GRASSROOTS football players and officials and special guests enjoyed a memorable night at the Midland Hotel as the Manchester Football Association staged an evening of celebration to recognise and reward their grassroots community with nearly 300 people in attendance

The MFA were delighted to bring the people who do so much to promote and develop the grassroots game together to celebrate the time and effort they offer on a voluntary basis week-in and week-out.

Among the distinguished guests who helped give out the awards were Manchester United and City legend Brian Kidd, Casey Stoney, the head coach of the new Manchester United Women’s team, Dave Clarke of England and GB Blind team, former Premier League star Frank Sinclair and Alex Williams MBE, the Manchester City Community Ambassador.

Hugh Ferris, a well-known sports and events presenter, was the MC for the evening.

Among the local stars winning awards were John Bailes, of Old Trafford Seniors and Juniors, who was given an award by Stoney for a terrific 52 years of service to his club.

Mike Yates, formerly a stalwart at Old Stretfordians FC and now the chairman of the Lancashire and Cheshire League, also won a long-service award for his 25-year involvement in grassroots football.

AFC Urmston Meadowside were nominated for awards in five different categories, one of which was Community Engagement for their Three Lions Programme.