POPULAR Whitby Town defender Alex White cleaned up at the club’s end of season awards presentation night.
The 23-year-old won the accolades for supporters’ and players’ player of the year and got the digital nod too, winning the Geoff Swales Memorial Trophy, for website player of the season.
Former Hartlepool and Stranraer ace White told the Whitby Gazette this week: “The first half of the season was a bit of a write-off but when Darren Williams took over, we picked up from there.
“Everyone excelled from then onwards, there was a confidence in the side, everyone was enjoying their football and we picked up points against the likes of Northwich Victoria and FC United when no-one expected us to.”
Despite being marooned in the bottom four for most of the season, White - who signed in February 2011 for Williams’ predecessor Tommy Cassidy - always believed the Blues would stay up.
“We thoroughly deserved it, it was promotion form and if we had played like that from the start of the season, we would have been pushing for the play-offs,” he said.
White also had words of praise for the Whitby supporters for helping to cheer them to safety in the EvoStik League’s top tier.
“The supporters have been the 12th man, especially in the second half of the season and just before Christmas when everyone was writing us off but the fans stayed with us all season,” he said.
“When we won our last league game 1-0 at Buxton it typified how they were - they were singing all match and it gave us a lift.”
White was not the only player to land an award at the club’s end-of-season presentation at the Stables.
Skipper Mark Robinson was presented with a printed Blues’ shirt to celebrate playing all 47 competitive games last season which White described as “a special achievement” while a shield was also presented to striker Jamie Clarke, who top-scored with 10 goals.
Williams, who masterminded the transformation which saw Whitby retain their premier division status, said White has a tremendous left foot and is good in the air - and moving him from left back to centre half was a change which worked.
At the same time, Ibby Hassan was switched from centre back to right back, giving the side “more balance” at the back.
Speaking about his ever-present captain, Williams said Robbo was “the type who wants to play and be involved in every game.”
“He picked up a knock to his calf which persisted, but fair play, he put himself about and it’s important when your captain is constantly on the pitch. He has been consistent all season.”
Awards in full:
Geoff Swales Website Player of the Year: 1 Alex White, 2 Tom Portas, 3 Kev Burgess, Mark Robinson, Darren Williams.
Top goalscorer: 1 Jamie Clarke (10), 2 Jimmy Beadle (6), 3 Andy Appleby, Jake Faichney, Mark Robinson (5).
Players’ player of the year: 1 Alex White, runners up: Kev Burgess, Jeff Smith.
Supporters’ player of the year: 1 Alex White, runners-up: Kev Burgess, Ibby Hassan.