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Lee Thompson Memorial Trophy 2012

Ray Thompon presented the Lee Thompson Memorial Shield to Max Tarrant

 

The 2012 Lee Thompson Memorial Shield was presented to Under-16s player Max Tarrant for his outstanding contribution to club football over the past year.

 

Max was nominated by his coach and father Nick Tarrant. Max's nomination was as follows:

This player represents a select group of players who have no choice but to be first to every match and always turn up to training every week, no matter what the weather. They know they will have to play outstandingly well to receive the Managers’ player award without shouts of ‘fix’. They know they have to play really well to justify why they are on the pitch when others are subs, and at the same time know they could also be substituted (mostly without complaint) to show the other players that you are being fair. They also have to live with the fact that it is their parent that made those terrible decisions or are just plain embarrassing.   They are the mangers’ sons and daughters. 

This player has played for Hethersett from Under 7’s.  He has been an exceptional player, though obviously he does not always see it this way, with the ability to pick out that perfect pass, more so than the higher profile players.  He is skilful with both feet, sometimes scores goals and has a tremendous understanding of the game.  I know he doesn’t like it when I substitute him, usually to give other players their turn on the pitch, and his frustration at not playing shows how much taking part means to him.

Frustration sums up the last two and a half seasons. Possibly unknown by some,  or not noticed because of the effort he puts in, he has played with a chronic problem that affects his joints, often playing with painful knees, meaning that a whole game is not always possible. Despite this he is always keen to play, has always battled away when on the pitch, and puts a lot more effort into every game than I think others realise. 

With these problems aside, I would recommend Max for the contribution he has made as a genuine team player over the years, for the amount of effort he puts into his football, and everything he has had to put up with as one of that forgotten, taken for granted group, the managers’ sons. 

Max won the shield, beating two other fine nominees in Michael Lemmon for  his outstanding work as a coach and club organiser and Steve Walker for his outstanding work in a number of club areas.