VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE- MANAGER OF THE MONTH
Sam Ricketts (Wrexham)
After missing out on the play-offs in recent seasons, Wrexham are dreaming big again thanks to their new manager.
Talk about hitting the ground running. Since being appointed in the summer Sam Ricketts has taken next to no time to get his feet under the table in north Wales.
Now sitting top of the fifth tier, October was a month Wrexham earned National League victories over Havant & Waterlooville, Dagenham & Redbridge and Hartlepool United.
Ricketts also did what no manager has done for three years at the Racecourse Ground – his side progressed to the first round of the FA Cup, defeating title rivals Harrogate Town over two sticky ties.
Ricketts has installed a winning formula at Wrexham and the Club are enjoying their best start to a season for some time.
Can Ricketts be the man to take Wrexham back to the fourth tier, ten years after they said goodbye?
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE- PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Mike Williamson (Gateshead)
When you’ve played at the top level, stepping down isn’t always as straightforward as people will have you think.
But since joining Gateshead earlier this season, former Newcastle United man Mike Williamson has rapidly become an integral part of Steve Watson’s side as they continue to defy pre-season odds, currently placed eighth in the National League table.
The Heed won three of their four league fixtures during October – taking all three points against Havant & Waterlooville, Dagenham & Redbridge and Aldershot Town – as well as keeping clean sheets in all three games. They kept another as they eased past Dunston UTS in the FA Cup.
Forging a strong partnership as part of the Gateshead backline, the 34-year-old has helped his side look unbreakable at times as the Heed threaten to gatecrash the top seven
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE- VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
George Dunnington (Harrogate Town)
George Dunnington of Harrogate Town has won October’s Volunteer of the Month for the National League.
George has been involved with Harrogate Town since the 1960’s, in a number of roles including groundsman, director, club secretary, head of ground maintenance as well as a fund raiser.
Now in his eighties, he has never taken a penny from the Club in all those years, but still heads up stadium maintenance and these days, he can still be found at the ground more often than he is not.
He is considered an inspiration to everyone at the Club. He is always positive, smiling and willing to go the extra mile to help people.
A real gentleman; thoroughly generous and loyal – George is Mr Harrogate Town.
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