ANDY BOOTH was quick to praise Gary Roberts as Town’s top marksman took the Player of the Year award.
Booth was presented with the Contribution to the Club award at the annual ceremony on Saturday, just hours after his final home game.
But Roberts was handed the Hargreaves Memorial Trophy after an impressive first season following his arrival from Ipswich.
Roberts also landed the Players’ Player of the Year award and the Golden Boot for his leading 11-goal haul.
And Booth said: “Gary’s been great this season, and I think he’s going to have an even better one next time around.
“He’s hard-working, skilful and tricky, and he’s shown he has an eye for goal, which is a great combination for a wideman.”
Teenage goalkeeper Alex Smithies took two trophies, the Young Player of the Year and Antoni’s Memorial Academy Player of the Year.
And Michael Collins, on the scoresheet alongside Booth in the 2-2 draw with Brighton which left Town ninth In League I, was named Media Player of the Year.
But Booth was still the name on most people’s lips, including manager Lee Clark.
“It’s just a shame we couldn’t give him a winning send-off,” said Clark, whose side were twice pegged back by Brighton (Calvin Andrew netted in the 38th minute and Lloyd Owusu in the 66th after Booth’s goal in the 16th and Collins’ in the 57th).
“Andy didn’t let the occasion get to him – he performed like a true professional, and that’s why he’s had such an outstanding career.
“We were all delighted when he scored, and it’s a pity their keeper made such a great save from him late on.”Related content
Asked if he would play Booth in Saturday’s final game at Leyton Orient, Clark responded: “With four goals in three games, he’s the man in form, so he’ll be the first on the teamsheet!”
The only letdown for the manager was the manner of Brighton’s two goals, which he put down to slipshod defending.
“They sum up why our season finishes next weekend and not with the play-offs,” he said. “We cannot give away goals like that and we have conceded twice from set-pieces. People haven’t done their jobs.
“You should not have to score three times to win a home match.Related content
“On the plus side, we played some excellent stuff at times and the second goal epitomised that.”
Brighton boss Russell Slade, whose side are two points off the drop zone, said of Booth: “What a character, what a servant for his club and what desire for the game. Good luck to him.”
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