant season for the young Lionesses. 'Fatha' Bill Robson was our honoured guest and we hope that the vision and enthusiasm this man has for this great club he started, rubs off on the Lionesses and everyone else in the room to help carry on that vision he had.
Bill Robson played for Carlisle United, Kendal FC and most notably Workington Reds, scoring 55 goals in a 130 appearances for them. As a young lad he played in a 3rd Round tie against the Mighty Busby Babes, a team not only the best in this country but feared across all of Europe as they swept everything away in front of them. Bill played in front of a 21,000 crowd that day and they actually took the lead, and although they'd go on to lose the game, they gave a brilliant account of themselves.
One of Bills most treasured memories was when he Captained the Commonwealth Army in Korea, while serving in the Kings Own Regiment, and played in front of around 45,000 people. He was wanted by teams such as Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Sporting Lisbon.
But Bill will tell you all those memories doesn't compare to the pleasure and enjoyment he has found being part of the wonderful rollarcoaster that is Whitehaven Amateurs. Bill started the club in 1994 when he leased the ground as they needed a pitch for what had previously been the Marchon Team. There were many obstacles over the years, including prior to their first game a water main bursting on the ground and sending gallons of water in the air and the old changing rooms setting on fire due to a gas leak. However Bill never let any of this knock him and always was planning how he could fix it and make it better.
He'll tell you, that we all like to win, but not at all costs and its far more important people coming together as a community and having fun and enjoyment and them values are key to our success both on and off the pitch. The Club now is one of the largest if not the largest in Cumbria in terms of teams and player participation, it has the largest set of Girls Teams and is the only Club in Cumbria to offer u6-Senior Boys and Mens Football, u7-Senior Girls Football and PAN Disability Football. This has all been made possible by what 'Fatha' Bill started all those years ago, and for that we thank him.
It was an extra special night for Bill personally as his Great Granddaughter is a member of the u8 Lionesses, and she idolises her Great Grandad so was really special for her as well to have him there. The Night was a brilliant success, Bill got to meet all the girls and coaching team and the girls and parents were hugely grateful Bill made it and at the end he left to rapturous applauds from everyone.
The awards Winners on the night were all really deserving, the girls have been outstanding this year, high levels of training attendance, and listening to the key principles we teach them and had their rewards by being the WCYL U8 Futsal Champions League Winners & WCYL U8 Champions League Winners. The awards winners on the night were;
Parents Player of the Year - Amelia Whitefield
Players Player of the Year - Marcie Seath
Most Improved Player of the Year - Grace Moffat & Sydney Smith
Coaches Player of the Year - Sammie Kerrush
Lioness of the Year - Isobella Robson
Player of the Year - Libby McKee
WHITEHVEN AFC U8 LIONESSES AWARD WINNERS!!
The Winners all were brilliant all season, Parents Player Amelia Whitefield is our little #MiniMessi and has incredible foot work on the ball, super skilful and a great girl. Players Player Marcie Seath has been a joy to coach all season and always gives 110% in both training and games and is a good role model. Coaches Player Sammie Kerrush is a wonderful girl to have in the side, tough tackler and takes no prisoners, but very comfortable on the ball and great going forward. The Most Improved Award was awarded to 2 girls as impossible to split them, Grace Moffat & Sydney Smith, both have hugely improved all season and now a now doing great work in every game, again, lovely lasses first and foremost. The Player of the Year was Libby McKee, an absolute deadly striker, and really clever girl who works really hard for the team.
However the highlight of the night for the u8s was when Bill Robson was able to present is Great Granddaughter Isobella with an award when she won the Lioness of the Year trophy, this is a special award in the team that not only recognises good football ability, which Bella has lots of, but also recognises the values we hold dear as a team, being kind, positive and looking after others, all of which Isobella does and we couldn't be more prouder. Bill wasn't told that she was winning an award, so it was a lovely moment to see them both together and Isobella thoroughly deserved it.
Special Moment that Legend & Gentleman Fatha Bill Robson presents his Great Granddaughter with her award!!
The coaches of the team said 'It's been an incredible year for the Lionesses this year, we've added new players who have slotted in perfectly, and the original players have continued to be really good. We are so grateful to LLWR for their sponsorship and support of the Lionesses, been great all season and we love them being connected with us, supporting a young girls team in the community. We'd like to thank all the girls, the parents and supporters, and the club for all their support, and we'd also like to thank Bill Robson Snr for accepting the invite to come to present the awards.'
Bill Robson Presents Awards to the u8 Lionesses!!