Respect for beautiful game pays off for Fry Club FC

Published on: 06 Feb 2017

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It’s some months until the end of the 2016-17 season, but Fry Club FC’s First Team can already celebrate a victory.

The team were announced winners of the mid-season Somerset FA Respect Award and last month team captain Kris Allen was presented with the £250 prize by Roy Penney, Somerset County League chairman, and general secretary David Braithwaite at the Somerdale Pavilion.

The award, which is part of a national drive by the FA to promote fair play and good behaviour in football, is based on scores given by referees after each match in the league. Marks are given for factors such as the captain’s, players’ and management’s attitude towards match officials and players’ and spectators’ behaviour, and can be deducted if players are sent off or for other unsporting behaviour.

The team have also previously been end-of-season Respect winners and are hoping to repeat that performance this year as they continue to promote a friendly, family-orientated atmosphere. 

Kris said: “This award is not only an honour for the First Team, but is recognition for the attitude that reigns throughout the club for both adult and junior sections.

“The match officials have an unenviable task at times to manage the competitive nature of Somerset County football, therefore it was a privilege to receive this award on behalf of Fry Club First Team. The First Team thanks both the management of Fry Club and the Somerset County League for making this possible.”

The First Team are currently sitting mid-table in the Somerset County Premier Division, finding their feet after starting the season with a new management team and several new players.

Since the middle of October, they have won nine out of their last 11 games, drawing one game and only losing to top-of-the-table Nailsea and Tickenham. Their most recent performance saw them score a 2-0 win over fifth-placed Middlezoy Rovers on January 28.

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