YORK City manager Nigel Worthington has welcomed the announcement that the club will stage a player of the year awards night at York Racecourse on Thursday, May 8.

The event, to be held in the Ebor Suite, will be attended by the full Minstermen first-team squad and costs £40 per ticket, which includes a three-course dinner with coffee.

BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration will be the master of ceremonies and a memorabilia auction will also be held, while cabaret and dancing will be provided by The Buddies.

The Billy Fenton Memorial Trophy will be presented to the player of the year, based on votes cast by City supporters, with other awards including young player of the year (decided by coaching staff to a player aged 23 and under), players’ player of the year, goal of the season, top scorer and most outstanding moment.

City boss Worthington said: “It’s a great thing to look forward to and important there’s something there for the players to have a claim to and be proud of at the end of the season.

“It also gets the supporters thinking about who they should honour, which is good.”

The Minstermen are also looking for potential sponsors for the different awards with a cost of £500 plus VAT securing a table for ten in a prime position, the opportunity to present the award and receive a signed photograph of the presentation, as well as acknowledgement in the table brochures.

For further information on the night, phone York City’s commercial office on 01904 559501.

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